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Intrinsic advantages of the w component and spherical imaging for wide-field radio interferometry

Incorporating wide-field considerations in interferometric imaging is of increasing importance for next-generation radio telescopes. Compressed sensing techniques for interferometric imaging have been extended to wide fields recently, recovering images in the spherical coordinate space in which they naturally live. We review these techniques, highlighting: (i) how the effectiveness of the spread spectrum phenomenon, due to the w component inducing an increase of measurement incoherence, is enhanced when going to wide fields; and (ii) how sparsity is reduced by recovering images directly on the sphere. Both of these properties act to improve the quality of reconstructed images.

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