20 October 2004 The VLTI focal instrument Amber: results of the first phase of the alignment, integration, and verification in Paranal
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AMBER, Astronomical Multi BEam combineR, is the near-infrared focal instrument dedicated to the VLTI. It is designed to combine three of the VLTI Telescopes and to work simultaneously in the J, H and K spectral bands (1.0 to 2.4 μm). The project successfully passed the Preliminary Acceptance in Europe in November 2003, resulting in the validation of the instrument laboratory performance1, of the compliance with the initial scientific specifications, and of the acceptance of ESO for AMBER to be part of the VLTI. After the transportation of the instrument to Paranal, Chile in January 2004, the Assembly Integration and Verification phase occurred mid-March to succeed with the first fringes observing bright stars with the VLTI siderostats. This paper describes the different steps of the AIV and the first results in terms of instrumental stability, estimated visibility and differential phase.
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Sylvie Robbe-Dubois, Sylvie Robbe-Dubois, Romain Gueorguiev Petrov, Romain Gueorguiev Petrov, Stephane Lagarde, Stephane Lagarde, Pierre Antonelli, Pierre Antonelli, Yves Bresson, Yves Bresson, Alain Roussel, Alain Roussel, Denis Mourard, Denis Mourard, Fabien Malbet, Fabien Malbet, Florentin Millour, Florentin Millour, Gerard Zins, Gerard Zins, Alain Delboulbe, Alain Delboulbe, Gilles Duvert, Gilles Duvert, Laurence Gluck, Laurence Gluck, Pierre Y. Kern, Pierre Y. Kern, Etienne P. LeCoarer, Etienne P. LeCoarer, Karine Rousselet-Perraut, Karine Rousselet-Perraut, Eric Tatulli, Eric Tatulli, Udo Beckmann, Udo Beckmann, Matthias Heininger, Matthias Heininger, Gerd P. Weigelt, Gerd P. Weigelt, Franco Lisi, Franco Lisi, Paolo Stefanini, Paolo Stefanini, Matteo Accardo, Matteo Accardo, Carla S. Gil, Carla S. Gil, Martin Vannier, Martin Vannier, Nicholas Haddad, Nicholas Haddad, Nico Housen, Nico Housen, Mario Kiekebusch, Mario Kiekebusch, Pedro Mardones, Pedro Mardones, Florence Puech, Florence Puech, Fredrik T. Rantakyro, Fredrik T. Rantakyro, Andrea Richichi, Andrea Richichi, Markus Schoeller, Markus Schoeller, } "The VLTI focal instrument Amber: results of the first phase of the alignment, integration, and verification in Paranal", Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550323; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.550323
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