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.
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(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
Vidal F. Canales and Manuel P. Cagigal, "Rician Distribution to Describe Speckle Statistics in Adaptive Optics," Appl. Opt. 38, 766-771 (1999)