21 July 2010 Performances and first science results with the VEGA/CHARA visible instrument
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This paper presents the current status of the VEGA (Visible spEctroGraph and polArimeter) instrument installed at the coherent focus of the CHARA Array, Mount Wilson CA. Installed in september 2007, the first science programs have started during summer 2008 and first science results are now published. Dedicated to high angular (0.3mas) and high spectral (R=30000) astrophysical studies, VEGA main objectives are the study of circumstellar environments of hot active stars or interactive binary systems and a large palette of new programs dedicated to fundamental stellar parameters. We will present successively the main characteristics of the instrument and its current performances in the CHARA environment, a short summary of two science programs and finally we will develop some studies showing the potential and difficulties of the 3 telescopes mode of VEGA/CHARA.
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D. Mourard, D. Mourard, M. Tallon, M. Tallon, Ph. Bério, Ph. Bério, D. Bonneau, D. Bonneau, O. Chesneau, O. Chesneau, J. M. Clausse, J. M. Clausse, O. Delaa, O. Delaa, N. Nardetto, N. Nardetto, K. Perraut, K. Perraut, A. Spang, A. Spang, Ph. Stee, Ph. Stee, I. Tallon-Bosc, I. Tallon-Bosc, H. McAlister, H. McAlister, T. ten Brummelaar, T. ten Brummelaar, J. Sturmann, J. Sturmann, L. Sturmann, L. Sturmann, N. Turner, N. Turner, C. Farrington, C. Farrington, P. J. Goldfinger, P. J. Goldfinger, } "Performances and first science results with the VEGA/CHARA visible instrument", Proc. SPIE 7734, Optical and Infrared Interferometry II, 77340D (21 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856100; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856100
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