Using communication channel equalization to remove atmospheric turbulence in star signal detection

David Shiung, Ya Yin Yang, Wen Long Chin

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In this paper, we explore the problem of removing atmospheric turbulence to obtain better images of remote sidereal star systems. The imaging process is remodeled as a transmit-receive wireless communication paradigm in a novel approach for correcting space- and time-varying blur in stellar images. In particular, the effect of starlight passing through atmospheric turbulence is modeled as multipath fading communication channels. The problem is then transformed into channel equalization in space and time domains to produce a sharp stellar image. This approach involves first estimating the center of a blurred stellar image. Next, linear regression obtains an equivalent two-dimensional channel response through decomposition of the blurred image into the weighted sum of the diffraction-limited patterns in the spatial domain. Finally, an alignment algorithm is implemented for synthesis, and a final output is generated. Experiments were performed with real field-captured images; the results revealed that this approach could be used to effectively correct image blur and obtain diffraction-limited stellar images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152903-152912
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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