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See detailQuantitative NIR Spectroscopy of Massive Stars
Sana, H.; Stap, F. A.; de Koter, A. et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

Interest for near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy of massive stars has been dramatically increasing over the last decade. Because it allows one to observe objects inaccessible at optical wavelengths due to ... [more ▼]

Interest for near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy of massive stars has been dramatically increasing over the last decade. Because it allows one to observe objects inaccessible at optical wavelengths due to absorption, the infrared domain offers a privileged window to study highly extinguished objects. Yet, a detailed calibration of the massive star properties at NIR wavelength is still missing. Following the lines of the work of Repolust et al. (2005), we have acquired high resolution spectroscopy of several nearby massive stars using VLT/CRIRES, focusing on spectral lines of interest in the J, H, K, and L bands. In this work, we present the earliest results of our quantitative spectroscopic analysis of the main sequence stars in our sample. Using the unique combination of a genetic algorithm approach with the state-of-the-art non-LTE atmosphere model FASTWIND, we compare the stellar and wind properties as derived from the optical and the NIR regime. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-dispersion infrared spectroscopic observations of comet 8P/Tuttle with VLT/CRIRES
Kobayashi, H.; Bockelée-Morvan, D.; Kawakita, H. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 509

We report on the composition of the Halley-family comet (HFC) 8P/Tuttle investigated with high-dispersion near-infrared spectroscopic observations. The observations were carried out at the ESO VLT (Very ... [more ▼]

We report on the composition of the Halley-family comet (HFC) 8P/Tuttle investigated with high-dispersion near-infrared spectroscopic observations. The observations were carried out at the ESO VLT (Very Large Telescope) with the CRIRES instrument as part of a multi-wavelength observation campaign of 8P/Tuttle performed in late January and early February 2008. Radar observations suggested that 8P/Tuttle is a contact binary, and it was proposed that these components might be heterogeneous in chemistry. We determined mixing ratios of organic volatiles with respect to H[SUB]2[/SUB]O and found that mixing ratios were consistent with previous near infrared spectroscopic observations obtained in late December 2007 and in late January 2008. It has been suggested that because 8P/Tuttle is a contact binary, it might be chemically heterogeneous. However, we find no evidence for chemical heterogeneity within the nucleus of 8P/Tuttle. We also compared the mixing ratios of organic molecules in 8P/Tuttle with those of both other HFCs and long period comets (LPCs) and found that HCN, C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB], and C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB] are depleted whereas CH[SUB]4[/SUB] and CH[SUB]3[/SUB]OH have normal abundances. This may indicate that 8P/Tuttle was formed in a different region of the early solar nebula than other HFCs and LPCs. We estimated the conversion efficiency from C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB] to C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB] by hydrogen addition reactions on cold grains by employing the C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB]/(C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB]+C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB]) ratio. The C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB]/(C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB]+C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB]) ratio in 8P/Tuttle is consistent with the ratios found in other HFCs and LPCs within the error bars. We also discuss the source of C[SUB]2[/SUB] and CN based on our observations and conclude that the abundances of C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB] and C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB] are insufficient to explain the C[SUB]2[/SUB] abundances in comet 8P/Tuttle and that the abundance of HCN is insufficient to explain the CN abundances in the comet, so at least one additional parent is needed for each species, as pointed out in previous study. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Paranal, Chile (ESO Prog. 080.C-0615 and 280.C-5053).We regret to note the death of Dr. J. -M. Zucconi in 2009 May. [less ▲]

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See detailA Multi-Wavelength Simultaneous Study of the Composition of the Halley Family Comet 8P/Tuttle
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Bockelée-Morvan, Dominique; Dello Russo, N. et al

in Earth, Moon, and Planets (2009), 105

We report on simultaneous optical and infrared observations of the Halley Family comet 8P/Tuttle performed with the ESO Very Large Telescope. Such multi-wavelength and coordinated observations are a good ... [more ▼]

We report on simultaneous optical and infrared observations of the Halley Family comet 8P/Tuttle performed with the ESO Very Large Telescope. Such multi-wavelength and coordinated observations are a good example of what can be done to support space missions. From high resolution optical spectroscopy of the CN (0,0) 388 nm and NH[SUB]2[/SUB] (0,9,0) 610 nm bands using UVES at UT2 we determined [SUP]12[/SUP]C/[SUP]13[/SUP]C = 90 ± 10 and [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N = 150 ± 20 in CN and we derived a nuclear spin temperature of NH[SUB]3[/SUB] of 29 ± 1 K. These values are similar to those found in Oort-Cloud and Jupiter Family comets. From low resolution long slit spectroscopy with FORS1 at UT2 we determined the CN, C[SUB]3[/SUB] and C[SUB]2[/SUB] production rates and the parent and daughter scale lengths up to 5.2 10[SUP]5[/SUP] km tailward. From high resolution IR spectroscopy with CRIRES at UT1 we measured simultaneously the production rates and mixing ratios of H[SUB]2[/SUB]O, HCN, C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB], CH[SUB]4[/SUB], C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB], and CH[SUB]3[/SUB]OH. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-dispersion Spectroscopic Observations Of 8P/Tuttle With VLT/CRIRES
Kobayashi, Hitomi; Bockelee-Morvan, D.; Dello Russo, N. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2008, September 01), 40

We present near-infrared observations of organic molecules in comet 8P/Tuttle. Comet 8P/Tuttle is a Halley-type comet and its last perihelion was in early January 2008. Our observations were carried out ... [more ▼]

We present near-infrared observations of organic molecules in comet 8P/Tuttle. Comet 8P/Tuttle is a Halley-type comet and its last perihelion was in early January 2008. Our observations were carried out on January 28 and February 4 using CRIRES (CRyogenic high-resolution InfraRed Echelle Spectrograph) at the Very Large Telescope (VLT). We used a 0.2" slit which provided a spectral resolving power of 80,000. We detected H[SUB]2[/SUB]O, OH, HCN, C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB] on Jan 28, and H[SUB]2[/SUB]O, OH, CH[SUB]4[/SUB], C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB], and CH[SUB]3[/SUB]OH on Feb 4. We find that 8P/Tuttle is depleted in HCN, C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB] and C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB] relative to H[SUB]2[/SUB]O compared with most other Oort cloud comets studied to date. Perhaps these depletions suggest that 8P/Tuttle formed in a different region from most Oort cloud comets, but it is also possible that the depletions are caused by repeated passages through the inner solar system. [less ▲]

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See detailGRB 080315: optical observations.
de Ugarte Postigo, A.; Chantry, Virginie ULg; Castro-Tirado, A. J. et al

E-print/Working paper (2008)

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See detailModelling the Fringing of the FORS2 CCD
Walsh, J. R.; Kuntschner, H.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Kaufer, A. (Ed.) The 2007 ESO Instrument Calibration Workshop (2008)

Thinned CCD detectors display fringing which arises from the interference of multiply reflected light in the layers of the CCD. If the layer construction - the thicknesses and refractive indexes of the ... [more ▼]

Thinned CCD detectors display fringing which arises from the interference of multiply reflected light in the layers of the CCD. If the layer construction - the thicknesses and refractive indexes of the layers - is known, then the observed fringing can be accurately modelled and used to correct imaging and spectroscopic data for its effects. In practice the specifications on the actual deposited layer thicknesses may not be known to sufficient accuracy to predict the fringe behaviour. Thus calibration data, in the form of monochromatic flat fields, is required and can be modelled using the technique outlined by Malamuth et al. 2003, which has been applied to ACS CCDs. [less ▲]

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See detailA Multi-Wavelength Simultaneous Study of the Composition of the Halley-Family Comet 8P/Tuttle at the VLT
Bockelée-Morvan, Dominique; Dello Russo, N.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in LPI contribution 1405 (2008)

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See detailMulti-wavelength study of the gravitational lens system RXS J113155.4-123155. I. Multi-epoch optical and near infrared imaging
Sluse, Dominique; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Altieri, B. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2006), 449

Aims.RXS J113155.4-123155 (z=0.66) is a quadruply imaged lensed quasar with a resolved Einstein Ring. The goal of this paper is to provide a full characterization of this system, and more particularly ... [more ▼]

Aims.RXS J113155.4-123155 (z=0.66) is a quadruply imaged lensed quasar with a resolved Einstein Ring. The goal of this paper is to provide a full characterization of this system, and more particularly accurate astrometry and photometry. These observational constraints constitute a mandatory ingredient for the precise determination of the lens mass profile, the derivation of the Hubble constant H[SUB]0[/SUB] from time delay measurements and investigations on the presence of massive substructures in the lensing galaxy.Methods.Visible and near-infrared imaging observations of RXS J113155.4-123155 were carried out at various epochs using several ground based telescopes and the HST. The frames have been deconvolved using the MCS algorithm. A Singular Isothermal Ellipsoid (SIE) + external shear has been used to model the lensing galaxy potential. Results. MCS deconvolution enables us to separate the flux of the QSO (point-like images) from that of its host galaxy and to accurately track the flux variations of the point-like images in various filters. The deconvolved frames unveil several multiply imaged structures in the Einstein ring and an unidentified object in the vicinity of the lensing galaxy. We discuss the lightcurves and the chromatic flux ratio variations and deduce that both intrinsic variability and microlensing took place during a span longer than one year. We demonstrate that microlensing may easily account for the so called anomalous flux ratios presented in the discovery paper. However, the observed flux ratios are still poorly reproduced when modeling the lens potential with a SIE+shear. We argue that this disagreement can hardly be explained by milli-lensing caused by substructures in the lensing galaxy. A solution proposed in Paper II consists in a more complex lens model including an octupole term to the lens gravitational potential. [less ▲]

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See detailQuasars with Gaia: Identification and Astrophysical Parameters
Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Smette, A.; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Turon, C.; O'Flaherty, K. S.; Perryman, M. A. C. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Gaia Symposium "The Three-Dimensional Universe with Gaia" (ESA SP-576) (2005, January 01)

Gaia will provide astrometric and photometric observations for about 500 000 quasars distributed over the whole sky. The latter would constitute an isotropic grid of fixed sources perfectly suited to ... [more ▼]

Gaia will provide astrometric and photometric observations for about 500 000 quasars distributed over the whole sky. The latter would constitute an isotropic grid of fixed sources perfectly suited to determine the referential frame. However, they must first be properly identified among stars, whose population is about 2000 times larger. Using broad and medium band photometry, we first compare the efficiency of two analysis methods (Ï 2 fitting and Artificial Neural Networks, ANNs) to produce the QSO catalogue with the lowest amount of contamination by stars. We then investigate whether the Gaia photometry could also provide precise values of the QSO astrophysical parameters (APs, like the redshift, the continuum slope, the emission line strength and possibly the extinction). To reach that purpose, we also compare the performances of the Spectral Principal Component Analysis (SPCA) with those of the Ï 2 fitting and ANN analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailHST STIS observations of four QSO pairs
Aracil, B.; Petitjean, P.; Smette, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 391(1), 1-12

We present HST STIS observations of four quasar pairs with redshifts 0.84<z(em)<1.56 and angular separation 2-3 arcmin corresponding to ∼1-1.5 h(50)(-1) Mpc transverse proper distance at zsimilar to0.9 ... [more ▼]

We present HST STIS observations of four quasar pairs with redshifts 0.84<z(em)<1.56 and angular separation 2-3 arcmin corresponding to ∼1-1.5 h(50)(-1) Mpc transverse proper distance at zsimilar to0.9. We study the distribution of velocity differences between nearest neighbor HI Lyman-alpha absorption lines detected in the spectra of adjacent QSOs in order to search for the possible correlation caused by the extent or the clustering properties of the structures traced by the absorption lines over such a scale. The significance of the correlation signal is determined by comparison with Monte-Carlo simulations of spectra with randomly distributed absorption lines. We find an excess of lines with a velocity separation smaller than DeltaV=500 km s(-1) significant at the 99.97% level. This clearly shows that the Lyman-alpha forest is correlated on scales larger than 1 h(50)(-1) Mpc at zsimilar to1. However, out of the 20 detected coincidences within this velocity bin, 12 have V>200 km s(-1). This probably reflects the fact that the scale probed by our observations is not related to the real size of individual absorbers but rather to large scale correlation. Statistics are too small to conclude about any difference between pairs separated by either 2 or 3 arcmin. A damped Lyman-alpha system is detected at z(abs)=1.2412 toward LBQS 0019-0145A with log N(HI)similar to20.5. From the absence of ZnII absorption, we derive a metallicity relative to solar [Zn/H]< -1.75. [less ▲]

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See detailExtension of Lyman-alpha Complexes from HST Observations of Four Pairs of Quasars
Aracil, B.; Petitjean, P.; Smette, A. et al

in Combes, F.; Barret, D. (Eds.) SF2A-2002: Semaine de l'Astrophysique Francaise (2002, June 01)

We present HST observations of four pairs of quasars with 2,3 arcmin angular separation and redshift z 0.9. We apply the Nearest-Neighbor method to the sample of observed Lyman-alpha lines with rest ... [more ▼]

We present HST observations of four pairs of quasars with 2,3 arcmin angular separation and redshift z 0.9. We apply the Nearest-Neighbor method to the sample of observed Lyman-alpha lines with rest equivalent width greater than 0.3 Angstrum. According to Monte-Carlo simulations, we detect an excess of coincidences with velocity difference smaller than 500 km/s. [less ▲]

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See detailThe relevance of HST observations for studies of quasars, gravitational lenses and intervening gas clouds "
Surdej, Jean ULg; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Jean, C. et al

in Space Sciences, Vol. II, Part 1: Space Scientific Research in Belgium (2001)

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See detailExtent of Lyman-alpha complexes from HST observations of four pairs of quasars
Aracil, B.; Petitjean, P.; Smette, A. et al

in Ferlet, R.; Lemoine, M.; Desert, J. M. (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the 17th IAP Colloquium 'Gaseous matter in galaxies and intergalactic space. Observational and theoretical results, with special emphasis on new data from FUSE, HST and VLT' (2001)

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See detailLensing properties of 7 damped Lyalpha absorbing galaxy-QSO pairs
Le Brun, V.; Smette, A.; Surdej, Jean ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000), 363

Le Brun et al. (1997) presented the first identifications of the galaxies giving rise to 7 intermediate redshift damped Lyalpha (DLA) absorption systems. Here, we study the gravitational lensing ... [more ▼]

Le Brun et al. (1997) presented the first identifications of the galaxies giving rise to 7 intermediate redshift damped Lyalpha (DLA) absorption systems. Here, we study the gravitational lensing properties of these foreground galaxies based on their observed optical appearance and on the absence of any secondary lensed quasar image. We consider the possibility that any secondary image be hidden due to extinction by dust, but find it unlikely. We derive upper limits on the amplification factor affecting the luminosity of the background quasars; in each case, this factor is found to be less than 0.3 mag. We also obtain upper limits on the total mass of the damped Ly-alpha galaxies, within radii equal to the quasar impact parameters. Mass-to-light ratios are found to be consistent with existing estimates based on X-ray emission or on motion of dwarf satellites. Although we show that lensing is not important in this sample, we note that existing DLA surveys used to determine the cosmological density of gas at z < 1 are based on samples of quasars brighter than the ones considered here and for which the amplification bias is likely to be stronger. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitational Lensing by Damped LY alpha Absorbers
Smette, A.; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Carilli, C. L.; Radford, S. J. E.; Menten, K. M. (Eds.) et al Highly Redshifted Radio Lines, ASP Conf. Series Vol. 156 (1999)

Spiral galaxies are thought to be the main responsible for the damped Ly-alpha (DLA) systems seen in QSO spectra. They can also act as gravitational lenses, affecting quantities derived in DLA surveys ... [more ▼]

Spiral galaxies are thought to be the main responsible for the damped Ly-alpha (DLA) systems seen in QSO spectra. They can also act as gravitational lenses, affecting quantities derived in DLA surveys. Assuming that z > 0 spiral galaxies are similar to local ones, we find that, at z 0.5, the number density of DLA systems may be over-estimated by up to 90% and the HI cosmological density (Omega[SUB]HI[/SUB]) by up to 170% in a survey using bright b[SUB]q[/SUB] = 16, z[SUB]q[/SUB] ga 2 QSOs and in the absence of important extinction by dust. Applying our model to existing surveys, we find that Omega[SUB]HI[/SUB] is significantly over-estimated only in the z < 1.7 ones (by 34%). Furthermore, statistical tests indicate that these surveys are indeed affected by gravitational lensing at a 2.3% confidence level. If luminosity functions for flat-spectrum radio-sources and optically selected QSOs are similar in shape and slopes, similar Gling effects should affect surveys for 21cm absorbers using bright, high-z flat-spectrum radio-sources. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial distribution of the Ly-alpha forest
Petitjean, P.; Surdej, Jean ULg; Remy, M. et al

in D'Odorico, S.; Fontana, A.; Giallongo, E. (Eds.) The Young Universe: Galaxy Formation and Evolution at Intermediate and High Redshift (1998)

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See detailESO & NOT photometric monitoring of the Cloverleaf quasar
Ostensen, R.; Remy, M.; Lindblad, P. O. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1997), 126

The Cloverleaf quasar, H1413+117, has been photometrically monitored at ESO (La Silla, Chile) and with the NOT (La Palma, Spain) during the period 1987--1994. All good quality CCD frames have been ... [more ▼]

The Cloverleaf quasar, H1413+117, has been photometrically monitored at ESO (La Silla, Chile) and with the NOT (La Palma, Spain) during the period 1987--1994. All good quality CCD frames have been successfully analysed using two independent methods (i.e. an automatic image decomposition technique and an interactive CLEAN algorithm). The photometric results from the two methods are found to be very similar, and they show that the four lensed QSO images vary significantly in brightness (by up to 0.45 mag), nearly in parallel. The lightcurve of the $D$ component presents some slight departures from the general trend which are very likely caused by micro-lensing effects. Upper limits, at the 99% confidence level, of 150 days on the absolute value for the time delays between the photometric lightcurves of this quadruply imaged variable QSO, are derived. This is unfortunately too large to constrain the lens model but there is little doubt that a better sampling of the lightcurves should allow to accurately derive these time delays. Pending a direct detection of the lensing galaxy (position and redshift), this system thus constitutes another good candidate for a direct and independent determination of the Hubble parameter. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile) and with the Nordic Optical Telescope (La Palma, Spain). Table 1. Logbook for the ESO and NOT observations together with photometric results for the Cloverleaf quasar. This long table can be accessed on the WWW at the URL address: http://vela.astro.ulg.ac.be/grav_lens/glp_homepage.html} [less ▲]

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See detailGravitational Lenses and Damped Ly-alpha Systems
Smette, A.; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Kochanek, C. S.; Hewitt, Jacqueline N (Eds.) Astrophysical applications of gravitational lensing: proceedings of the 173rd Symposium of the International Astronomical Union (1996)

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