Volume 387, Number 2, May IV 2002
|Page(s)||733 - 743|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||13 May 2002|
Restoration of interferometric images
I. The software package AIRY
UMR 6525 Astrophysique, Université de Nice–Sophia Antipolis, Parc Valrose, 06108 Nice Cedex 2, France
2 European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107, casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile
3 Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy e-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
4 INFM and DISI, Università di Genova, via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova, Italy e-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Corresponding author: S. Correia, email@example.com
Accepted: 7 March 2002
The Software Package AIRY (Astronomical Image Restoration in interferometrY) described in this paper is designed for simulation and/or multiple deconvolution of interferometric images. It was conceived for applications to the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), but can also be used for future interferometers of the same class. AIRY is modular, IDL-based, and designed to be used together with the CAOS (Code for Adaptive Optics Systems) Application Builder. As concerns multiple deconvolution AIRY includes an implementation of the method OS-EM (Ordered Subsets-Expectation Maximization) which is an accelerated version of the Lucy-Richardson method. After a description of the structure and modules of the software package, its use is illustrated with a few applications. In particular the intrinsic performance of the implemented restoration method is explored in the case of binary stars of different angular separations and magnitude differences, as well as in the case of a diffuse object. The possibility of obtaining super-resolved images of unresolved binary stars is also demonstrated.
Key words: techniques: interferometric / techniques: image processing / methods: data analysis / methods: numerical / stars: imaging
© ESO, 2002
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