We report the first scientific results from the Michigan Infrared Combiner (MIRC), including the first resolved image of a main-sequence star besides the Sun. Using the CHARA Array, MIRC was able to clearly resolve the well-known elongation of Altair's photosphere due to centrifugal distortion, and was also able to unambiguously image the effect of gravity darkening. In this report, we also show preliminary images of the interacting binary β Lyr and give an update of MIRC performance.
|Title of host publication||Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Jul 2008|
|Name||Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series|