• April 2021: breaking news.... ERC-Adv ISSP (Interferometric Survey of Stellar Parameters, PI D. Mourard)  is funded for 5 years!
  • March 2021: CHARA-VEGA/SPICA adventure in NOAO Issue #75
  • March 2021: the integration of the injection table is progressing well: first light obtained with the fiber back illumination. CHARA optical Simulator under integration. (see presentations at CHARA 2021 meeting)
  • January 2021: publication of the SPIE Paper by Pannetier et al.
  • December 2020
  • November 2020:
    • Arrival of the jpgmain V-groove with its 6 monomode fibres + for calibration purpose, 4 additional multimode fibres and 4 additional monomode fibres.
    • The Science Survey Management document derived by the Science Group: pdfSPICA-VIS-ScienceSurvey.pdf
    • The SPICA database specification: pdfSPICA-VIS-0021.pdf
  • October 2020: Procurement Phase for SPICA-VIS and pursuit of the developments
    • After the Design Review of July 2020 and the additional studies made in-between, a large fraction of the procurements needed for the construction of SPICA-VIS (injection table and spectrograph) has been made.
    • The decision for the integration plan has been made (pnglocation in the Fizeau building, xlsxplanning)
    • The first mechanical fabrications have been launched.
    • Developments have started on the software side (servers, control detector, database)
  • September 2020: Important milestone reached on SPICA-FT
    • Despite the impossibility of travelling to Mt Wilson because of the pandemie, the work on the control loop of the fringe tracker has made great progresses. 
    • The testbench in Nice is now equipped with the 2nd generation of the integrated optics 6T-ABCD beam combiner, which exhibits much better performance in terms of photometric balance.
    • The fringe-search function on the 6 beams has been successfully tested (however with the limitation of the limited stroke of the internal delay lines of the testbench).
    • The group-delay and phase-delay loops have been implemented and tested successfully 
    • See slides: pptx6TFTtestbenchStatus.pptx
  • 23-24 July 2020: SPICA-VIS Design Review
  • 19 March 2020: CHARA/SPICA Science Group Workshop/telecon with Work-Package leaders  (report)
  • 13-23 Jan 2020: First commissioning run of the Fringe Sensor, SPICA-FT
  • 18 Dec 2019: Progress Meeting
  • 2 July 2019: Summary of the Telecon of the WG leaders
  • 28-30 January 2019: CHARA/SPICA Science Group Workshop. The synthesis of the Workshop is presented here with an organization of the Science Group around working packages. The main output of the meeting is that CHARA/SPICA (in collaboration with the JMMC) will propose a description of the interferometric pipeline inside PLATO WP122 (Non Seismics Diagnostics and Model Atmospheres). There is also a link to be discussed around WP125500 (benchmarks stars within WP125: “Determination of Stellar Parameters” ). We also identified a possible link with WP121 (“Stellar Models”) as CHARA/SPICA will derive the masses of about 100 hundred stars independently, and with WP169 ("Complementary Science: Spectroscopic, Interferometric and Multicolour follow-up").
  • January 2019: Arrival of Fabien Patru (PostDoc OPTICON)
  • December 2018: additional complementary funding from UCA for SPICA/HFT (20k€)
  • December 2018: Purchase orders are placed for the optomechanical pieces of the FT testbed in Nice and for the detailed design and the fabrication of the IO (6T ABCD) chip. Fibers and V-Groove + assembly is alse ordered.
  • October 2018: New CHARA run with the CESAR experiment dedicated to the validation of the tip/tilt stabilization of the injection into a single mode fiber in the visible behind a partial AO correction (P. Berio, C. Lim, D. Mourard, C. Petit, I. Tallon-Bosc, M. Tallon).
  • September 2018: The material from the LESIA/Gravity-FT testbed is received at Lagrange/Fizeau
  • July 2018: Funding from UCA/C4P0 (61k€) for the development of CHARA/SPICA-FT and VLTI/HFT
  • June 2018: Funding from CNRS/INSU mi-lourd (48.5k€) for the development of the SPICA Fringe Tracker
  • February 2017: First funding obtained from CNRS (20k€) and UCA (30k€) for the EMCCD development (ANDOR + CESAR experiment) 
  • January 2017: VEGA/SPICA Meeting 
  • March 2016: SPICA meeting during the CHARA Annual Meeting
  • March 2015: Atlanta CHARA Annual Meeting. First presentation of the idea around a 6T visible instrument for CHARA