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Bandwidth smearing in optical interferometry: analytic model of the transition to the double fringe packet
Author(s): R. Lachaume; J.-P. Berger
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Paper Abstract

Bandwidth smearing is a chromatic aberration due to the finite frequency bandwidth. In long-baseline optical interferometry terms, it is when the angular extension of the source is greater than the coherence length of the interferogram. As a consequence, separated parts of the source will contribute to fringe packets that are not fully overlapping; it is a transition from the classical interferometric regime to a double or multiple fringe packet. While studied in radio interferometry, there has been little work on the matter in the optical, where observables are measured and derived in a different manner, and are more strongly impacted by the turbulent atmosphere. We provide here the formalism and a set of usable equations to model and correct for the impact of smearing on the fringe contrast and phase, with the case of multiple stellar systems in mind. The atmosphere is briefly modeled and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8445, Optical and Infrared Interferometry III, 84453L (12 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927016
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R. Lachaume, Ponitificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
J.-P. Berger, European Southern Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8445:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry III
Françoise Delplancke; Jayadev K. Rajagopal; Fabien Malbet, Editor(s)

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