20 September 2007 The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed: enabling techniques for high angular resolution astronomy
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The Wide-Field Imaging Interferometry Testbed (WIIT) was designed to develop techniques for wide-field of view imaging interferometry, using "double-Fourier" methods. These techniques will be important for a wide range of future space-based interferometry missions. We have provided simple demonstrations of the methodology already, and continuing development of the testbed will lead to higher data rates, improved data quality, and refined algorithms for image reconstruction. At present, the testbed effort includes five lines of development; automation of the testbed, operation in an improved environment, acquisition of large high-quality datasets, development of image reconstruction algorithms, and analytical modeling of the testbed. We discuss the progress made towards the first four of these goals; the analytical modeling is discussed in a separate paper within this conference.
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S. A. Rinehart, T. Armstrong, Bradley J. Frey, J. Jung, J. Kirk, David T. Leisawitz, Douglas B. Leviton, R. Lyon, Stephen Maher, Anthony J. Martino, T. Pauls, "The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed: enabling techniques for high angular resolution astronomy", Proc. SPIE 6687, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III, 66870F (20 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.734437; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.734437
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