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Multifrequency synthesis algorithm based on the generalized maximum entropy method: application to 0954+658

Anisa T. Bajkova and Alexander B. Pushkarev

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 417, issue 1, pages 434-443
Published in print October 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online October 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.19280.x
Multifrequency synthesis algorithm based on the generalized maximum entropy method: application to 0954+658

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We propose the multifrequency synthesis (MFS) algorithm with the spectral correction of frequency-dependent source brightness distribution based on the maximum entropy method. In order to take into account the spectral terms of nth order in the Taylor expansion for the frequency-dependent brightness distribution, we use a generalized form of the maximum entropy method. This is suitable for the reconstruction of not only positive-definite functions, but also sign-variable functions. With the proposed algorithm, we aim to produce both an improved total intensity image and a two-dimensional spectral index distribution over the source. We also consider the problem of the frequency-dependent variation of the radio-core positions of self-absorbed active galactic nuclei, which should be taken into account in a correct MFS. The proposed MFS algorithm has first been tested on simulated data and then applied to the four-frequency synthesis imaging of the radio source 0954+658 using Very Large Baseline Array observational data obtained quasi-simultaneously at 5, 8, 15 and 22 GHz.

Keywords: methods: data analysis; techniques: high angular resolution; techniques: image processing; techniques: interferometric; galaxies: jets; galaxies: nuclei

Journal Article.  6599 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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