Evaluation of Phase-Diversity Techniques for Solar-Image Restoration


Phase-diversity techniques provide a novel observational method for overcoming the effects of turbulence and instrument-induced aberrations in ground-based astronomy. Two implementations of phase-diversity techniques that differ with regard to noise model, estimator, optimization algorithm, method of regularization, and treatment of edge effects are described. Reconstructions of solar granulation derived by applying these two implementations to common data sets are shown to yield nearly identical images. For both implementations, reconstructions from phase-diverse speckle data (involving multiple realizations of turbulence) are shown to be superior to those derived from conventional phase-diversity data (involving a single realization). Phase-diverse speckle reconstructions are shown to achieve near diffraction-limited resolution and are validated by internal and external consistency tests, including a comparison with a reconstruction using a well-accepted speckle-imaging method.

Astrophysical Journal