21 February 2003 The VLTI -- A Status Report
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The Very Large Telescope (VLT) Observatory on Cerro Paranal (2635 m) in Northern Chile is approaching completion. After the four 8-m Unit Telescopes (UT) individually saw first light in the last years, two of them were combined for the first time on October 30, 2001 to form a stellar interferometer, the VLT Interferometer. The remaining two UTs will be integrated into the interferometric array later this year. In this article, we will describe the subsystems of the VLTI and the planning for the following years.
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Andreas Glindemann, J. Algomedo, Rodrigo Amestica, Pascal Ballester, Bertrand Bauvir, E. Bugueno, Serge Correia, Francisco Delgado, Francoise Delplancke, Frederic Derie, Philippe Duhoux, Emmanuel di Folco, Alberto Gennai, Bruno Gilli, Paul Giordano, Philippe B. Gitton, Stephane Guisard, Nico Housen, Alexis Huxley, Pierre Kervella, Mario Kiekebusch, Bertrand Koehler, Samuel A. Leveque, Antonio Longinotti, Sebastien Morel, Francesco Paresce, Than Phan Duc, Andrea Richichi, Markus Schoeller, Massimo Tarenghi, Anders Wallander, Markus Wittkowski, Rainer Wilhelm, S. Menardi, "The VLTI -- A Status Report", Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458117; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.458117


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