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Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Observing with the ESO/GRAVITY instrument

Paulo J. V. Garcia
CENTRA and U.Porto

The ESO/GRAVITY is an adaptive optics and fringe tracker assisted K-band interferometric spectrograph. The instrument development started in the last decade and reached first fringes with the auxiliary telescopes in December 2015. The consortium is led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and includes the participation of CENTRA (Multidisciplinary Centre for Astrophysics). GRAVITY will be offered be ESO in the next observing period P98 and its science verification is planned for June 2016. Most of the talk will focus on the observational space enabled by GRAVITY and on the typical science enabled by the instrument in the first periods of observation. It will allow prospective users to evaluate the instrument applicability to their areas of research.

12 February 2016, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica
Rua das Estrelas
4150-762 Porto

Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences

Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) is a new but long anticipated research infrastructure with a national dimension. It embodies a bold but feasible vision for the development of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Portugal, taking full advantage and fully realizing the potential created by the national membership of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). IA resulted from the merging the two most prominent research units in the field in Portugal: the Centre for Astrophysics of the University of Porto (CAUP) and the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL). It currently hosts more than two-thirds of all active researchers working in Space Sciences in Portugal, and is responsible for an even greater fraction of the national productivity in international ISI journals in the area of Space Sciences. This is the scientific area with the highest relative impact factor (1.65 times above the international average) and the field with the highest average number of citations per article for Portugal.

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