Volume 387, Number 2, May IV 2002
|Page(s)||744 - 757|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||13 May 2002|
Restoration of interferometric images
II. The case-study of the Large Binocular Telescope
Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
2 UMR 6525 Astrophysique, Université de Nice–Sophia Antipolis, Parc Valrose, 06108 Nice Cedex 2, France
3 European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107, casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile e-mail: email@example.com
4 INFM and DISI, Università di Genova, via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova, Italy e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Corresponding author: M. Carbillet, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 8 March 2002
We present in this paper a study of the imaging properties of the Large Binocular Telescope interferometer, focusing our attention on what we believe to be the most relevant effects, namely the limited angular coverage and the partial adaptive optics (AO) correction. For this purpose we make use of the Software Package AIRY (Astronomical Image Restoration in interferometrY), designed for multiple deconvolution of interferometric images and presented in our previous paper. We also consider as our testing object a model of young binary star consisting of a core binary surrounded by a massive circumbinary ring seen in scattered light, similar to that of GG Tau. The effect of angular coverage, linked to the problem of time-averaging smearing of the interferometric images, is investigated for a number of cases corresponding to different declinations of the observed object. We find encouraging results showing that a good estimation of the relevant astronomical parameters of the object can be obtained even with an incomplete angular coverage. We then study the effect of partial AO-correction for both schemes of classical AO and multi-conjugate AO. We show that uniformity of the point-spread function over the field-of-view, rather than absolute global quality, is fundamental for the quality of the restored image.
Key words: instrumentation: interferometers / instrumentation: adaptive optics / techniques: interferometric / techniques: image processing / methods: numerical / stars: imaging
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