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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 1999
  • pp: 766–771

Rician distribution to describe speckle statistics in adaptive optics

Vidal F. Canales and Manuel P. Cagigal  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 5, pp. 766-771 (1999)

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Adaptive optics systems allow us to retrieve high-spatial-frequency information that is preserved in the wave fronts distorted by the atmosphere. Although wave-front correction should be as complete as possible, only partial compensation is attainable in the visible. We provide a procedure that uses the Rician distribution to predict the intensity statistics of the light at the image center as a function of the number of corrected Zernike polynomials.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes

Original Manuscript: June 8, 1998
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 1998
Published: February 10, 1999

Vidal F. Canales and Manuel P. Cagigal, "Rician distribution to describe speckle statistics in adaptive optics," Appl. Opt. 38, 766-771 (1999)

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