24 July 2014 VLTI status update: a decade of operations and beyond
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We present the latest update of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope interferometer (VLTI). The operations of VLTI have greatly improved in the past years: reduction of the execution time; better offering of telescopes configurations; improvements on AMBER limiting magnitudes; study of polarization effects and control for single mode fibres; fringe tracking real time data, etc. We present some of these improvements and also quantify the operational improvements using a performance metric. We take the opportunity of the first decade of operations to reflect on the VLTI community which is analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. Finally, we present briefly the preparatory work for the arrival of the second generation instruments GRAVITY and MATISSE.
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Antoine Mérand, Antoine Mérand, Roberto Abuter, Roberto Abuter, Emmanuel Aller-Carpentier, Emmanuel Aller-Carpentier, Luigi Andolfato, Luigi Andolfato, Jaime Alonso, Jaime Alonso, Jean-Philippe Berger, Jean-Philippe Berger, Guillaume Blanchard, Guillaume Blanchard, Henri Boffin, Henri Boffin, Pierre Bourget, Pierre Bourget, Paul Bristow, Paul Bristow, Claudia Cid, Claudia Cid, Willem-Jan de Wit, Willem-Jan de Wit, Diego del Valle, Diego del Valle, Françoise Delplancke-Ströbele, Françoise Delplancke-Ströbele, Frédéric Derie, Frédéric Derie, Lorena Faundez, Lorena Faundez, Steve Ertel, Steve Ertel, Rebekka Grellmann, Rebekka Grellmann, Philippe Gitton, Philippe Gitton, Andreas Glindemann, Andreas Glindemann, Patricia Guajardo, Patricia Guajardo, Sylvain Guieu, Sylvain Guieu, Stéphane Guisard, Stéphane Guisard, Serge Guniat, Serge Guniat, Pierre Haguenauer, Pierre Haguenauer, Cristian Herrera, Cristian Herrera, Christian Hummel, Christian Hummel, Carlos La Fuente, Carlos La Fuente, Marcelo Lopez, Marcelo Lopez, Pedro Mardones, Pedro Mardones, Sébastien Morel, Sébastien Morel, André Müller, André Müller, Isabelle Percheron, Isabelle Percheron, Than Phan Duc, Than Phan Duc, Andres Pino, Andres Pino, Sébastien Poupar, Sébastien Poupar, Eszter Pozna, Eszter Pozna, Andres Ramirez, Andres Ramirez, Srihdaran Rengaswamy, Srihdaran Rengaswamy, Lionel Rivas, Lionel Rivas, Thomas Rivinius, Thomas Rivinius, Alex Segovia, Alex Segovia, Christian Schmid, Christian Schmid, Markus Schöller, Markus Schöller, Nicolas Schuhler, Nicolas Schuhler, Julien Woillez, Julien Woillez, Markus Wittkowski, Markus Wittkowski, } "VLTI status update: a decade of operations and beyond", Proc. SPIE 9146, Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV, 91460J (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057150; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2057150
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