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Statistical Limits of Fourier Transform Imaging in the Gamma-ray Energy Range

Hurford, G. J. and Megeath, S. Thomas and Palmer, David and Prince, Thomas A. (1986) Statistical Limits of Fourier Transform Imaging in the Gamma-ray Energy Range. In: Technical digest : summaries of papers presented at the Quantum-Limited Imaging & Image Processing Topical Meeting, March 31-April 2, 1986, Honolulu, Hawaii. Vol.86. No.6. Optical Society of America , Washington, DC, pp. 45-48. ISBN 9780936659053.

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Recent advances in imaging techniques and position-sensitive gamma-ray detectors have made feasible hard x-ray and gamma-ray telescopes with arc-second resolution [ 1]. Above an energy of 100 keV, past instrumentation has been limited to a typical angular resolution of a few degrees. A gamma-ray imaging device with 1 arc-second resolution would be a dramatic improvement over conventional, non-imaging instrumentation and have substantial new capabilities for observation of astrophysical gamma-ray sources. The arc-second gamma-ray imager is based on the Fourier transform imaging technique [2]. We briefly describe Fourier transform imaging and its application to hard x-ray and gamma-ray imaging. This description is followed by an analysis of Fourier transform imaging in the statistics limited regime. Computer simulations and laboratory demonstrations of practical gamma-ray imaging systems are presented.

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Megeath, S. Thomas0000-0001-7629-3573
Prince, Thomas A.0000-0002-8850-3627
Additional Information:© 1986 Optical Society of America.
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