Software tools for optical interferometry

Nathalie D. Thureau*, Michael Ireland, John D. Monnier, Ettore Pedretti

*Corresponding author for this work

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We describe a set of general purpose utilities for visualizing and manipulating optical interferometry data stored in the FITS-based OIFITS data format. This class of routines contains code like the OiPlot navigation/visualization tool which allows the user to extract visibility, closure phase and UV-coverage information from the OIFITS files and to display the information in various ways. OiPlot also has basic data model fitting capabilities which can be used for a rapid first analysis of the scientific data. More advanced image reconstruction techniques are part of a dedicated utility. In addition, these routines allow data from multiple interferometers to be combined and used together. Part of our work also aims at developing software specific to the Michigan InfraRed Combiner (MIRC). Our experience designing a flexible and robust graphical user interfaced based on sockets using python libraries has wide applicability and this paper will discuss practicalities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Stellar Interferometry
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
Number of pages8
Volume6268 II
ISBN (Print)0819463337, 9780819463333
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAdvances in Stellar Interferometry - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 25 May 200630 May 2006


OtherAdvances in Stellar Interferometry
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Data analysis
  • Optical interferometry
  • Software


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