This working group was active during OPTICON/FP7 (2009-2012, contract nº 226604).
This working group is aimed at developing a long term science vision for optical interferometry in the ELT and ALMA deployment era. Firstly, the bounding characteristics of the second generation array will be defined, then given the more complex nature of this group when compared to those above we plan to run two meetings the first one to decide the top level science cases and the second one presenting detailed science cases.
The working group is managed by Andreas Quirrenbach (chair), Guy Perrin (co-chair) and Jean Surdej (deputy).
During OPTICON/FP6 two workshops took place in Liège relevant for this working group:
In JENAM 2010, 8th to 9th September, a public meeting of the working groups was organized. Further information is available. Deadline for submitting abstracts was the 30th June.
1. Wed. 8th September 2010, 09:00 - 10:30: Optical Interferometry - Status and Perspectives for the Next Decade
09:00 - 09:30 Perspectives of Interferometry from the Ground (Glindemann/Quirrenbach)
09:30 - 10:00 Perspectives of Space Interferometry (Lawson)
10:00 - 10:15 What kinds of interferometric science will be feasible from the ground? (Buscher)
10:15 - 10:30 The case of imaging at the VLTI and the need to combine up to 6 to 8 telescopes (Malbet / Garcia)
2. Wed. 8th September 2010, 11:00 - 12:30: Planetary Systems
11:00 - 11:30 Interferometric Detection of Planets (Coude du Foresto)
11:30 - 12:00 Planet Formation with Interferometry (Wolf)
12:00 - 12:15 Imaging protoplanetary disks around young stars: the first image of the inner disk obtained with VLTI/AMBER on MWC275 (Malbet)
12:15 - 12:30 Sub-milliarcsecond imaging of stellar sources at the CHARA array (Pedretti)
3. Thu. 9th September 2010, 09:00 - 10:30: Stars and Circumstellar Matter
09:00 - 09:30 Fundamental Parameters of Stars (ten Brummelaar)
09:30 - 10:00 Circumstellar Matter (Chesneau)
10:00 - 10:15 Interferometric observations and modeling of Massive Young Stellar Objects (Oudmaijer)
10:15 - 10:30 High-resolution 1-D imaging of the atmosphere of the red Supergiant Betelgeuse in the 2.3 micron CO lines with VLTI/AMBER (Ohnaka)
4. Thu. 9th September 2010, 14:30 - 16:00: The Galactic Center and Extragalactic Astronomy
14:30 - 15:00 The Center of our Galaxy (Gillessen)
15:00 - 15:30 Extragalactic Astronomy (Jaffe)
15:30 - 15:45 Resolving the nuclear dust structure in nearby AGNs (Burtscher)
15:45 - 16:00 Stellar physics at very high angular and spectral resolution: from VEGA/CHARA to future large optical arrays (Mourard/Chesneau)
5. Thu. 9th September 2010, 16:30 - 18:00: Future Directions and Recommendations
16:30 - 18:00 Round table discussion (Coude du Foresto, Hummel, Perrin, Surdej, Quirrenbach, ten Brummelaar)
Science with the Carlina hypertelescope, Le Coroller et al.