Super-Resolution from Noisy Data

Emmanuel J. Candès, Carlos Fernandez-Granda

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This paper studies the recovery of a superposition of point sources from noisy bandlimited data. In the fewest possible words, we only have information about the spectrum of an object in the low-frequency band [-flo,flo] and seek to obtain a higher resolution estimate by extrapolating the spectrum up to a frequency fhi>flo. We show that as long as the sources are separated by 2/flo, solving a simple convex program produces a stable estimate in the sense that the approximation error between the higher-resolution reconstruction and the truth is proportional to the noise level times the square of the super-resolution factor (SRF) fhi/flo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1229-1254
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Fourier Analysis and Applications
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Basis mismatch
  • Deconvolution
  • Line spectra estimation
  • Sparsity
  • Stable signal recovery
  • Super-resolution factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • General Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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