|LBTI (green and silver structure in the center of the picture) between the two 8.4m mirrors of LBT|
LBTI coherently combines the two LBT beams to achieve the 23-m resolution the observatory offers today as a precursor to the Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) currently in development and hopefully operational in the mid-to-late 2020s.
The results show that the telescope works as intended: a tribute to the many who contributed to the development of the observatory.
Find more on this landmark paper in LBTO’s history by reading the NASA-JPL press release entitled Telescope To Seek Dust Where Other Earths May Lie, issued on January 20, 2015.
FIRST-LIGHT LBT NULLING INTERFEROMETRIC OBSERVATIONS: WARM EXOZODIACAL DUST RESOLVED WITHIN A FEW AU OF η Crv
D. Defrère, P. M. Hinz, A. J. Skemer, G. M. Kennedy, V. P. Bailey, W. F. Hoffmann, B. Mennesson, R. Millan-Gabet, W. C. Danchi, O. Absil