28 July 2008 The Very Large Telescope Interferometer: an update
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Proceedings Volume 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry; 70130C (2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788209
Event: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2008, Marseille, France
Abstract
The ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) offers access to the four 8 m Unit Telescopes (UT) and the four 1.8 m Auxiliary Telescopes (AT) of the Paranal Observatory located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The fourth AT has been delivered to operation in December 2006, increasing the flexibility and simultaneous baselines access of the VLTI. Regular science operations are now carried on with the two VLTI instruments, AMBER and MIDI. The FINITO fringe tracker is now used for both visitor and service observations with ATs and will be offered on UTs in October 2008, bringing thus the fringe tracking facility to VLTI instruments. In parallel to science observations, technical periods are also dedicated to the characterization of the VLTI environment, upgrades of the existing systems, and development of new facilities. We will describe the current status of the VLTI and prospects on future evolution.
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Pierre Haguenauer, Roberto Abuter, Jaime Alonso, Javier Argomedo, Bertrand Bauvir, Guillaume Blanchard, Henri Bonnet, Stéphane Brillant, Michael Cantzler, Frédéric Derie, Françoise Delplancke, Nicola Di Lieto, Christophe Dupuy, Yves Durand, Philippe Gitton, Bruno Gilli, Andreas Glindemann, Serge Guniat, Stéphane Guisard, Nicolas Haddad, Gerhard Hudepohl, Christian Hummel, Nathaniel Jesuran, Andreas Kaufer, Bertrand Koehler, Jean-Baptiste Le Bouquin, Samuel Lévêque, Christopher Lidman, Pedro Mardones, Serge Ménardi, Sébastien Morel, Isabelle Percheron, Monika Petr-Gotzens, Than Phan Duc, Florence Puech, Andres Ramirez, Fredrik Rantakyrö, Andrea Richichi, Thomas Rivinius, Johannes Sahlmann, Stefan Sandrock, Markus Schöller, Nicolas Schuhler, Fabio Somboli, Stanislav Stefl, Mario Tapia, Gerard Van Belle, Anders Wallander, Stefan Wehner, Markus Wittkowski, "The Very Large Telescope Interferometer: an update", Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70130C (28 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788209; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.788209
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