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By A. Labeyrie

Over the past 20 years, optical stellar interferometry has develop into an enormous instrument in astronomical investigations requiring spatial answer well past that of conventional telescopes. This publication, first released in 2006, used to be the 1st to be written at the topic. The authors supply a longer creation discussing simple actual and atmospheric optics, which establishes the framework essential to current the information and perform of interferometry as utilized to the astronomical scene. They persist with with an outline of historic, operational and deliberate interferometric observatories, and a variety of significant astrophysical discoveries made with them. eventually, they current a few as-yet untested principles for tools either at the flooring and in house that can let us snapshot info of planetary structures past our personal.

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3. A typical observation of an urban night scene photographed through a pair of slits separated vertically by about 1 mm. Approximate distances to the street lights are shown on the right. become more blurred and lose their contrast. 3). Your first reaction to this might be that it is obvious. The fringes around all the lamps have the same angular spacing, which is determined by the slit separation and the wavelength. If the source angular size is small compared with this fringe spacing, the fringes are clear and have good contrast.

A) The distortion of the wavefront of a plane wave in the region of a massive body, causing a dimple on the axis, propagation of the dimpled wavefront, and the way in which multiple images result; (b) an example of the gravitationally distorted image of a quasar in the near infrared (courtesy of NASA). wave progresses through the focus of the central region, a cusp develops. 6). Gravitational lensing has become relevant to the extrasolar planet search (chapter 10), which is a major incentive for astronomical interferometry.

This is because the technique works by correlating fluctuations in light intensity at frequencies up to 200 MHz. Since atmospheric fluctuations are limited to frequencies less than 1 kHz, these can easily be filtered out. But, in 1970 A. Labeyrie suggested a revolutionary technique of observation which actually took advantage of the randomness of the atmospheric fluctuations in order to get diffraction-limited images with a conventional large-aperture telescope. This technique, called “speckle interferometry” (Labeyrie 1970), started a revival in interest in high-resolution optical astronomical imaging, described in chapter 6.

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