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5 July 2000 Science opportunities with AMBER, the near-IR VLTI instrument
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AMBER is the near-IR instrument for the VLTI, which will offer the possibility of combining two or three beams from either the 8 meter VLT main telescopes or the 1.8 meter auxiliary telescopes. With spectral dispersion up to 10,000 high visibility accuracy and the ability to obtain closure phases, AMBER will offer the means to perform high quality interferometric measurements in the 1 - 2.5 micron range initially, with later extensions to other portions of the spectrum. These design characteristics, coupled to the VLT interferometer potential, open up the access to investigation of several classes of objects, from stellar to extragalactic astronomy. We will review the projected performance in terms of sensitivity and angular resolution, and illustrate the potential applications in some key research areas. In particular, we will present the work of the AMBER Science Group, which is evaluating simulated data of source models and interferometric outputs for the purpose of defining the criteria for observations.
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Andrea Richichi, Thomas Bloecker, Renaud Foy, Didier Fraix-Burnet, Bruno Lopez, Fabien Malbet, Philippe Stee, Oskar von der Luehe, and Gerd Weigelt "Science opportunities with AMBER, the near-IR VLTI instrument", Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000);

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