Thursday, April 4, 2013

1304.0803 (Michael D. Johnson et al.)

Interferometric Visibility of a Scintillating Source: Statistics at the Nyquist Limit    [PDF]

Michael D. Johnson, Carl R. Gwinn
We derive the distribution of interferometric visibility for a source exhibiting strong diffractive scintillation, with particular attention to spectral resolution at or near the Nyquist limit. We also account for arbitrary temporal averaging, intrinsic variability within the averaging time, and the possibility of spatially-extended source emission. We demonstrate that the interplay between scintillation and self-noise induces several remarkable features, such as a broad "skirt" in the visibility distribution. Our results facilitate the interpretation of interferometric observations of pulsars at meter and decimeter wavelengths.
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