The Messenger Telescopes and Instrumentation

Infrastructure Upgrade of UT1, UT2 and UT3 for the Implementation of Laser Guide Stars for the GRAVITY+ Project

  • Abad, Jose Antonio [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Aguilera, Bernardo [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Alarcon, Patricio [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Alvarez, Ivan [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Alvial, Luis [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Atton, Eduardo [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Beltran, Alexis [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Barraza, Israel [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Barriga, Pablo [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Bedigan, Helen [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Benimelli, Christopher [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Booth, Michael Tucker [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Briones, Oscar [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Candia, Rodrigo [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Caniguante, Luis [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Capocci, Robin [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Cardenas, Cesar [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Cardenas, Danissa [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Chala, Abdon [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Contreras, Reinaldo [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Conzelmann, Ralf [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Delboulbé, Alain [Grenoble Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics (IPAG), France]
  • Delplancke, Francoise [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Diaz, Juan [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Doberti, Alejandro [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Engelhardt, Max [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Fernandez, Jorge [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Fuenteseca, Eloy [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Garcia, Fernando [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Garrido, Christian [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Garrido, Paul [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Gonté, Frédéric [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Guidolin, Ivan [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Gutierrez, Pablo [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Guzman, Ronald [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Hackenberg, Wolfgang [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Juica, Yerko [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Kirkmann, Demostenes [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Kirchbauer, Jean-Paul [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Krempl, Peter [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Lorenzo, Juan [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Mella, Alfredo [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Meza, Yorvis [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Miranda, Felipe [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Nunes, Sebastian [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Nurzia, Vittorio [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Oberti, Sylvain [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Olivares, Francisco [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Opazo, Mario [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Riquelme, Miguel [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Salgado, Fernando [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Scherbarth, Malte [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Rochat, Sylvain [Grenoble Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics (IPAG), France]
  • Rojas, Edson [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Schuhler, Nicolas [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Tamblay, Izzy [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Tamblay, Richard [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Unmanzor, Esteban [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Vega, Herman [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Villanueva, Francisco [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Whilem, Ricardo [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Woillez, Julien [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Zúñiga, Luis [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • Zúñiga, Juan [LINKES, Santiago, Chile]
  • On behalf of the GRAVITY+ Collaboration

Telescopes and Instrumentation

The GRAVITY+ project encompasses the upgrade of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer infrastructure and of the GRAVITY instrument to improve sky coverage, high-contrast capabilities, and faint science. The sky coverage is obtained by the use of one laser guide star on each Unit Telescope, but it first required an upgrade of the infrastructure of the telescopes, carried out over the last 18 months.

Created: 2024-03-01/2024-03-31
5 pages

Cite this article:

Abad, J., Aguilera, B., Alarcon, P., Alvarez, I., Alvial, L., Atton, E., Beltran, A., Barraza, I., Barriga, P., Bedigan, H., Benimelli, C., Booth, M., Briones, O., Candia, R., Caniguante, L., Capocci, R., Cardenas, C., Cardenas, D., Chala, A., Contreras, R., Conzelmann, R., Delboulbé, A., Delplancke, F., Diaz, J., Doberti, A., Engelhardt, M., Fernandez, J., Fuenteseca, E., Garcia, F., Garrido, C., Garrido, P., Gonté, F., Guidolin, I., Gutierrez, P., Guzman, R., Hackenberg, W., Juica, Y., Kirkmann, D., Kirchbauer, J., Krempl, P., Lorenzo, J., Mella, A., Meza, Y., Miranda, F., Nunes, S., Nurzia, V., Oberti, S., Olivares, F., Opazo, M., Riquelme, M., Salgado, F., Scherbarth, M., Rochat, S., Rojas, E., Schuhler, N., Tamblay, I., Tamblay, R., Unmanzor, E., Vega, H., Villanueva, F., Whilem, R., Woillez, J., Zúñiga, L., Zúñiga, J., On behalf of the GRAVITY+ Collaboration; Infrastructure Upgrade of UT1, UT2 and UT3 for the Implementation of Laser Guide Stars for the GRAVITY+ Project. The Messenger 192 (March 2024): 31–35.