Measuring the shape of a black hole photon ring

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General relativity predicts that gravitational lensing near black holes will produce narrow "photon rings"on images. Building on recent work of Johnson, Lupsasca et al. focusing on circular rings, I calculate the long-baseline interferometric signature of a narrow feature of arbitrary shape and intensity. The shape information is contained in the oscillation frequencies of the complex visibility as a function of baseline length, for each baseline angle. These results raise the possibility of measuring the detailed shape of a photon ring and comparing to the precise predictions of general relativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044017
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2020

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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