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Beam Combination for Wide Field Imaging

  • M. Tallon (a1) and I. Tallon-Bosc (a2)

Abstract

Several limitations reduce the field of view in radio-interferometry. With an optical array, two of them can be overcome to some extent according to the beam combination method. A beam combination in the pupil plane can completely overcome one of them. In the image plane, a beam combination obeying the rules of geometrical optics can overcome both limitations in principle, but is difficult to achieve in practice. We discuss particularly the real case of a Michelson Stellar Interferometer where a periscope partially re-introduces these limitations, yielding a trade-off between the extension of the field of view and the use of the periscope.

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