12 September 2012 The Very Large Telescope Interferometer v2012+
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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 two VLTI instruments, MIDI and AMBER deliver regular scientific results. In parallel to the operation, the instruments developments are pursued, and new modes are studied and commissioned to offer a wider range of scientific possibilities to the community and increase sensitivity. New configurations of the ATs have been offered and are frequently discussed with the science users of the VLTI and implemented to optimize the scientific return. The PRIMA instrument, bringing astrometry capability to the VLTI and phase referencing to the instruments is being commissioned. The visitor instrument PIONIER is now fully operational and bringing imaging capability to the VLTI. The current status of the VLTI is described with successes and scientific results, and prospects on future evolution are presented.
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Pierre Haguenauer, Pierre Haguenauer, Roberto Abuter, Roberto Abuter, Luigi Andolfato, Luigi Andolfato, Jaime Alonso, Jaime Alonso, Guillaume Blanchard, Guillaume Blanchard, Jean-Philippe Berger, Jean-Philippe Berger, Pierre Bourget, Pierre Bourget, Stephane Brillant, Stephane Brillant, Frédéric Derie, Frédéric Derie, Françoise Delplancke, Françoise Delplancke, Nicola Di Lieto, Nicola Di Lieto, Christophe Dupuy, Christophe Dupuy, Bruno Gilli, Bruno Gilli, Philippe Gitton, Philippe Gitton, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Stéphane Guisard, Stéphane Guisard, Serge Guniat, Serge Guniat, Gerhard Hudepohl, Gerhard Hudepohl, Andreas Kaufer, Andreas Kaufer, Samuel Lévêque, Samuel Lévêque, Serge Ménardi, Serge Ménardi, Antoine Mérand, Antoine Mérand, Sebastien Morel, Sebastien Morel, Isabelle Percheron, Isabelle Percheron, Than Phan Duc, Than Phan Duc, Sebastien Poupar, Sebastien Poupar, Andres Ramirez, Andres Ramirez, Claudio Reineiro, Claudio Reineiro, Sridharan Rengaswamy, Sridharan Rengaswamy, Thomas Rivinius, Thomas Rivinius, Markus Schöller, Markus Schöller, Christian Schmid, Christian Schmid, Alex Segovia, Alex Segovia, Nicolas Schuhler, Nicolas Schuhler, Guillermo Valdes, Guillermo Valdes, Willem Jan de Wit, Willem Jan de Wit, Markus Wittkowski, Markus Wittkowski, } "The Very Large Telescope Interferometer v2012+", Proc. SPIE 8445, Optical and Infrared Interferometry III, 84450D (12 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925323; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925323


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