Aperture synthesis allows one to measure visibilities at very high resolutions by coupling telescopes of reasonable diameters. We consider the case where visibility amplitudes and phase are measured separately. It leads to an estimation problem where the noise model yields a nonconvex data-likelihood criterion. We show how to optimally approximate the noise model while keeping the criterion convex. This approximation has been validated both on simulations and on experimental data.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
(100.3020) Image processing : Image reconstruction-restoration
(100.3190) Image processing : Inverse problems
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
Serge Meimon, Laurent M. Mugnier, and Guy Le Besnerais, "Convex approximation to the likelihood criterion for aperture synthesis imaging," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 2348-2356 (2005)