In the recent years, interferometric arrays of optical telescopes have reached sizes of the order of 100 m, but they have yet to produce high-resolution images. The analysis of image formation now shows that such images are theoretically obtainable directly in the recombined focal plane, if there are enough telescopes. Resolved images of extra-solar planets are in principle obtainable with 10 km ground-based arrays.
Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series
- Pub Date:
- September 1996
- TECHNIQUES: INTERFEROMETRIC PLANETARY SYSTEMS;
- 4 pages, 5 figures. Paper available at http://www.obs-hp.fr/www/preprints/pp92/pp92.html