Abstract

Calculations of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of estimates of the power spectra of spatially varying random processes, such as stellar speckle patterns, usually include realizations that contain less than two detected photons. It is shown in this paper that if these cases are excluded from the analysis procedure either implicitly or explicitly, then under the usual definition of SNR, the overall SNR of an estimate can increase by up to a factor of N¯-<sup>½</sup>., where N¯ ≪ 1 is the average number of detected photons per realization.

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  14. The factor 0.435 on the bottom line of Eq. (21) arises from the normalization of the overall transfer function to 1.0 at the origin. Defining a normalized seeing transfer function, [Equation] Eq. (7) of Ref. 5 can be written, for r0D, [Equation] where T0(ν) is the telescope OTF and P is the area of the (unshaded) pupil. With P = πD2/4, performing the integration yields [Equation]

1978 (2)

J. C. Dainty, "Computer simulations of speckle interferometry of binary stars in the photon counting mode," Mon. Not. R. Astr. Soc., 183, 223–236 (1978).

J. J. Burke and J. B. Breckinridge, "Passive imaging through the turbulent atmosphere: Fundamental limits on the spatial frequency resolution of a rotational shearing interferometer," J. Opt. Soc. Am., 68, 67–77 (1978).

1977 (1)

1976 (1)

J. W. Goodman and J. F. Belsher, "Fundamental limitations in linear invariant restoration of atmospherically degraded images," SPIE Seminar Proc., 75, 141–154 (1976).

1974 (1)

J. C. Dainty, "The transfer function, signal-to-noise ratio and limiting magnitude in stellar speckle interferometry," Mon. Not. R. Astr. Soc., 169, 631–641 (1974).

1973 (1)

1966 (1)

Belsher, J. F.

J. W. Goodman and J. F. Belsher, "Fundamental limitations in linear invariant restoration of atmospherically degraded images," SPIE Seminar Proc., 75, 141–154 (1976).

J. W. Goodman and J. F. Belsher, "Photon limited images and their restoration," RADC-TR-76-50, March, 1976; "Precompensation and postcompensation of photon limited degraded images," RADC-TR-76-382, Dec., 1976; "Photon limitations in imaging and image restoration", RADC-TR-77-175, May 1977. All ARPA Order No. 2646 (Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, NY 13441).

Breckinridge, J. B.

Burke, J. J.

Dainty, J. C.

J. C. Dainty, "Computer simulations of speckle interferometry of binary stars in the photon counting mode," Mon. Not. R. Astr. Soc., 183, 223–236 (1978).

J. C. Dainty, "The transfer function, signal-to-noise ratio and limiting magnitude in stellar speckle interferometry," Mon. Not. R. Astr. Soc., 169, 631–641 (1974).

J. C. Dainty and A. H. Greenaway, "The signal-to-noise ratio in speckle interferometry," Proc. IAU Colloquium No. 50, "High Angular Resolution Stellar Interferometry," Maryland Aug/Sept. 1978 (available from Chatterton Astronomy Department, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia 2006, $20 (Australian) + postage).

Fried, D. L.

Goodman, J. W.

J. W. Goodman and J. F. Belsher, "Fundamental limitations in linear invariant restoration of atmospherically degraded images," SPIE Seminar Proc., 75, 141–154 (1976).

J. W. Goodman and J. F. Belsher, "Photon limited images and their restoration," RADC-TR-76-50, March, 1976; "Precompensation and postcompensation of photon limited degraded images," RADC-TR-76-382, Dec., 1976; "Photon limitations in imaging and image restoration", RADC-TR-77-175, May 1977. All ARPA Order No. 2646 (Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, NY 13441).

Greenaway, A. H.

A. H. Greenaway, "The signal-to-noise ratio in long baseline stellar interferometry," Optica Acta (in press).

J. C. Dainty and A. H. Greenaway, "The signal-to-noise ratio in speckle interferometry," Proc. IAU Colloquium No. 50, "High Angular Resolution Stellar Interferometry," Maryland Aug/Sept. 1978 (available from Chatterton Astronomy Department, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia 2006, $20 (Australian) + postage).

Korff, D.

Labeyrie, A.

A. Labeyrie, "High resolution techniques in optical astronomy," in Progress in Optics; Vol. 14, edited by E. Wolf, (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1976) p 47–87.

Miller, M. G.

Roddier, F.

F. Roddier, "Signal-to-noise ratio in speckle interferometry," in Imaging in Astronomy, AAS/SAO/OSA/SPIE Topical Meeting. Preprints paper Th C6, Boston 1975 (unpublished).

Walker, J. G.

J. G. Walker, "Optimum exposure time and filter bandwidth in speckle interferometry," (see Ref 5).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (4)

Mon. Not. R. Astr. Soc. (2)

J. C. Dainty, "The transfer function, signal-to-noise ratio and limiting magnitude in stellar speckle interferometry," Mon. Not. R. Astr. Soc., 169, 631–641 (1974).

J. C. Dainty, "Computer simulations of speckle interferometry of binary stars in the photon counting mode," Mon. Not. R. Astr. Soc., 183, 223–236 (1978).

SPIE Seminar Proc. (1)

J. W. Goodman and J. F. Belsher, "Fundamental limitations in linear invariant restoration of atmospherically degraded images," SPIE Seminar Proc., 75, 141–154 (1976).

Other (7)

J. W. Goodman and J. F. Belsher, "Photon limited images and their restoration," RADC-TR-76-50, March, 1976; "Precompensation and postcompensation of photon limited degraded images," RADC-TR-76-382, Dec., 1976; "Photon limitations in imaging and image restoration", RADC-TR-77-175, May 1977. All ARPA Order No. 2646 (Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, NY 13441).

A. Labeyrie, "High resolution techniques in optical astronomy," in Progress in Optics; Vol. 14, edited by E. Wolf, (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1976) p 47–87.

F. Roddier, "Signal-to-noise ratio in speckle interferometry," in Imaging in Astronomy, AAS/SAO/OSA/SPIE Topical Meeting. Preprints paper Th C6, Boston 1975 (unpublished).

J. G. Walker, "Optimum exposure time and filter bandwidth in speckle interferometry," (see Ref 5).

J. C. Dainty and A. H. Greenaway, "The signal-to-noise ratio in speckle interferometry," Proc. IAU Colloquium No. 50, "High Angular Resolution Stellar Interferometry," Maryland Aug/Sept. 1978 (available from Chatterton Astronomy Department, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia 2006, $20 (Australian) + postage).

A. H. Greenaway, "The signal-to-noise ratio in long baseline stellar interferometry," Optica Acta (in press).

The factor 0.435 on the bottom line of Eq. (21) arises from the normalization of the overall transfer function to 1.0 at the origin. Defining a normalized seeing transfer function, [Equation] Eq. (7) of Ref. 5 can be written, for r0D, [Equation] where T0(ν) is the telescope OTF and P is the area of the (unshaded) pupil. With P = πD2/4, performing the integration yields [Equation]

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