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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1289–1299

Adaptive optics with advanced phase-contrast techniques. I. High-resolution wave-front sensing

Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Eric W. Justh, and Leonid A. Beresnev  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 6, pp. 1289-1299 (2001)

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High-resolution phase-contrast wave-front sensors based on phase spatial light modulators and micromirror/liquid-crystal arrays are introduced. Wave-front sensor performance is analyzed for atmospheric-turbulence-induced phase distortions described by the Kolmogorov and the Andrews models. A high-resolution phase-contrast wave-front sensor (nonlinear Zernike filter) based on an optically controlled liquid-crystal phase spatial light modulator is experimentally demonstrated. The results demonstrate high-resolution visualization of dynamically changing phase distortions within the sensor time response of ∼10 ms.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement

Original Manuscript: April 7, 2000
Revised Manuscript: November 17, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: November 17, 2000
Published: June 1, 2001

Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Eric W. Justh, and Leonid A. Beresnev, "Adaptive optics with advanced phase-contrast techniques. I. High-resolution wave-front sensing," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 1289-1299 (2001)

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