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Hervé Le Coroller reports that they have detected fringes on Deneb (mv=1.25) with the full OHP-Carlina prototype interferometer system (metrology, servo-loops, focal gondola at F/3.5, photon counting camera, baseline = 5m) at the Haute-Provence observatory (OHP) [see image below]. The Carlina is configured as a diluted version of the Arecibo radio telescope: above the diluted primary mirror made of fixed co-spherical segments, a helium balloon (or cables suspended between Pylons or/and mountains), carries a gondola containing the focal optics.
Paul Nunez announces the "Workshop on Hanbury-Brown & Twiss Interferometry", which will take place on the 12th and 13th of May (2014) at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (Nice, France).
Josef Hron announces the call for applications for the Fizeau exchange visitors program. The Fizeau exchange visitors program in optical interferometry funds (travel and accommodation) visits of researchers to an institute of his/her choice (within the European Community) to perform collaborative work and training on one of the active topics of the European Interferometry Initiative. The visits will typically last for one month, and strengthen the network of astronomers engaged in technical, scientific and training work on optical/infrared interferometry. The program is open for all levels of astronomers (Ph.D. students to tenured staff), non-EU based missions will only be funded if considered essential by the Fizeau Committee. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek also partial support from their home or host institutions. The deadline for applications is March 15 for visits starting in May 2014.
The 2014 Interferometry Forum was announced; it will be held on June 28th at Université de Montréal.
Jean-Philippe Berger noted that the presentations of the PIONIER Science and VLTI community days are now uploaded to the conference website.
Stefan Kraus announced a postdoctoral position for high-angular resolution studies of protoplanetary disks at the University of Exeter.
Olivier Absil announced a postdoctoral position in stellar coronagraphy at Université de Liège, Belgium.

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