Speckle interferometry with adaptive optics corrected solar data
National Solar Observatory, PO Box 62, Sunspot, NM 88349, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik, Schöneckstr. 6, 79104 Freiburg, Germany
3 INAF – Osservatorio Astrosico di Arcetri, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Accepted: 17 May 2008
Context. Adaptive optics systems are used on several advanced solar telescopes to enhance the spatial resolution of the recorded data. In all cases, the correction remains only partial, requiring post-facto image reconstruction techniques such as speckle interferometry to achieve consistent, near-diffraction limited resolution.
Aims. This study investigates the reconstruction properties of the Kiepenheuer-Institut Speckle Interferometry Package (KISIP) code, with focus on its phase reconstruction capabilities and photometric accuracy. In addition, we analyze its suitability for real-time reconstruction.
Methods. We evaluate the KISIP program with respect to its scalability and the convergence of the implemented algorithms with dependence on several parameters, such as atmospheric conditions. To test the photometric accuracy of the final reconstruction, comparisons are made between simultaneous observations of the Sun using the ground-based Dunn Solar Telescope and the space-based Hinode/SOT telescope.
Results. The analysis shows that near real-time image reconstruction with high photometric accuracy of ground-based solar observations is possible, even for observations in which an adaptive optics system was utilized to obtain the speckle data.
Key words: techniques: high angular resolution / techniques: image processing / techniques: interferometric / sun: photosphere
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