Start date: 05/11/2008

 End date: 07/11/2008


  • Place: Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), Granada
  • Organizer: Antxón Alberdi Odriozola and Rainer Schödel (IAA-CSIC)
  • Description:
    The entry of Spain into ESO in summer 2007 has facilitated access to the ESO VLTI instrument significantly. This workshop is directed primarily toward potential VLTI users in the Spanish astrophysical community, but is open to astronomers from other ESO member countries as well, to help them design projects for and obtain observing time at the ESO VLTI.The program will focus on providing answers to the following questions:

    •     What are the current capabilities and limitations of VLTI?
    •     What science has been done with VLTI up to now?
    •     Which VLTI science projects are currently under way?
    •     Which objects are covered by guaranteed time programs?
    •     Which objects can be observed with which setup under given conditions?
    •     Which ones are the most recent developments (e.g., fringe tracking)?
    •     What are the experiences and advices of observers familiar with the currently available instruments MIDI and AMBER?
    •     Which software tools exist for simulation and data reduction?
    •     Is there need for additional software?
    •     How can ESO be supported in the implication and development of VLTI?
    •     Which ones are the most urgent technical problems?
    •     What are the advantages and limitations of VLTI using the auxiliary telescopes (ATs) vs. the 8m VLTs?
    •     Can AT-VLTI be improved by equipping the ATs with adaptive optics?
    •     Capabilities and limitations of the 2nd generation instruments?
    •     What is the schedule for future VLTI development?

    Invited speakers, who are experts in the different aspects of the VLTI, will cover the fundamental aspects related to these questions.

    The scientific organizing committee of this workshop is composed of Antxón Alberdi and Rainer Schödel (IAA-CSIC, Spain), Jörg-Uwe Pott (Keck Interferometer, Hawaii, USA), and Andreas Eckart and Christian Straubmeier (University of Cologne, Germany).

    The maximum number of participants is 50 people. There is no conference fee.

    The participants have to organize their stay on their own. An archive with a list of hotels in Granada can be found at the bottom of this page.

    Instructions on how to get to the IAA in Granada can be found on the web page of the IAA (see more information).

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