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21 February 2003 Catalog of reference stars for long baseline stellar interferometry
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The calibration process of long baseline stellar interferometers requires the use of reference stars with accurately determined angular diameters. We present a catalog of 374 carefully chosen stars among the all-sky network of infrared sources provided by Ref. 1. The catalog benefits from a very good sky coverage and a median formal error on the angular diameters of only 1.2%. Besides, its groups together in a homogeneous handy set stellar coordinates, uniform and limb-darkened angular diameters, photometric measurements, and other parameters relevant to optical interferometry. In this paper, we describe the selection criteria applied to qualify stars as reference sources. Then, we discuss the catalog's statistical properties such as the sky coverage or the distributions of magnitudes and angular diameters. We study the number of available reference stars as a function of the baseline and the precision needed on the visibility measurements. Finally, we compare the angular diameters predicted in Ref. 1 with existing determinations in the literature, and find a very good agreement.
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Pascal J. Borde, Vincent Coude du Foresto, Gilles Chagnon, and Guy S. Perrin "Catalog of reference stars for long baseline stellar interferometry", Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003);


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