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See detailThe planar optics phase sensor: a study for the VLTI 2nd generation fringe tracker
Blind, Nicolas; Le Bouquin, Jean-Baptiste; Absil, Olivier ULiege et al

in Danchi, W. C.; Delplancke, F.; Rajagopal, J. K. (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry II (2010, July)

In a few years, the second generation instruments of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) will routinely provide observations with 4 to 6 telescopes simultaneously. To reach their ultimate ... [more ▼]

In a few years, the second generation instruments of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) will routinely provide observations with 4 to 6 telescopes simultaneously. To reach their ultimate performance, they will need a fringe sensor capable to measure in real time the randomly varying optical paths differences. A collaboration between LAOG (PI institute), IAGL, OCA and GIPSA-Lab has proposed the Planar Optics Phase Sensor concept to ESO for the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Generation Fringe Tracker. This concept is based on the integrated optics technologies, enabling the conception of extremely compact interferometric instruments naturally providing single-mode spatial filtering. It allows operations with 4 and 6 telescopes by measuring the fringes position thanks to a spectrally dispersed ABCD method. We present here the main analysis which led to the current concept as well as the expected on-sky performance and the proposed design. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a statistical reduction method for the Palomar Fiber Nuller
Hanot, Charles ULiege; Mennesson, Bertrand; Serabyn, Eugene et al

in Danchi, W. C.; Delplancke, F.; Rajagopal, J. K. (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry II (2010, July)

A unique statistical data analysis method has been developed for reducing nulling interferometry data. The idea is to make use of the statistical distributions of the fluctuating null depths and beam ... [more ▼]

A unique statistical data analysis method has been developed for reducing nulling interferometry data. The idea is to make use of the statistical distributions of the fluctuating null depths and beam intensities to retrieve the astrophysical null depth in the presence of fluctuations. The approach yields an accuracy much better than is possible with standard data reduction methods, because the accuracy of the null depth is not limited by the sizes of the phase and intensity errors but by the uncertainties on their statistical distributions. The result is an improvement in the instrumental null depth measurement limit of roughly an order of magnitude. We show in this paper that broadband null depths of 10[SUP]-4[/SUP] can be measured in the lab with our infrared Fiber Nuller without achromatic phase shifters. On sky results are also dramatically improved, with measured contrasts up to a couple of 10[SUP]-4[/SUP] with our instrument mounted on the Hale telescope at the Palomar Observatory. This statistical analysis is not specific to our instrument and may be applicable to other interferometers. [less ▲]

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See detailPIONIER: a visitor instrument for VLTI
Berger, Jean-Philippe; Zins, G.; Lazareff, B. et al

in Danchi, W. C.; Delplancke, F.; Rajagopal, J. K. (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry II (2010, July)

PIONIER is a 4-telescope visitor instrument for the VLTI, planned to see its first fringes in 2010. It combines four ATs or four UTs using a pairwise ABCD integrated optics combiner that can also be used ... [more ▼]

PIONIER is a 4-telescope visitor instrument for the VLTI, planned to see its first fringes in 2010. It combines four ATs or four UTs using a pairwise ABCD integrated optics combiner that can also be used in scanning mode. It provides low spectral resolution in H and K band. PIONIER is designed for imaging with a specific emphasis on fast fringe recording to allow closure-phases and visibilities to be precisely measured. In this work we provide the detailed description of the instrument and present its updated status. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Fomalhaut debris disk seen from every angle with interferometry
Absil, Olivier ULiege; Mennesson, B.; Le Bouquin, J.-B. et al

in Danchi, W. C.; Delplancke, F.; Rajagopal, J. K. (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry II (2010, July)

In this paper, we present the results of three different studies of the Fomalhaut debris disk with infrared interferometry. First, VLTI/AMBER measurements are used to determine the position angle of the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we present the results of three different studies of the Fomalhaut debris disk with infrared interferometry. First, VLTI/AMBER measurements are used to determine the position angle of the slightly oblate rapidly rotating photosphere by means of differential phase measurements across the Br-gamma photospheric line. This measurement allows us to confirm that the debris disk is located in the equatorial plane of its host star. Second, we use VLTI/VINCI to search for resolved near-infrared emission around the stellar photosphere, which would correspond to the presence of large amounts of hot dust grains located between the sublimation radius and the habitable zone. Our observations reveal a small excess of 0.88%+/-0.12% in K band relative to the photospheric flux. Finally, we use the Keck Interferometer Nuller in order to derive additional constraints on the nature of the resolved infrared emission. Our observations suggest a marginal detection of a circumstellar excess at 10 μm, which we use together with the VINCI detection to model the circumstellar emission. Preliminary results from this modeling effort are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-axial integrated optics solution for POPS, a 2nd-generation VLTI fringe tracker
Tarmoul, Nassima; Hénault, François; Mourard, Denis et al

in Danchi, W. C.; Delplancke, F.; Rajagopal, J. K. (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry II (2010, July)

POPS (Planar Optical Phase Sensor) is a second-generation fringe tracker for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI), intended to simultaneously measure the cophasing and coherencing errors of up ... [more ▼]

POPS (Planar Optical Phase Sensor) is a second-generation fringe tracker for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI), intended to simultaneously measure the cophasing and coherencing errors of up to six Unit Telescopes (UT) or Auxiliary Telescopes (AT) in real time. The most promising concepts are probably based on the utilization of Integrated Optics (IO) components, and were the scope of a Phase A study led by Observatoire de Grenoble (LAOG). Herein is described a tentative design built around a multi-axial IO chip whose fringes are dispersed downstream on a detector array, and a Chromatic Phase Diversity algorithm presented in another paper of this conference . We depict the foreseen opto-mechanical, detection and software implementations, and provide numerical results from a realistic simulation model in terms of group and phase delay measurement accuracy and limiting magnitudes in the K band. The ultimate performance of the method is discussed and compared with the original 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] generation VLTI fringe tracker requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a CELestial Infrared Nuller Experiment (CELINE) for broadband nulling and new single-mode fiber testing
Hanot, Charles ULiege; Riaud, Pierre; Mawet, Dimitri et al

in Danchi, W. C.; Delpancke, F.; Rajagopal, J. K. (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry II (2010, July)

he small angular distance (<100 mas) and the huge flux ratio (107) between an Earth-like exoplanet in the socalled habitable zone and its host star makes it very difficult to direct image such systems ... [more ▼]

he small angular distance (<100 mas) and the huge flux ratio (107) between an Earth-like exoplanet in the socalled habitable zone and its host star makes it very difficult to direct image such systems. Nulling interferometry consists of a very powerful technique that combines destructively the light from two or more collectors to dim the starlight and to reveal faint companions in its vicinity. We have developed a new nulling experiment based on the fiber nuller principle. This fully symmetric reflective nulling bench aims at testing broadband nulling in both H and K bands as well as characterizing photonic fibers for modal filtering. We present in this paper the design, the development as well as preliminary results of the experiment. [less ▲]

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See detailCompared sensitivities of VLT, JWST and ELT for direct exoplanet detection in nearby stellar moving groups
Hanot, Charles ULiege; Absil, Olivier ULiege; Surdej, Jean ULiege et al

in Oschmann, J.; Clampin, M.; MacEwen, H. (Eds.) Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave (2010, July)

In the context of exoplanet detection, a large majority of the 400 detected exoplanets have been found by indirect methods. Today, progress in the field of high contrast and angular resolution imaging has ... [more ▼]

In the context of exoplanet detection, a large majority of the 400 detected exoplanets have been found by indirect methods. Today, progress in the field of high contrast and angular resolution imaging has allowed direct images of several exoplanetary systems to be taken (cf. HR 8799, Fomalhaut and β Pic).[SUP]1-4[/SUP] In the near future, several new instruments are going to dramatically improve our sensitivity to exoplanet detection. Among these, SPHERE (Spectro Polarimetric High contrast Exoplanet REsearch) at the VLT, MIRI (Mid Infra-Red Instrument) onboard JWST and EPICS at the ELT will be equipped with coronagraphs to reveal faint objects in the vicinity of nearby stars. We made use of the Lyon group (COND) evolutionary models of young (sub-)stellar objects and exoplanets to compare the sensitivities of these different instruments using their estimated coronagraphic profiles. From this comparison, we present a catalogue of targets which are particularly well suited for the different instruments. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal Analysis of Firing Maps
Mauroy, Alexandre ULiege; Hendrickx, Julien; Megretski, Alexandre et al

in Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (2010, July)

In this paper, we study the behavior of pulse-coupled integrate-and-fire oscillators. Each oscillator is characterized by a state evolving between two threshold values. As the state reaches the upper ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we study the behavior of pulse-coupled integrate-and-fire oscillators. Each oscillator is characterized by a state evolving between two threshold values. As the state reaches the upper threshold, it is reset to the lower threshold and emits a pulse which increments by a constant value the state of every other oscillator. The behavior of the system is described by the so-called firing map: depending on the stability of the firing map, an important dichotomy characterizes the behavior of the oscillators (synchronization or clustering). The firing map is the composition of a linear map with a scalar nonlinearity. After briefly discussing the case of the scalar firing map (corresponding to two oscillators), the stability analysis is extended to the general n-dimensional firing map (for n +1 oscillators). Different models are considered (leaky oscillators, quadratic oscillators,...), with a particular emphasis on the persistence of the dichotomy in higher dimensions. [less ▲]

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See detailMassive binaries as seen with GAIA
Palate, Matthieu ULiege; Rauw, Grégor ULiege; Gosset, Eric ULiege et al

Poster (2010, July)

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See detailImprovements and validation of mid-infrared predictions of milk fatty acid
Soyeurt, Hélène ULiege; McParland, Sinead; Donagh, Berry et al

Conference (2010, July)

The development of mid-infrared equations to predict the milk fatty acid (FA) content of milk allows prompt analysis of large numbers of samples. The first aim was to improve these predictions by ... [more ▼]

The development of mid-infrared equations to predict the milk fatty acid (FA) content of milk allows prompt analysis of large numbers of samples. The first aim was to improve these predictions by comparing 6 statistical approaches. The second one was to validate the new equations using an independent sample set. The calibration set contained 239 spectrally different Belgian milk samples collected for over 2 years from several cows and breeds. FA were quantified by gas chromatography (GC). Statistical approaches tested were 1) partial least squares regression (PLS), 2) PLS and first derivative, 3) PLS and repeatability file (RF), 4) PLS, first derivative and RF, 5) PLS, second derivative, and 6) PLS, second derivative and RF. This last file contained spectra obtained from the same samples using 5 spectrometers. Cross-validation (CV) used 20 groups from the calibration set. Methods were compared using the ratio of the standard deviation of GC values to the standard error of CV (RPD). An external validation permitted a second comparison and was done using 362 samples collected for one year from multiple breeds and cows in Belgium, Ireland, and Scotland. Different RPD values were obtained by the 6 methods. Generally the equations developed using method 4 gave better results suggesting the adaptation of the methodology to the studied FA. It confirms by the obtained validation coefficients of determination. Highest values were observed for the equations with the highest RPD values except for C18:0. The ability to predict FA using method 4 gave superior results to those shown in previous publications. [less ▲]

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See detailExercise pulmonary hypertension in asymptomatic degenerative mitral regurgitation
Magne, Julien ULiege; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULiege; Pierard, Luc ULiege

in Circulation (2010), 122(1), 33-41

BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend mitral valve surgery for asymptomatic patients with severe degenerative mitral regurgitation and preserved left ventricular systolic function when exercise ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend mitral valve surgery for asymptomatic patients with severe degenerative mitral regurgitation and preserved left ventricular systolic function when exercise pulmonary hypertension (PHT) is present. However, the determinants of exercise PHT have not been evaluated. The aim of this study was to identify the echocardiographic predictors of exercise PHT and the impact on symptoms. <br /> <br />METHODS AND RESULTS: Comprehensive resting and exercise transthoracic echocardiography was performed in 78 consecutive patients (age, 61+/-13 years; 56% men) with at least moderate degenerative mitral regurgitation (effective regurgitant orifice area =43+/-20 mm(2); regurgitant volume =71+/-27 mL). Exercise PHT was defined as a systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (SPAP) >60 mm Hg. Exercise PHT was present in 46% patients. In multivariable analysis, exercise effective regurgitant orifice was an independent determinant of exercise SPAP (P<0.0001) and exercise PHT (P=0.002). Resting PHT and exercise PHT were associated with markedly reduced 2-year symptom-free survival (36+/-14% versus 59+/-7%, P=0.04; 35+/-8% versus 75+/-7%, P<0.0001). After adjustment, although the impact of resting PHT was no longer significant, exercise PHT was identified as an independent predictor of the occurrence of symptoms (hazard ratio=3.4; P=0.002). Receiver-operating characteristics curves revealed that exercise PHT (SPAP >56 mm Hg) was more accurate than resting PHT (SPAP >36 mm Hg) in predicting the occurrence of symptoms during follow-up (P=0.032). <br /> <br />CONCLUSIONS: Exercise PHT is frequent in patients with asymptomatic degenerative mitral regurgitation. Exercise mitral regurgitation severity is a strong independent predictor of both exercise SPAP and exercise PHT. Exercise PHT is associated with markedly low 2-year symptom-free survival, emphasizing the use of exercise echocardiography. An exercise SPAP >56 mm Hg accurately predicts the occurrence of symptoms. [less ▲]

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See detailFeasibility of a genetic evaluation for milk fatty acids in dairy cattle
Soyeurt, Hélène ULiege; Arnould, Valérie ULiege; Vanderick, Sylvie ULiege et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2010, July), 88/93/89(E-Suppl. 2/ E-Suppl. 1/ E-Suppl. 1), 744

Recent development of equations based on mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry for the prediction of milk fatty acid (FA) contents allows their measurement on a large scale during performance recording. The ... [more ▼]

Recent development of equations based on mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry for the prediction of milk fatty acid (FA) contents allows their measurement on a large scale during performance recording. The objective was to show that a genetic evaluation for milk FA in dairy cattle is feasible in the Walloon region of Belgium and to report first results. Estimated breeding values (EBV) and associated reliabilities (REL) were computed using a multi-trait test-day animal model similar to the one used for the routine genetic evaluation for yield traits. Studied traits were first lactation test-day milk, fat and protein yields, fat (FAT) and protein contents, and content of saturated fatty acids in milk (g/100g of milk, SAT). More than 6,700,000 records were available for common production and content traits and 194,000 records were used for SAT. Used variance components were estimated using REML. The average SAT content was 2.79% with a standard deviation (SD) of 0.50%. A total of 1,707 Holstein bulls used in Walloon Region had REL superior to 0.49 for all studied traits. REL for SAT ranged from 0.53 to 0.99. A total of 1,217 bulls had REL superior to 0.74. SD of EBV for SAT was 0.20%. The maximum and minimum SAT EBV values were 0.89% and -0.69%, respectively. In order to have a direct measure of the part of FAT that is not due to SAT, a new trait (dSAT) was post-evaluated and defined as difference between expected SAT EBV for a given FAT EBV and the estimated EBV for SAT. This new trait can be assumed to be a direct predictor of the content of unsaturated fatty acids in fat. The interest is that this trait cannot be accurately predicted directly by MIR. The maximum and minimum EBV for dSAT for the 1,707 bulls were -0.28% and 0.24%, respectively. Based on these results, a genetic evaluation for milk fatty acids is feasible. In the bull population used recently, a genetic variability for dSAT exists and could be used to improve the milk fat composition. [less ▲]

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See detailLes prényltransférases et leurs rôles biologiques chez les pucerons
Vandermoten, Sophie ULiege; Cusson, Michel; Haubruge, Eric ULiege et al

Conference (2010, July)

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See detailImpact of Oil Solubility and Refrigerant Flashing on the Performance of Transcritical CO2 Vapor Compression Systems with Oil Flooding and Regeneration
Bell, Ian ULiege; Groll, Eckhard; Braun, James et al

in International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference at Purdue, July 12-15, 2010 (2010, July)

Flooding the compressor of a vapor compression system with oil can allow for a more isothermal compression process. This can lead to significant improvements in performance, particularly when combined ... [more ▼]

Flooding the compressor of a vapor compression system with oil can allow for a more isothermal compression process. This can lead to significant improvements in performance, particularly when combined with a regenerative heat exchanger. For CO2 cycles with supercritical heat rejection, the superheat horn and throttle are major sources of irreversibility. The combination of flooding and regeneration attacks both of these losses with a relatively small impact on system costs. The improvement in system COP can be over 20% for sink and source temperatures of 30°C and -30°C, respectively, with an optimized oil mass fraction and oils that have low refrigerant solubility. However, when some amount of refrigerant is solved in the oil, the cooling capacity is decreased. At a refrigerant solubility of 20% by mass in the oil for fixed oil mass fraction, there is no improvement in system COP compared to the baseline system. [less ▲]

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See detailSequential Evaluation of Longitudinal Conformation Data in Dairy Cows
Gengler, Nicolas ULiege; Vanderick, Sylvie ULiege; Bastin, Catherine

in Journal of Dairy Science (2010, July), 88/93/89(E-Suppl. 2/ E-Suppl. 1/ E-Suppl. 1), 799

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See detailDirect imaging of Earth-like planets: why we care about exozodis
Absil, Olivier ULiege; Defrere, Denis ULiege; Roberge, A. et al

in Danchi, W. C.; Delplancke, F.; Rajagopal, J. K. (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry II (2010, July)

The presence of large amounts of exozodiacal dust around nearby main sequence stars is considered as a potential threat for the direct detection of Earth-like exoplanets (exoEarths) with future space ... [more ▼]

The presence of large amounts of exozodiacal dust around nearby main sequence stars is considered as a potential threat for the direct detection of Earth-like exoplanets (exoEarths) with future space-based coronagraphic and interferometric missions. In this paper, we estimate the amount of exozodiacal light that can be tolerated around various stellar types without jeopardizing the detection of exoEarths with a space-based visible coronagraph or a free-flying mid-infrared interferometer. We also address the possible effects of resonant structures in exozodiacal disks. We then review the sensitivity of current ground-based interferometric instruments to exozodiacal disks, based on classical visibility measurements and on the nulling technique. We show that the current instrumental performances are not sufficient to help prepare future exoEarth imaging missions, and discuss how new groundor space-based instruments could improve the current sensitivity to exozodiacal disks down to a suitable level. [less ▲]

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See detailUn romanzo di Mussolini
Curreri, Luciano ULiege

in L'Indice dei Libri del Mese (2010), 7/8

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See detailUpdate on Scroll Compressor Chamber Geometry
Bell, Ian ULiege; Groll, Eckhard; Braun, James et al

in International Compressor Engineering Conference at Purdue (2010, July)

The geometry of the scroll compressor determines the efficiency of the scroll compressor and controls all elements of its operation. It is therefore critical to be able to accurately model the volumes of ... [more ▼]

The geometry of the scroll compressor determines the efficiency of the scroll compressor and controls all elements of its operation. It is therefore critical to be able to accurately model the volumes of the compressor over the course of a revolution. This paper proposes a novel quasi-analytic formulation of the suction, compression and discharge chambers based on a change of variables from involute angle to polar integration angle. This solution has been compared against a reference polygon solution, and for the suction chamber this solution agrees to within 0.02%. The solutions for the compression and discharge chamber volumes are analytic and incur a negligible penalty to overhead of a detailed compressor model. In addition, the general nature of the solution presented allows for multiple compression chambers and more complex discharge geometry. [less ▲]

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