Interferometry has reached a new era with the advent of large and multi-telescopearrays.Interferometric facilities are becoming more and more open to non-specialist astronomers,and the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) is a good example of a fully openinterferometric facility.
We are organizing a summer school to train astrophysicists to use the VTLI andother facilities with the current generation of instruments. The aim of the school is to offer Ph.D. students, post-doctoral and permanentresearchers an introduction to the technique of long-baseline optical/infraredinterferometry and data reduction in astrophysics,namely, stellar physics including the hot topics of stellar activity, evolution, hydrodynamics,planet-hosting stars, determination of fundamental parameters,circumstellar envelopes, young stellar objects, as well as the role of binaries.
The school will be held in the heart of the Alpine mountains in Barcelonnette,Côte d'Azur, France, from 9th-21st September 2013. Barcelonnette is a typicalalpine town, located in the heart of the Mercantour French National Park, withmany possibilities of activities like hiking or wildlife discovery.The school is also located a stone's throw from the Hypertelescope prototype, a novel type of stellar interferometer currently under construction, anda visit is foreseen during the school.
February 1st, 2013 : First announcement and web site
Public Conference: Wenesday 11th september evening: "Qu'est que c'est l'interferometrie?" by P. Lena
Public Conference: Wenesday 18th september evening: "L'hypertelescope dans l'Ubaye" by A. Labeyrie
Outdoor activities for Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th: hiking, rafting, sightseeing, wildlife watching in collaboration with the Séolane Center, Tourism office and Parc du Mercantour. Check here
Classical music concert at the Séolane Center. Check here
Social dinner with typical alpine food at "Le Cheval Blanc" in Barcelonnette. Check here
Visit to the Hypertelescope at the Moutiere (bus + hinking) and wildlife watching on Saturday 14th. Check here
Please note that the 2013 OHP Colloquium is being organized just after the 2013 VLTI school. Both events are close in time and in space: OHP is 150 km south-west from Barcelonnette. More information here