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By J.-M. Mariotti (auth.), D. M. Alloin, J.-M. Mariotti (eds.)

A few years in the past, a true break-through occurred in observational astronomy: the un­ derstanding of the influence of atmospheric turbulence at the constitution of stellar pictures, and of how to beat this dramatic degradation. This opened a path to diffraction-limited observations with huge telescopes within the optical area. quickly, the 1st functions of this new approach resulted in a few striking astrophysical effects, either at noticeable and infrared wavelengths. but, the opportunity of interferometric observations isn't really absolutely foreseeable because the first long-baseline arrays of enormous optical telescopes are being outfitted or cOIIllnissioned right away. during this recognize a comparability with the evolution of radio-astronomy is tempting. From a scenario the place, inspite of the development of huge antennas, low angular solution used to be winning, the advent of lengthy baseline and intensely lengthy baseline interferometry and the quick studying of subtle snapshot reconstruction strategies, have caused a virtually regimen foundation excessive dynamic diversity photos with milliarcseconds answer. This, after all, has thoroughly replaced our perspectives of the radio sky.

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6) is the autocorrelation of tf;(U)P(U). 9) where S is the pupil area in wavelength squared units. 2. LONG EXPOSURE IMAGES AND FRIED'S PARAMETER The long exposure point spread function is described by the ensemble average (8 (5»). It is fairly independent of the direction (isoplanicity). 12) where (S(/») is the transfer function for long exposure images. e. as a product of the telescope transfer function times an atmosphere transfer function described by the wave coherence function Ba). According to Strehl's definition, the resolving power R of an optical system is given by the integral of its transfer function (which is the equivalent of the bandwidth in electronics).

THE GAUSSIAN APPROXIMATION A complete analytical expression can be obtained for {IS(])1 2} if we assume that 1/1(il) follows circular Gaussian statistics. This assumption is widely used in optics when dealing with ground-glass diffusers. It is a rather crude description of atmospherically degraded wavefronts since it implies very large amplitude fluctuations (scintillation) which is only occasionally observed. 16) which describes the energy transfer function as the sum of the long exposure point source energy spectrum plus a high frequency tail given by the same asymptotic expression as above.

If 88/8z is negative a parcel of air brought upward will become warmer than the surrounding air so that its upward motion will be maintained by buoyancy, producing an instability. Therefore negative Richardson numbers are always associated with unstable flows. If 8U/az is positive, buoyancy produces stability unless 8u/8z is so large that turbulence still occurs. 25 are unstable. Kolmogorov's cascade theory also applies to turbulent mixing. Large scale temperature inhomogeneities break down into smaller and smaller scale inhomogeneities, until thermal molecular dissipation dominates.

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