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  • Vol. 67, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1977
  • pp: 375–378

Wave-front reconstruction for compensated imaging

Richard H. Hudgin  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 67, Issue 3, pp. 375-378 (1977)

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A critical component in a compensated imaging (CI) system is the wave-front sensor which measures the residual distortion of the wave front after reflecting off the active mirror. The sensor produces estimates of wave-front slopes or phase difference across the aperture. For many applications, the phase differences or slopes are not the most convenient form of data for processing or control, and they must be converted to absolute wave-front phases. This paper analyzes the conversion from phase differences to phases and derives the optimal linear estimator in terms of least noise propagation. Some remarks concerning hardware implementation are also made.

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Richard H. Hudgin, "Wave-front reconstruction for compensated imaging," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 375-378 (1977)

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  12. We note that even for a Hartmann sensor (where the light from each subaperture is imaged onto a quad cell, and x-y tilts are measured using same photons), the probability density for photon arrival for a square subaperture is of the form P(x)-ƒ(x)ƒ(y) for an unresolved target. This means that for a single photon, the x coordinate of arrival is uncorrelated with the y coordinate of arrival, so the photon noises on the two components of tilt are uncorrelated even though using the same photons. Thus the analysis applies to this case. For a round subaperture the independence is based on a ± symmetric error distribution, but again the conclusion of uncorrelated tilt errors holds.

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