SPIE 7013, Marseille 2008


Karl-Heinz Hofmann, Matthias Heininger, Walter Jaffe, Stefan Kraus, Bruno Lopez, Florentin Millour, Dieter Schertl, Gerd Weigelt, Sebastian Wolf


MATISSE is the second-generation mid-IR interferometry instrument proposed for ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer. MATISSE will combine the beams of up to four UTs or ATs of the VLTI and will allow aperture- synthesis imaging in the L, M, and N bands with a resolution of a few milli-arcseconds. We report on detailed image reconstruction experiments with simulated MATISSE interferograms. Using model images as input for many of our simulations, we study the dependence of the reconstructions on the brightness and size of the target, the uv coverage, and several other parameters.