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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 1998
  • pp: 4549–4552

Phase-Compensation Experiment with a 37-Element Adaptive Optics System

Zhiben Gong, Yi Wu, Yingjian Wang, Chao Wang, Zaihong Hou, Yunkun Jiang, Wenhan Jiang, Xubin Wu, Chunhong Wang, and Hao Xian  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 21, pp. 4549-4552 (1998)

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An experimental study on phase compensation for turbulent effects with a 37-element adaptive optics system is performed in both a simulated turbulence cell and in a real atmosphere. The experimental results demonstrate that the compensated Strehl ratio S0, which is influenced mainly by the deformable-mirror fitting error, has a functional form S0 = exp[−κ(d/r0)5/3], where r0 is Fried’s coherence length and d is the average interval of the actuators on the deformable mirror. The fitting parameter κ is 0.45. Numerical simulations are also performed with the experimental parameters. The numerical results are in agreement with data obtained in the experiment, which shows that the direct-tilt phase-reconstruction method used in our four-dimensional simulation code is reasonable.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation

Zhiben Gong, Yi Wu, Yingjian Wang, Chao Wang, Zaihong Hou, Yunkun Jiang, Wenhan Jiang, Xubin Wu, Chunhong Wang, and Hao Xian, "Phase-Compensation Experiment with a 37-Element Adaptive Optics System," Appl. Opt. 37, 4549-4552 (1998)

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