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Imaging performance studies of a compact near-infrared interferometer
Author(s): Peregrine M. McGehee; Gary C. Loos
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Paper Abstract

Models of the instrument response and imaging quality are presented for a class of compact near-infrared interferometers. The defining features of this class are 2 to 3 meter diameter telescopes with adaptive optics compensation, 3 to 6 collectors, and relatively short baselines of 50 meters or less. We will also study the effects of having at least one of the collecting apertures moveable along a 100 meter track. Estimates for the fringe visibilities are derived and the limiting K-band (2.2 micron) magnitudes are computed. Possible science programs are discussed with specific emphasis on the imaging of young stellar object accretion disks and optical jets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390264
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Peregrine M. McGehee, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Gary C. Loos, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technolgy (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4006:
Interferometry in Optical Astronomy
Pierre J. Lena; Andreas Quirrenbach, Editor(s)

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