Weak objects such as stars can only be mapped with VLBI using phase-referencing techniques. Phase-reference mapping is highly sensitive to imperfect interferometer delay models, and therefore cannot generally be performed on data from MKIII correlators for source separations of more than a few minutes of arc. An AIPS task has been developed to replace the correlator model in a UV data set with the VLBA correlator model (CALC 8.0). It is mainly intended for MKIII data which was read into AIPS via the task MK3IN, but can also be used to improve the precision of phase-reference mapping of VLBA data by correcting wrong apriori geometric information. A second task can replace the atmospheric model used in the correlator with measured values and an improved mapping function.
IAU Colloq. 164: Radio Emission from Galactic and Extragalactic Compact Sources
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