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Simulation of aperture synthesis with the Large Binocular Telescope
Author(s): E. Keith Hege; James Roger P. Angel; Matthew Cheselka; Michael Lloyd-Hart
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Paper Abstract

The large binocular telescope (LBT) will have two 8.4 m apertures spaced 14.4 m from center to center. Adaptive optics will be used to recover deep, long exposure diffraction-limited images in the infrared. The LBT configuration has a diffraction-limited resolution equivalent to a 22.8 m telescope along the center-to-center baseline. Using simulated LBT images and an iterative blind deconvolution algorithm (IBD--Jefferies and Christou, 1993) a sequence of three exposures, at sufficiently different parallactic angles, allows recovery of imagery nearly equivalent to that of the circumscribing 22.8 m circular aperture. To establish a credibility basis for these simulations we have studied the performance of IBD for image constructions of several examples of atmospherically perturbed and partially corrected stellar and galactic data. IBD is robust against influences of real, non-ideal data obtained from large astronomical telescopes, including partial anisoplanicity and Poisson noise from object, sky, and thermal background. For faint objects, which are sky-background and photon-statistics limited, the use of adaptive optics is presumed in these simulations. IBD removes the dilute aperture point spread function effects in the set of parallactic angle-diverse images linearly combined to produce the circumscribed aperture result. Optimal image combination strategy is considered for multi-aperture imaging array configurations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2566, Advanced Imaging Technologies and Commercial Applications, (23 August 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.217369
Show Author Affiliations
E. Keith Hege, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
James Roger P. Angel, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Matthew Cheselka, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Michael Lloyd-Hart, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2566:
Advanced Imaging Technologies and Commercial Applications
Natalie Clark; John D. Gonglewski, Editor(s)

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