The Optics of Refractive Substructure
Johnson, Michael D.
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CitationJohnson, Michael D., and Ramesh Narayan. 2016. “THE OPTICS OF REFRACTIVE SUBSTRUCTURE.” The Astrophysical Journal 826 (2): 170. https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-637x/826/2/170.
AbstractNewly recognized effects of refractive scattering in the ionized interstellar medium have broad implications for very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) at extreme angular resolutions. Building upon work by Blandford & Narayan, we present a simplified, geometrical optics framework, which enables rapid, semi-analytic estimates of refractive scattering effects. We show that these estimates exactly reproduce previous results based on a more rigorous statistical formulation. We then derive new expressions for the scattering-induced fluctuations of VLBI observables such as closure phase, and we demonstrate how to calculate the fluctuations for arbitrary quantities of interest using a Monte Carlo technique.
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