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Image restoration of solar spectra


van Noort,  Michiel
Department Sun and Heliosphere, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society;

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van Noort, M. (2018). Image restoration of solar spectra. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 608: A76. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201731339.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-1C0F-1
Context. When recording spectra from the ground, atmospheric turbulence causes degradation of the spatial resolution. Aims. We present a data reduction method that restores the spatial resolution of the spectra to their undegraded state. Methods. By assuming that the point spread function (PSF) estimated from a strictly synchronized, broadband slit-jaw camera is the same as the PSF that spatially degraded the spectra, we can quantify what linear combination of undegraded spectra is present in each degraded data point. Results. The set of equations obtained in this way is found to be generally well-conditioned and sufficiently diagonal to be solved using an iterative linear solver. The resulting solution has regained a spatial resolution comparable to that of the restored slit-jaw images. Conclusions. We have developed a new image restoration method for the restoration of ground-based spectral data over a large field of view. The method builds on the PSF information recovered by the MOMFBD code and typically reaches a spatial resolution comparable to that of the broadband slit-jaw images used to recover the PSF.