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Simulating dilute-aperture imaging: the Stellar Imager
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Paper Abstract

A number of proposed space missions for high resolution imaging at wavelengths ranging from IR to UV call for ``dilute-aperture'' Fizeau-mode interferometers. We present here details of a software tool developed for high fidelity simulations of images obtained with such instruments. We show simulated images from the Stellar Imager, a mission concept being developed by NASA's GSFC to obtain high-resolution images of nearby stars in UV-optical wavelengths. Using the simulator, we study the capability of the proposed SI design to image stellar surfaces. We use the simulator to explore parameters of image quality such as resolution and dynamic range, and to evaluate proposed designs and the feasibility of science goals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4852, Interferometry in Space, (26 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460718
Show Author Affiliations
Jayadev K. Rajagopal, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Torsten Boker, Space Telescope Science Institute and NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ronald J. Allen, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Kenneth G. Carpenter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4852:
Interferometry in Space
Michael Shao, Editor(s)

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