12 September 2012 PIONIER: a status report
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The visitor instrument PIONIER provides VLTI with improved imaging capabilities and sensitivity. The in- strument started routinely delivering scientic data in November 2010, that is less than 12 months after being approved by the ESO Science and Technical Committee. We recall the challenges that had to be tackled to design, built and commission PIONIER. We summarize the typical performances and some astrophysical results obtained so far. We conclude this paper by summarizing lessons learned.
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J.-B. Le Bouquin, J.-B. Le Bouquin, J.-P. Berger, J.-P. Berger, G. Zins, G. Zins, B. Lazareff, B. Lazareff, L. Jocou, L. Jocou, P. Kern, P. Kern, R. Millan-Gabet, R. Millan-Gabet, W. Traub, W. Traub, P. Haguenauer, P. Haguenauer, O. Absil, O. Absil, J.-C. Augereau, J.-C. Augereau, M. Benisty, M. Benisty, N. Blind, N. Blind, A. Delboulbe, A. Delboulbe, P. Feautrier, P. Feautrier, M. Germain, M. Germain, D. Gillier, D. Gillier, P. Gitton, P. Gitton, M. Kiekebusch, M. Kiekebusch, J. Knudstrup, J. Knudstrup, J.-L. Lizon, J.-L. Lizon, Y. Magnard, Y. Magnard, F. Malbet, F. Malbet, D. Maurel, D. Maurel, F. Menard, F. Menard, M. Micallef, M. Micallef, L. Michaud, L. Michaud, T. Moulin, T. Moulin, D. Popovic, D. Popovic, K. Perraut, K. Perraut, P. Rabou, P. Rabou, S. Rochat, S. Rochat, F. Roussel, F. Roussel, A. Roux, A. Roux, E. Stadler, E. Stadler, E. Tatulli, E. Tatulli, "PIONIER: a status report", Proc. SPIE 8445, Optical and Infrared Interferometry III, 84450I (12 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925671; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925671
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