Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series, Vol. 118, September 1996, 517-524
Resolved imaging of extra-solar planets with future 10-100 km optical interferometric arrays
Collège de France
& Observatoire de Haute Provence (CNRS), F-04870 Saint Michel
Received January 3; accepted January 30, 1996
Abstract:In the recent years, interferometric arrays of optical telescopes have reached sizes of the order of 100 m, but they have yet to produce high-resolution images. The analysis of image formation now shows that such images are theoretically obtainable directly in the recombined focal plane, if there are enough telescopes. Resolved images of extra-solar planets are in principle obtainable with 10 km ground-based arrays.
Key words: techniques: interferometric planetary systems