AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 8 UV/Optical Universe at Ultra-High Angular Resolution
Topical Realted Poster, Monday, May 31, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Ballroom

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[8.13] Stellar Imager: Assessing the Impact of the Interstellar Medium on Sub-milliarcsecond UV Imaging

G. M. Harper (University of Colorado), Stellar Imager Vision Mission Team

Stellar Imager is a Vision mission conceived to study the nature and evolution of stellar dynamos and their impact on life in the universe. Its capabilities will include the imaging of ultraviolet transition region diagnostics at the sub-milliarcsecond level.

Here we examine some of the physical processes which affect the apparent size of ultraviolet sources as the radiation passes through the interstellar medium. We consider refraction scintillation from neutral hydrogen, along with single scattering halos from neutral hydrogen Rayleigh scattering and forward throwing dust grain scattering. Using the "thin phase screen" approximation we find that refraction scintillation produce negligible angular broadening. For low optical depths the single scattering halos have much greater angular extents than the proposed sub-milliarcsecond imaging and do not present a problem for Stellar Imager.

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