Summary and Objectives
The objective of the Interferometry Forum is to bring optical interferometry to main stream astronomy and enable the Candidate Countries of central Europe to participate fully in technical and scientific developments in optical interferometry.
Interferometry – the combination of multiple telescopes in a single coherent array – is a powerful technique that allows astronomers to obtain unprecedented angular resolution and to measure motions of celestial bodies with extreme precision. The specific objectives of this activity are: (1) to exploit the scientific opportunities of the new facilities; (2) to integrate interferometry with more traditional astronomical techniques and make interferometry accessible to non-specialists; (3) to develop a long-term scientific perspective for optical / infrared interferometry well into the next decade.
The following activities will be undertaken:
The participants will take action to ensure that Europe will play a leading role in the development of optical interferometry over the next decade and to enable European astronomers to fully exploit the scientific potential of existing and planned large facilities. The near-term scientific productivity of interferometers is limited mainly by:
The participants will address areas (1) and (2) through the coordinated development of advanced analysis software, and targeted initiatives to further the design of next-generation focal-plane instrumentation and fringe tracking devices.
During the 2002-2006 period (FP6) the following working groups were funded by OPTICON/FP6 (RII3-Ct-2004-001566).
Joint Research Activities
Joint activities were developed with the OPTICON/FP6 project.