Abstract

In ground-based astronomy, images of objects in outer space are acquired via ground-based telescopes. However, the imaging system is generally interfered by atmospheric turbulence, and hence images so acquired are blurred with unknown point-spread function (PSF). To restore the observed images, the wavefront of light at the telescope’s aperture is utilized to derive the PSF. A model with the Tikhonov regularization has been proposed to find the high-resolution phase gradients by solving a least-squares system. Here we propose the l1-lp (p=1, 2) model for reconstructing the phase gradients. This model can provide sharper edges in the gradients while removing noise. The minimization models can easily be solved by the Douglas–Rachford alternating direction method of a multiplier, and the convergence rate is readily established. Numerical results are given to illustrate that the model can give better phase gradients and hence a more accurate PSF. As a result, the restored images are much more accurate when compared to the traditional Tikhonov regularization model.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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