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ALMA imaging simulator
Author(s): Stephane Guilloteau; Jerome Pety; Frederic Gueth
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Paper Abstract

We have developed an imaging simulation package for ALMA within the GILDAS software environment. The simulation takes into account most of the possible sources of errors affecting image quality: array configuration, pointing errors, tracking errors, atmospheric phase, gain calibration errors, primary beam errors, and thermal noise as well as the effects of observing strategies used to calibrate the zero order effects. Particular care has been taken to optimize for speed, since the evaluation of the imaging quality requires a large number of simulations. To do this, approximate, but sufficiently accurate solutions have been implemented rather than using the exact, but slower method. The simulation package is driven by a simple GUI interface, on top of a command line interface. This system permits easy use by occasional users, as well as simple setup for large series of simulations. Example of simulation results are given, and the importance of chosen modeling methods are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4757, Integrated Modeling of Telescopes, (30 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.489817
Show Author Affiliations
Stephane Guilloteau, Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimetrique and European Southern Observatory (France)
Jerome Pety, Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimetrique (France)
Frederic Gueth, Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimetrique (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4757:
Integrated Modeling of Telescopes
Torben Andersen, Editor(s)

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