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Paper: The VLTI Present and Future Prospects
Volume: 378, Why Galaxies Care About AGB Stars: Their Importance as Actors and Probes
Page: 193
Authors: Richichi, A.
Abstract: The ESO VLTI is arguably the most powerful interferometric facility available at present in the world. In addition to a wide choice of baselines and the light collecting power of its 8.2-m and 1.8-m telescopes, the VLTI also offers a smooth and user-friendly operation which makes interferometry accessible to any astronomer. Late-type and AGB stars constitute one of the preferred targets of VLTI observations, and I will briefly illustrate the present possibilities by means of a few recent results. Behind the routine scientific operations, however, the VLTI is also in constant evolution. I will present some of the technological and instrumental improvements which are planned for the near and mid-term future, and discuss their implications for AGB research in particular.
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