We consider the Neumann boundary-value problem for curvature adaptive optics systems. We show that, because curvature sensors average over extended regions of the wave front, inconsistent data for the solution of the Neumann problem result when the measurements are treated as local. Because this inconsistency is generally resolved passively in the adaptive mirror itself, it can be interpreted as an uncontrolled degree of freedom of the system. We offer several procedures for treating the data in a more consistent fashion.
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(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
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Christ Ftaclas and Alex Kostinski, "Curvature Sensors, Adaptive Optics, and Neumann Boundary Conditions," Appl. Opt. 40, 435-438 (2001)