12 September 2012 Simulated imaging with an interferometer on a boom
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Abstract
We simulate the observations of a red supergiant star and an asteroid with an optical interferometer mounted on a boom. This instrument has an advantage over more traditional interferometers because it significantly reduces the number of reflections and surfaces, thus allowing one to combine a larger number of telescopes without a significant loss of sensitivity. We investigate two telescope arrays distributed on a hexagonal pattern, one that produces a non redundant coverage of the uv-plane and one that produces a redundant coverage of the uv-plane. These simulated observations are combined with traditional aperture synthesis techniques to reconstruct images and determine the accuracy of these images relative to the original ones.
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Henrique R Schmitt, David Mozurkewich, J. Thomas Armstrong, Anders M. Jorgensen, Ellyn K. Baines, Sergio R. Restaino, Robert B. Hindsley, and Gerard van Belle "Simulated imaging with an interferometer on a boom", Proc. SPIE 8445, Optical and Infrared Interferometry III, 84452P (12 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926707; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.926707
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