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ONTHEFRINGE: Optical interferometry in trainning and in context

Objective

ONTHEFRINGE is a series of four schools designed to train young astronomers in optical interferometry. Optical interferometry is a new technology enabling observations with angular resolution an order of magnitude larger than the largest single telescopes available at visible and infrared wavelengths. Optical interferometry is the only technology allowing the systematic direct detection and characterization of Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Therefore it plays a key role in ESA s long-range plan th rough the Darwin mission, and in NASA s Origins program. On the ground Europe has achieved world leadership with the ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). Interferometry from the ground will play a central role in: a) understanding the lifecycles of stars in the Milky Way, b) the discovery and characterization of planets orbiting stars in the solar neighborhood, and c) the understanding of the energy conversion mechanisms in Active Galactic Nuclei. The goal of the schools is to train a new generat ion of astronomers in the use of the VLTI, building critical mass in this emergent field, applying it to astrophysical areas of European leadership, optimizing the scientific use of the VLTI investment, overcoming fragmentation and uneven distribution of k nowledge in optical interferometry in the European research area, therefore increasing European competitiveness in the scientific ground and space program enabled by optical interferometry. The schools consist in: a) two data reduction schools were young a stronomers will learn the essentials to become proficient users of the VLTI; b) two thematic schools where optical interferometry is presented in context with other very high angular resolution techniques in key astrophysical areas of European leadership ( AGNs and Circumstellar disks and planets). The program is supported by 15 EU member states, including new member states, and thus integrates the entire European optical interferometry community.

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Coordinator

CENTRO DE INVESTIGAÇÃO EM ASTRONOMIA E ASTROFISICA DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Address

Rua Das Estrelas S/N
Porto

Portugal

Participants (4)

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EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY

Germany

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS - LESIA

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 29954

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

CENTRO DE INVESTIGAÇÃO EM ASTRONOMIA E ASTROFISICA DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal