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Astronomical Multi-BEam combineR



AMBER, the near-infrared/red focal instrument of the VLTI, operates in the bands J, H, and, K (ie 1.0 to 2.4 μm). The instrument has been designed to be used with two or three beams, thus enabling also the use of closure phase techniques. The magnitude limit of AMBER is K=7 with Low Resolution (LR-HK) on UTs, K=4 with Medium Resolution K-band (MR-K) on the UTs, and K=1.5 with High Resolution K-band (HR-K) on UTs. It should be emphasized that these values are very conservative estimates, pending further commissioning and characterisation, and that ultimately much better sensitivities are expected. The specific magnitude limits for the ATs have not yet been determined.

Publications based on data obtained with the AMBER instrument should quote the following reference paper: Petrov, R. et al. 2003, SPIE 4838, 924.

AMBER, Courtesy of AMBER Consortium
Image courtesy of the AMBER Consortium.

Built under ESO contract by: AMBER Consortium
Principal Investigator Romain Petrov (Nice, France)
Project Scientist Fabien Malbet (LAOG, Grenoble, France)
Instrument Scientist (Garching): Andrea Richichi
Instrument Scientist (Paranal): Fredrik T Rantakyrö,Stan Stefl
Instrument Software Support: Mario Kiekebusch
Instrument Hardware Support: Pedro Mardones

Contact Information

Content of these pages

The following items are available on all the AMBER pages, using the bar on the left.
  • Internal links, specific to AMBER
    • Home: returns to this page.
    • Overview: a short description of the instrument
    • Instrument: all the important parameters of the instrument.
    • Manuals: links to all the documents related to AMBER.
    • Tools: a collection of useful tools and informations for preparing and analyzing the AMBER observations.
    • News: list of changes affecting the instrument and/or its pages.
    • IOT: informations on the Instrument Operation Team
    • Visitor: Instrument specific instructions for Visiting Astronomers
    • Consortium: A list of the AMBER Consortium contributing Institutes.
    • Links: A list of useful links for specific information about AMBER from the Consortium.
  • Generic pages, outside Paranal's web
    • Service: link to the instructions for Phase II and Service Mode
    • Proposals: link to the Proposal instructions
    • ETC: link to the Exposure Time Calculators and Instrument Simulators
    • Pipeline: link to the Pipeline and Quality Control pages.
    • Archive: link to the ESO Archive.

  • Comments
    This document last updated: Thursday March 09, 2006
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