The Messenger Telescopes and Instrumentation

The Life and Times of AMBER: The VLTI’s Astronomical Multi-BEam combineR

  • de Wit, Willem-Jan [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Wittkowski, Markus [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Rantakyrö, Frederik [Gemini Observatory]
  • Schöller, Markus [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Mérand, Antoine [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Petrov, Romain G. [Université Côte d’Azur, France]
  • Weigelt, Gerd [Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany]
  • Malbet, Fabien [Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, France]
  • Massi, Fabrizio [INAF–Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy]
  • Kraus, Stefan [University of Exeter, UK]
  • Ohnaka, Keiichi [Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile]
  • Millour, Florentin [Université Côte d’Azur, France]
  • Lagarde, Stéphane [Université Côte d’Azur, France]
  • Haubois, Xavier [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Bourget, Pierre [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Percheron, Isabelle [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Berger, Jean-Philippe [Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, France]
  • Richichi, Andrea [INAF–Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy]

Telescopes and Instrumentation

The sharpest images on Paranal are produced by the beam-combining instruments of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). Currently, the VLTI is close to completing a transitional period, moving away from the first generation of instruments (AMBER, MIDI) and offering new instruments and subsystems to the community. In this article, we report on the life and achievements of the recently decommissioned, near-infrared beam combiner instrument AMBER, the most prolific optical interferometric instrument to date.

Created: 2018-12-01/2018-12-31
6 pages

Cite this article:

W. de Wit, M. Wittkowski, F. Rantakyrö, M. Schöller, A. Mérand, R. Petrov, G. Weigelt, F. Malbet, F. Massi, S. Kraus, K. Ohnaka, F. Millour, S. Lagarde, X. Haubois, P. Bourget, I. Percheron, J. Berger, A. Richichi; The Life and Times of AMBER: The VLTI’s Astronomical Multi-BEam combineR. The Messenger 174 (December 2018): 8–13.