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21 February 2003 Ten-micron instrument MIDI: getting ready for observations on the VLTI
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The mid-infrared interferometric instrument MIDI is currently undergoing testing in preparation for commissioning on the Very Large Telescope Interferometer VLTI at the end of this year 2002. It will perform interferometric observations over the 8 μm - 13 μm wavelength range, with a spatial resolution of 20 milliarcsec, a spectral resolution of up to 250, and an anticipated point source sensitivity of N = 4 mag or 1 Jy for self-fringe tracking, which will be the only observing mode during the first months of operation. We describe the layout of the instrument and the performance during laboratory tests, both for broadband and spectrally resolved observing modes. We also briefly outline the planned guaranteed time observations.
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Christoph Leinert, Uwe Graser, L. B. F. M. Waters, Guy S. Perrin, Walter Jaffe, Bruno Lopez, Frank Przygodda, Olivier Chesneau, Peter A. Schuller, Annelie W. Glazenborg-Kluttig, Werner Laun, Sebastiano Ligori, Jeffrey A. Meisner, Karl Wagner, Eric J. Bakker, Bill Cotton, Jeroen de Jong, Richard Mathar, Udo Neumann, and Clemens Storz "Ten-micron instrument MIDI: getting ready for observations on the VLTI", Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457027;


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