Toward complex visibilities using optical interferometry: Multi-wavelength phase referencing

Thomas A. Pauls, Henrique R. Schmitt, Christopher Tycner, J. Thomas Armstrong, James A. Benson, James H. Clark, G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Robert B. Hindsley, Donald J. Hutter, Anders M. Jorgensen

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We report on experiments in multi-wavelength phase referencing using the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer (NPOI). In these experiments we use the unique capability of the NPOI to simultaneously observe 16 spectral channels covering 512-850 nm on multiple baselines simultaneously. We present observations of the well-known Be star ζ Tauri using custom filters which allow us to isolate the Hα line in a single spectral channel while the other channels observe the stellar continuum. Since the central star is unresolved, we can use the data in the continuum channels to calibrate the spectral line data. Using the phase information recovered in this way, it is possible for the first time to use standard techniques to construct simple images of the line-emitting region around the star.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Stellar Interferometry
StatePublished - 2006
EventAdvances in Stellar Interferometry - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 25 2006May 30 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6268 I
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceAdvances in Stellar Interferometry
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Be stars
  • Hα emission lines
  • Imaging
  • Optical interferometry


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