A new method for handling Zernike polynomials is presented. Owing to its efficiency, this method enables the use of Zernike polynomials as a basis for wave-front fitting in shearography systems. An excerpt of a C<sup>++</sup> class is presented to show how the polynomials are calculated and represented in computer memory.
© 1997 Optical Society of America
Hedser van Brug, "Zernike polynomials as a basis for wave-front fitting in lateral shearing interferometry," Appl. Opt. 36, 2788-2790 (1997)