30 September 2004 Performance of FLAMES at the VLT: one year of operation
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Four years after its announcement at SPIE, FLAMES, the VLT fibre facility, has been completed, integrated into the VLT observatory and commissioned. It has been in operation since February 2003. More than 250000 scientific (single) spectra have been obtained, which have enabled the on-sky performance of the instrument to be compared to the predictions. We show that in several relevant aspects the real instrument significantly outperforms the specified astronomical performance. Some of the early scientific results are finally presented.
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Luca Pasquini, Luca Pasquini, Roberto Castillo, Roberto Castillo, Hans Dekker, Hans Dekker, Reinhard Hanuschik, Reinhard Hanuschik, Andreas Kaufer, Andreas Kaufer, Andrea Modigliani, Andrea Modigliani, Ralf Palsa, Ralf Palsa, Francesca Primas, Francesca Primas, Riccardo Scarpa, Riccardo Scarpa, Jonathan Smoker, Jonathan Smoker, Burkhard Wolff, Burkhard Wolff, } "Performance of FLAMES at the VLT: one year of operation", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550437; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.550437
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