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Astronomical Speckle Imaging
Author(s): P. Nisenson; D. C. Ehn; R. V. Stachnik
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Paper Abstract

Speckle imaging is a technique for recovering diffraction limited images from sequences of atmosphere-degraded, short exposure photographs obtained at a large telescope. The technique is derived from speckle interferometry and shares many of the characteristics of that process, including dependence of the output signal-to-noise on number of frames processed and relative insensitivity to fixed telescope aberrations and noise in the image record. Speckle interferometry has been demonstrated to yield telescope-diffraction-limited information, but only in the form of spatial power spectra. Speckle imaging averages a different quantity, the statistical autocorrelation of the image Fourier transform, which contains all the information in the averaged power spectra plus the transform phase information required to recover an image. Two-dimensional digital simulations of the process for extended continuous-tone objects are presented, and include the case where severe static telescope aberrations are present.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 1976
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0075, Imaging Through the Atmosphere, (19 July 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954741
Show Author Affiliations
P. Nisenson, Itek Corporation (United States)
D. C. Ehn, Itek Corporation (United States)
R. V. Stachnik, Itek Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0075:
Imaging Through the Atmosphere
James C. Wyant, Editor(s)

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