The method of measuring the phase distribution of the multi-element cross interferometer

 

(57) Abstract:

The method of measuring the phase distribution of the multi-element cross interferometer refers to the measurement and can be used in various two-dimensional interferometers. The technical result is reduction of the RMS errors of the phase of the signal distribution on the aperture to 5-6 degrees, which significantly improves the shape of the beam cross interferometer, and this in turn reduces the error analysis of the structure of two-dimensional images of active regions on the Sun. In addition, this method dozens of times reduces the time of receipt of the phase distribution across the aperture. The method consists in the fact that analyze the image spectrum of small local source in the Sun, built in the coordinate system of the guides of the cosines, where the phase distortion in the antenna-feeder path appear parallel to the axes of the spectrum of spatial frequencies of the interferometers (East-West, North-South).

The invention relates to radio astronomy, and is intended to receive radio images of the Sun, not distorted by the phase error of the signal distribution on the aperture Dulcinea growth of side lobes.

A method of obtaining the phase distribution of the signals of the multi-element grating successive registration of the summary of responses from the two neighboring antennas for the period of the interference pattern (Krissinel B. B. "Methods of phasing and beam arrays microwave range" - In the book. "Research on Geomagnetism, Aeronomy and Solar physics"), Nauka, 1977, vol. 42, S. 142). Further in this way analyze phase responses, comparing them with the phase of the 1st harmonic of the image from the opposite shoulder cross interferometer.

The disadvantages of this method are the length of the phase distribution across the aperture (2-3 minutes for one pair of antennas), which increases the total time to 13-14 hours. This, ultimately, leads to the loss of the optimal observation time, and also use additional microwave devices for modulation of the measured pairs and locking the other antenna and a separate receiving and recording system. In addition, a known method peculiar to the presence of systematic errors due to changes of the center of gravity of the radio emission of the Sun over time (including due to changes in Solar activity).

The purpose of testoobraznogo interferometer 20 to 30 minutes, which leads to a considerable increase of efficiency of use of the tool. In addition, the proposed method does not require additional microwave devices and a separate receiving equipment, and eliminates the systematic errors associated with the change of center of gravity of the radio emission of the Sun over time.

The invention: the proposed method on the interferometer register the image of the Sun, choose it local source with the size of the order or smaller than the pattern width of the tool, get the spatial spectrum of this source, then from the spectrum get the desired phase distribution. For the implementation of the proposed method using known radio devices, namely cross-shaped interferometer with databases 623 at 623 m - Siberian solar radio telescope - ccpt (Smolikov, J. and others "Siberian solar radio telescope", In the book. "Research on Geomagnetism, Aeronomy and Solar physics"), Science, 1990, vol. 91, S. 146).

The method is implemented as follows. Register the image of the Sun, produce the selection of a local source, receive spatial spectrum of the image of the source, then use Fu the images is plotted in the coordinate system of the guides of the cosines of the direction interferometer. In this case, the phase distortion in the antenna-feeder path appear parallel to the axes of the spectrum of spatial frequencies of the interferometers ccpt (East-West, North-South). Small angular sizes of a local source is required for the spectrum of spatial frequencies of this source was present significant responses at frequencies not less than the highest spatial frequency of the interferometer. When this check is performed in the T-shaped tool mode (Grechnev centuries , crackles T. A. "the dependence of the response of the interferometer ccpt from observation conditions and parameters of the receiving system", In the book. "Research on Geomagnetism, Aeronomy and Solar physics", Novosibirsk, . Science, 1994, vol. 102, S. 232). In this mode excludes mutual influence of the opposite shoulder of the tool. In the spectrum from them there are components on the same frequency, but with different signs of the imaginary part. The duration of implementation is determined by the required signal-to-noise ratio for weak sources, respectively the reduction of measurement errors. When a 20-30 minute recording this ratio is improved by 3 times in comparison with the signal-to-noise ratio for the image obtained in one period of the interference pattern of integration of the source is equal to the product of the Fourier image of the pattern tool and the Fourier image of the image source, and the pattern is determined by the Fourier transform of the amplitude-phase distribution in the aperture of the instrument.

The effectiveness of the described method have been successfully used in obtaining two-dimensional maps on the STDB, representing a 256-element cross interferometer, operating at a frequency of 5730 MHz (Smolikov and others ). The use of this method is to reduce the mean square error of the phase of the signal distribution on the aperture to 5-6 degrees, which is equivalent to 1 mm on the bases 623 M. This, in turn, reduces the error analysis of the structure of images of active regions and flares on the Sun.

Sources of information

1. Krissinel B. B. "Methods of phasing and beam arrays microwave range" - In the book. "Research on Geomagnetism, Aeronomy and Solar physics"), Nauka, 1977, vol. 42, S. 142.

2. Grechnev centuries , crackles T. A. "the dependence of the response of the interferometer ccpt from observation conditions and parameters of the receiving system". In kN. "Research on Geomagnetism, Aeronomy and Solar physics", Novosibirsk, Science, 1994, vol. 102, S. 232.

3. Smolkov, J. and others "Siberian solar radio telescope", In the book. "Research on Geomagnetism, Aeronomy and physics is cobrasnake interferometer, characterized in that the recorded image of the Sun, choose it local source of small sizes of the order of the pattern and determine the image spectrum of this source, then from the spectrum get the phase distribution across the aperture for 20-30 min in parallel to the observations of the Sun.

 

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