We analyze mutual alignment errors due to wave-front aberrations. To solve the central obscured problem, we introduce modified Zernike polynomials, which are a set of complete orthogonal polynomials. It is found that different aberrations have different effects on mutual alignment errors. Some aberrations influence only the line of sight, while some aberrations influence both the line of sight and the intensity distributions.
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(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
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Jianfeng Sun, Liren Liu, Maojin Yun, and Lingyu Wan, "Mutual alignment errors due to wave-front aberrations in intersatellite laser communications," Appl. Opt. 44, 4953-4958 (2005)