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AMBER on the VLTI: data processing and calibration issues
Thursday 10 May 2007, by Florentin Millour

AMBER on the VLTI: data processing and calibration issues

Millour, Florentin; Petrov, Romain; Malbet, Fabien; Tatulli, Eric; Duvert, Gilles; Zins, Gérard; Altariba, Evelyne; Vannier, Martin; Hernandez, Oscar; Li Causi, Gianluca

To be published in the Proceedings of the "2007 ESO Instrument Calibration Workshop", held in Garching, Germany, January 23-26, 2007

Is available as the astro-ph preprint 0705.1636

Abstract: We present here the current performances of the AMBER / VLTI instrument for standard use and compare these with the offered modes of the instrument. We show that the instrument is able to reach its specified precision only for medium and high spectral resolution modes, differential observables and bright objects. For absolute observables, the current achievable accuracy is strongly limited by the vibrations of the Unit Telescopes, and also by the observing procedure which does not take into account the night-long transfer function monitoring. For low-resolution mode, the current limitation is more in the data reduction side, since several effects negligible at medium spectral resolution are not taken into account in the current pipeline. Finally, for faint objects (SNR around 1 per spectral channel), electromagnetic interferences in the VLTI interferometric laboratory with the detector electronics prevents currently to get unbiased measurements. Ideas are under study to correct in the data processing side this effect, but a hardware fix should be investigated seriously since it limits seriously the effective limiting magnitude of the instrument.

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