Spatial Deconvolution of IRAS Observations of Planetaries

  • George Hawkins
  • B. Zuckerman
Conference paper
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUS, volume 131)


The sizes of fifty planetaries at the four IRAS wavelengths are presented as a result of performing spatial deconvolution of survey mode data. We obtain an increase in resolving of a factor of about 2 or 3 from the normal IRAS detector sizes of 45″, 45″, 90″, and 180″ at wavelengths 12, 25, 60 and 100 microns. Most of the planetaries deconvolve at 12 and 25 microns to sizes equal to or smaller than the optical size. Some of the nebulae such as NGC 6720 and NGC 6543 show full width at half maximum at all IRAS wavelengths that are about equal to the optical size, while others give an increasing size with wavelength. The profiles of a few interesting cases are shown. The method and results should allow comparison with models for infrared emission from dust from planetary nebulae.


Point Source Full Width Half Maximum Interesting Case Mode Data 
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© International Astronomical Union 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Hawkins
    • 1
  • B. Zuckerman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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