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Interferometric "fitness" and the large optical array
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Paper Abstract

We introduce for the first time an approach to interferometer design which makes explicit the global nature of the optimization of the array. We discuss the idea of a "fitness landscape" for interferometric arrays, where a fitness function is defined in terms of the success of the array, and the coordinates of the space are design parameters such as numbers and sizes of telescopes, baseline length and wavelength coverage. We investigate the extent to which such ideas can illuminate our understanding of strategies for array design and our ways of evaluating the success of a design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459331
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David F. Buscher, Cavendish Lab./Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Christopher A. Haniff, Cavendish Lab./Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4838:
Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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