Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 147, Number 1, November II 2000
|Page(s)||151 - 168|
|Published online||15 November 2000|
Doppler imaging from artificial data
Testing the temperature inversion from spectral-line profiles
Department of Physics, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9, Canada e-mail: rice@BrandonU.ca
2 Institut für Astronomie, Universität Wien, Türkenschanzstraße 17, A-1180 Wien, Austria e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send offprint request to: K.G. Strassmeier
Accepted: 31 August 2000
We present extensive numerical tests of our temperature-based image reconstruction code TempMap. Two test cases that represent a rapidly-rotating low-inclination star and a moderately-rotating high-inclination star are used for the forward problem. Tests are then made to recover the original input map and include data errors and input-parameter errors. The former include variations of photon noise, continuum displacement, continuum slopes, scattered light in the spectrograph, and phase gaps with and without continuum information. The input-parameter tests include the confusion in the recovery of hot versus cool spots, uncertainties of atmospheric parameters such as radial-tangential macroturbulence and gravity, and the influence of line strength and line damping. In general, we find that the geometric information is less dependent on photon noise and on input errors than the temperature information. Our test inversions also show that, at the of these test cases, no significant gain in image quality is achieved once of 300:1 is surpassed.
Key words: stars: imaging / stars: activity / line: profiles / techniques: spectroscopic
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