Contacts. Prof. Andreas Quirrenbach Network coordinator ZAH Landessternwarte Koenigsthul D-69117 Heidelberg Germany Telephone: 49-6221-541792 E-mail: A.Quirrenbach @lsw.uni-heidelberg.de. OPTICAL INTERFEROMETRY.
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Prof. Andreas Quirrenbach
European Interferometry Initiative (EII)
Scientists active in the field of optical interferometry in Europe have created a vehicle called the European Interferometry Initiative (EII) to bring optical interferometry into mainstream astronomy. One of its activities is the Optical Interferometry forum as a network activity within the OPTICON project.
Interferometry – the combination of multiple telescopes in a single coherent array – is a powerful technique that allows astronomers to obtain unprecedented angular resolution and to measure motions of celestial bodies with extreme precision. The objectives of our networking activities are:
(1) to exploit the scientific opportunities of the new facilities;
(2) to integrate interferometry with more traditional astronomical techniques and make interferometry accessible to non-specialists;
(3) to develop a long-term scientific perspective for optical / infrared interferometry well into the next decade. The network will ensure that Europe will play a leading role in the development of optical interferometry, both on the ground and in space, in the foreseeable future. The following activities will be undertaken:
Exchange visitors program
Funding will be made available for visits of researchers to other institutes within the European Community to perform collaborative work on one of the active topics of the European Interferometry Initiative.
Working groups exist on:
(1) Visibility modeling from radiative transfer codes;
(2) Interferometric tests of stellar model atmospheres.
The working groups will each meet at least five times during the project, and compile a final report.
Next-generation interferometric facility
A series of workshop are organized that deal with different aspects of a vision on the next generation interferometric facility (post VLTI/DARIN era). Ranging from science case to technology roadmap.
Joint research activities
OPTICON also supports an R & D programme for interferometry. Contact
Dr. Alain Chelli
OPTICON - The Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy
OPTICON is funded by the European Commission under Contract RII3-CT-2004-001566