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Toward complex visibilities using optical interferometry: multiwavelength phase referencing
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Paper Abstract

We report on experiments in multi-wavelength phase referencing using the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer (NPOI). In these experiments we use the unique capability of the NPOI to simultaneously observe 16 spectral channels covering 512-850 nm on multiple baselines simultaneously. We present observations of the well-known Be star ζ Tauri using custom filters which allow us to isolate the Hα line in a single spectral channel while the other channels observe the stellar continuum. Since the central star is unresolved, we can use the data in the continuum channels to calibrate the spectral line data. Using the phase information recovered in this way, it is possible for the first time to use standard techniques to construct simple images of the line-emitting region around the star.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 62680W (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671881
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Thomas A. Pauls, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Henrique R. Schmitt, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Interferometrics, Inc. (United States)
Christopher Tycner, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
J. Thomas Armstrong, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
James A. Benson, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
James H. Clark, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Robert B. Hindsley, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Donald J. Hutter, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
Anders M. Jorgensen, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6268:
Advances in Stellar Interferometry
John D. Monnier; Markus Schöller; William C. Danchi, Editor(s)

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