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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2008
  • pp: 3513–3523

Imaging x-ray sources at a finite distance in coded-mask instruments

Immacolata Donnarumma, Luigi Pacciani, Igor Lapshov, and Yuri Evangelista  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 19, pp. 3513-3523 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.47.003513


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Abstract

We present a method for the correction of beam divergence in finite distance sources imaging through coded-mask instruments. We discuss the defocusing artifacts induced by the finite distance showing two different approaches to remove such spurious effects. We applied our method to one-dimensional (1D) coded-mask systems, although it is also applicable in two-dimensional systems. We provide a detailed mathematical description of the adopted method and of the systematics introduced in the reconstructed image (e.g., the fraction of source flux collected in the reconstructed peak counts). The accuracy of this method was tested by simulating pointlike and extended sources at a finite distance with the instrumental setup of the SuperAGILE experiment, the 1D coded-mask x-ray imager onboard the AGILE (Astro-rivelatore Gamma a Immagini Leggero) mission. We obtained reconstructed images of good quality and high source location accuracy. Finally we show the results obtained by applying this method to real data collected during the calibration campaign of SuperAGILE. Our method was demonstrated to be a powerful tool to investigate the imaging response of the experiment, particularly the absorption due to the materials intercepting the line of sight of the instrument and the conversion between detector pixel and sky direction.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(340.7430) X-ray optics : X-ray coded apertures
(110.3010) Imaging systems : Image reconstruction techniques

ToC Category:
X-ray Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 3, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 23, 2008
Published: June 26, 2008

Citation
Immacolata Donnarumma, Luigi Pacciani, Igor Lapshov, and Yuri Evangelista, "Imaging x-ray sources at a finite distance in coded-mask instruments," Appl. Opt. 47, 3513-3523 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-47-19-3513

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