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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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