Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 399, 399-409 (2009/October-2)
A list of bright interferometric calibrators measured at the european southern observatory very large telescope interferometer.
RICHICHI A., PERCHERON I. and DAVIS J.
Abstract (from CDS):
In a previous publication, we described a program of observations of candidate calibrator stars at the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI), and presented the main results from a statistical point of view. In the present paper, we concentrate on establishing a new homogeneous group of bright interferometric calibrators, based entirely on publicly available K-band VLTI observations carried out with the VINCI instrument up to 2004 July. For this, we have defined a number of selection criteria for the quality and volume of the observations, and we have accordingly selected a list of 17 primary and 47 secondary calibrators. We have developed an approach to a robust global fit for the angular diameters using the whole volume of quality-controlled data, largely independent of a priori assumptions. Our results have been compared with direct measurements, and indirect estimates based on spectrophotometric methods, and general agreement is found within the combined uncertainties. The stars in our list cover the range K = -2.9 to +3.0mag in brightness, and 1.3-20.5 mas in uniform-disc diameter. The relative accuracy of the angular diameter values is on average 0.4 and 2 per cent for the primary and secondary calibrators, respectively. Our calibrators are well suited for interferometric observations in the near-infrared on baselines between ~20 and 200m, and their accuracy is superior, at least for the primary calibrators, to other similar catalogues. Therefore, the present list of calibrators has the potential to lead to significantly improved interferometric scientific results.
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 RAS
techniques: high angular resolution - techniques: interferometric - catalogues - stars: fundamental parameters
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