Aperture synthesis

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Aperture synthesis or synthesis imaging is a type of interferometry that mixes signals from a collection of telescopes to produce images having the same angular resolution as an instrument the size of the entire collection.wikipedia
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Astronomical interferometer

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Astronomical interferometers are commonly used for high-resolution optical, infrared, submillimetre and radio astronomy observations.
A mathematical signal processing technique called aperture synthesis is used to combine the separate signals to create high-resolution images.

Radio astronomy

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Astronomical interferometers are commonly used for high-resolution optical, infrared, submillimetre and radio astronomy observations.
Radio astronomy is conducted using large radio antennas referred to as radio telescopes, that are either used singularly, or with multiple linked telescopes utilizing the techniques of radio interferometry and aperture synthesis.

Event Horizon Telescope

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For example, the Event Horizon Telescope project derived the first image of a black hole using aperture synthesis.
Through the technique of very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI), many independent radio antennas separated by hundreds or thousands of kilometres can act as a phased array, a virtual telescope which can be pointed electronically, with an effective aperture which is the diameter of the entire planet.

Telescope

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Aperture synthesis or synthesis imaging is a type of interferometry that mixes signals from a collection of telescopes to produce images having the same angular resolution as an instrument the size of the entire collection.
Such multi-dish arrays are known as astronomical interferometers and the technique is called aperture synthesis.

Martin Ryle

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Aperture synthesis imaging was first developed at radio wavelengths by Martin Ryle and coworkers from the Radio Astronomy Group at Cambridge University.
Sir Martin Ryle (27 September 1918 – 14 October 1984) was an English radio astronomer who developed revolutionary radio telescope systems (see e.g. aperture synthesis) and used them for accurate location and imaging of weak radio sources.

Very Large Array

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For example, the Very Large Array has 27 telescopes giving 351 independent baselines at once, and can give high quality images.
Using the rail tracks that follow each of these arms—and that, at one point, intersect with U.S. Route 60 at a level crossing—and a specially designed lifting locomotive ("Hein's Trein"), the antennas can be physically relocated to a number of prepared positions, allowing aperture synthesis interferometry with up to 351 independent baselines: in essence, the array acts as a single antenna with a variable diameter.

Angular resolution

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Aperture synthesis or synthesis imaging is a type of interferometry that mixes signals from a collection of telescopes to produce images having the same angular resolution as an instrument the size of the entire collection.
In order to perform aperture synthesis imaging, a large number of telescopes are required laid out in a 2-dimensional arrangement with a dimensional precision better than a fraction (0.25x) of the required image resolution.

Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory

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The radio astronomy group in Cambridge went on to found the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory near Cambridge in the 1950s.
The Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory (MRAO) is located near Cambridge, UK and is home to a number of the largest and most advanced aperture synthesis radio telescopes in the world, including the One-Mile Telescope, 5-km Ryle Telescope, and the Arcminute Microkelvin Imager.

One-Mile Telescope

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During the late 1960s and early 1970s, as computers (such as the Titan) became capable of handling the computationally intensive Fourier transform inversions required, they used aperture synthesis to create a 'One-Mile' and later a '5 km' effective aperture using the One-Mile and Ryle telescopes, respectively.
The One-Mile Telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory (MRAO), Cambridge, UK is an array of radio telescopes (2 fixed and 1 moveable, fully steerable 60-ft-diameter parabolic reflectors operating simultaneously at 1407 MHz and 408 MHz) designed to perform aperture synthesis interferometry.

Cavendish Astrophysics Group

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Aperture synthesis imaging was first developed at radio wavelengths by Martin Ryle and coworkers from the Radio Astronomy Group at Cambridge University.

Aperture masking interferometry

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Some instruments use artificial rotation of the interferometer array instead of Earth rotation, such as in aperture masking interferometry.
Non-redundant masks consist of arrays of small holes where no two pairs of holes have the same separation vector (the same baseline – see aperture synthesis).

Ryle Telescope

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During the late 1960s and early 1970s, as computers (such as the Titan) became capable of handling the computationally intensive Fourier transform inversions required, they used aperture synthesis to create a 'One-Mile' and later a '5 km' effective aperture using the One-Mile and Ryle telescopes, respectively.
As the telescope was an east-west instrument, most imaging observations involved 12-hour observations in order to fill the synthesised aperture (calibration observations are routinely interleaved).

Interferometry

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Aperture synthesis or synthesis imaging is a type of interferometry that mixes signals from a collection of telescopes to produce images having the same angular resolution as an instrument the size of the entire collection. Aperture synthesis is also used by a type of radar system known as synthetic aperture radar, and even in optical telescopes.
An astronomical interferometer achieves high-resolution observations using the technique of aperture synthesis, mixing signals from a cluster of comparatively small telescopes rather than a single very expensive monolithic telescope.

Inverse synthetic-aperture radar

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It is analogous to conventional SAR, except that ISAR technology utilizes the movement of the target rather than the emitter to create the synthetic aperture.

Radar

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Aperture synthesis is also used by a type of radar system known as synthetic aperture radar, and even in optical telescopes.
Phased-array interferometry or aperture synthesis techniques, using an array of separate dishes that are phased into a single effective aperture, are not typical for radar applications, although they are widely used in radio astronomy.

Synthetic-aperture radar

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Aperture synthesis is also used by a type of radar system known as synthetic aperture radar, and even in optical telescopes.
If two observations of the same terrain from very similar positions are available, aperture synthesis can be performed to provide the resolution performance which would be given by a radar system with dimensions equal to the separation of the two measurements.

Beamforming

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Light field

Fourier transform

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At each separation and orientation, the lobe-pattern of the interferometer produces an output which is one component of the Fourier transform of the spatial distribution of the brightness of the observed object.

Visible-light astronomy

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Astronomical interferometers are commonly used for high-resolution optical, infrared, submillimetre and radio astronomy observations.

Infrared astronomy

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Astronomical interferometers are commonly used for high-resolution optical, infrared, submillimetre and radio astronomy observations.

Submillimetre astronomy

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Astronomical interferometers are commonly used for high-resolution optical, infrared, submillimetre and radio astronomy observations.

Amplitude

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Aperture synthesis is possible only if both the amplitude and the phase of the incoming signal are measured by each telescope.

Phase (waves)

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Aperture synthesis is possible only if both the amplitude and the phase of the incoming signal are measured by each telescope.