Spectroastrometry: A new approach to astronomy on small spatial scales

Jeremy Bailey*

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The technique of spectroastrometry (measuring the wavelength dependence of the position of an object) provides a means of studying the spatial structure of astronomical sources on scales much smaller than the seeing disk size or the diffraction limit. Despite successful demonstrations in the past, the method does not seem to be widely known. This paper describes techniques used at the Anglo-Australian Telescope to obtain such observations with standard instrumentation, and presents some examples of astronomical results on sources including binary stars and active galactic nuclei. The potential for combining spectroastrometry with interferometry to observe structure on microarcsecond scales is described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-939
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Active galactic nuclei
  • Binary stars
  • Interferometry
  • Pre-main-sequence stars
  • Spectroastrometry

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