The VLT Interferometer: a unique instrument for high-resolution astronomy

Andreas Glindemann, Roberto Abuter, Franco Carbognani, Francoise Delplancke, Frederic Derie, Alberto Gennai, Philippe B. Gitton, Pierre Kervella, Bertrand Koehler, Samuel A. Leveque, Serge Menardi, Alain Michel (+9 others)
2000 Interferometry in Optical Astronomy  
The Very Large Telescope (VLT) Observatory on Cerro Paranal (2635 m) in Northern Chile is approaching completion in this year when the fourth of the 8-m Unit Telescopes will see first light. At the same time, the preparation for first fringes of the VLT Interferometer (VLTI) is advancing rapidly with the goal of having the first fringes with two siderostats within this year. In this article we describe the status of the VLTI and its subsystems, we discuss the planning for first fringes with the
more » ... st fringes with the different telescopes and instruments. Eventually, we present an outlook for the future of interferometry with Very Large Telescopes.
doi:10.1117/12.390163 fatcat:onubuowtffgghmyq5so4p27cc4