Abstract

The basic concepts of optical interferometric imaging through the atmosphere at a low light level are applied to the case of the Calern High Angular Resolution Optical Network (CHARON) stellar interferometric array. The numerical simulation that was implemented to create the interferometric data is presented. The processing algorithms used to process the raw data, to extract the object parameters, and to restore the initial map are pointed out. The multiresolution approach provides an objective way of analyzing the reconstruction procedure. Reconstructed maps under different conditions of brightness and turbulence are shown and discussed. The advantages and the drawbacks of the different steps of the computer simulation are analyzed.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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