Kernel-phase is a recently developed paradigm that tackles the classical problem of image deconvolution, based on an interferometric point of view of image formation. Kernel-phase inherits and borrows from the notion of closure-phase, especially as it is used in the context of non-redundant Fizeau interferometry, but extends its application to pupils of arbitrary shape, for diffraction limited images. The additional calibration brought by kernel-phase boosts the resolution of conventional images and enables the detection of otherwise hidden faint features at the resolution limit and beyond, a regime often refered to as super-resolution, which for a 30-meter telescope in the near IR, this translates into a resolving power smaller than 10 mas. Kernel-phase analysis of archival space and ground based AO data leads to new discoveries and/or improved relative astrometry and photometry. The paper presents the current status of the technique and some of its recent developments and applications that lead to recommendations for super-resolution imaging with ELTs.
Date added: Thu, 17 Oct 13