AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 86 Ground Based Optical Interferometry
Special Session, Tuesday, 10:00-11:30am, January 10, 2006, Delaware A

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[86.01] Optical Interferometry: Some Current Results and How They Grew

J. T. Armstrong (Naval Research Laboratory)

In the first part of the 20th century, optical interferometers produced diameter measurements for a few bright stars and orbits for a few binaries. The last decade has brought new arrays and improved techniques. With these improvements has come a wider range of results, including limb darkening, orbits of triple systems, Cepheid pulsations, shapes of rapid rotators, images of circumstellar material, high-precision astrometry, and even detection of AGNs. I will introduce some of the current directions in optical interferometry and how the increased capabilities of current instruments have made them possible.

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