VLT/SPHERE imaging survey of the largest main-belt asteroids: Final results and synthesis

  title={VLT/SPHERE imaging survey of the largest main-belt asteroids: Final results and synthesis},
  author={Pierre Vernazza and Marin Ferrais and Laurent Jorda and Josef Hanu{\vs} and Beno{\^i}t Carry and Micha{\"e}l Marsset and Miroslav Bro{\vz} and Romain F{\'e}tick and M. Viikinkoski and F. Marchis and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Vachier and Alexis Drouard and Thierry Fusco and Mirel Birlan and Edyta Podlewska-Gaca and N. Rambaux and Marion Neveu and Przemysław Bartczak and Grzegorz Dudziński and Emmanuel Jehin and Paul G. Beck and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Berthier and Julie C. Castillo‐Rogez and Fabrice Cipriani and F. Colas and Christophe Dumas and Josef Ďurech and J. Grice and Mikko Kaasalainen and Agnieszka Kryszczyńska and Philippe Lamy and H. Le Coroller and Anna Marciniak and Tadeusz Michałowski and P. Michel and Toni Santana-Ros and P. Tanga and Arthur Vigan and Olivier G. Witasse and B. Yang and P. Antonini and Maurice Audejean and P. Aurard and Raoul Behrend and Zouhair Benkhaldoun and J. M. Bosch and A. Chapman and L. Dalmon and St{\'e}phane Fauvaud and Hiroko Hamanowa and Hiromi Hamanowa and J. P. His and A. Jones and D.-H. Kim and M.-J. Kim and Joel Krajewski and O. Labrevoir and Arnaud Leroy and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Livet and David Molina and R. Montaigut and Julian Oey and Nathalie Payre and V. Reddy and Paul Sabin and A. Gonz{\'a}lez S{\'a}nchez and Ladislav Socha},
  journal={Astronomy \& Astrophysics},
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