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Astrometry and Imaging with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer


2 - 13 June, 2008, Keszthely (lake Balaton), Hungary


School theme

This school is aimed at giving to the students a good technical background on interferometry and especially how to do imaging and narrow-angle astrometry with it. Science that can be done with such techniques will be highlighted.

The first part of the school will provide the basis of interferometry theory and practice, including the very important notions of phase and of the uv-space. The principles of data reduction for visible and infra-red interferometric imaging will be presented and compared to similar techniques developed for radio-interferometry. All these subjects will be strongly supported by practical sessions where the students will have the opportunity to experiment and try to reduce data themselves.

The second part of the school will be devoted to phase-referenced imaging techniques and to astrometry, to their scientific objectives, technical and astrophysical limitations. This includes as well several practical sessions and the preparation of a VLTI proposal.

The VLTI infrastructure and instruments as well as the other interferometric facilities in the world will be presented.

Organisers & LOC

L. Balazs (Konkoly Observatory - Hungary), F. Delplancke (ESO), R. Launhardt (MPIA Heidelberg - Germany)

L. Mosoni (MPIA Heidelberg - Germany), E. Silva (University of Porto - Portugal)


P. Abraham (Hungary), R. Bachiller (Spain), M. Colavita (USA), F. Eisenhauer (Germany), C. Haniff (UK), W. Jaffe (Netherlands), B. Lopez (France), F. Malbet (France), J. Monnier (USA), D. Queloz (Switzerland), G. van Belle (ESO), G. Weigelt (Germany), S. Wolf (Germany)


This school is intended for PhD students and young post-docs who would like to use interferometry, and the VLTI in particular, for their science (astrometry and high-angular resolution imaging in the infra-red). A good background knowldege of practical astronomy (coordinates, geometry...) and a basic knowledge of optics are essential pre-requisites.

Confirmed lecturers

H. Bartko (D), D. Busher (UK), O. Chesneau (F), M. Colavita (USA), F. Delplancke (ESO), G. Duvert (F), S. Frey (HU), P. Garcia (P), C. Haniff (UK), C. Hummel (ESO), W. Jaffe (NL), R. Launhardt (D), F. Malbet (F), F. Millour (D), M. Mutterspaugh (USA), E. Pedretti (UK), J-U. Pott (USA), S. Reffet (D), E. Thiébaut (F), G. van Belle (ESO), M. Wittkowski (ESO), J. Young (UK)


This school is funded by the European Union Marie Curie Program. We expect to fund full living and travel expenses of all PhD students and most young post-docs. The number of participants is 50. Participants will be selected ensuring a broad coverage of institutes and countries, and on motivation and domain of expertise. Non-european nationals are encouraged to apply.


Two weeks: from Monday, June 2 to Friday, June 13, 2008


Full size (A3) poster