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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1998
  • pp: 2759–2768

Branch point problem in adaptive optics

David L. Fried  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 15, Issue 10, pp. 2759-2768 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.15.002759


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Abstract

It is shown that when branch points are present in the phase of a turbulence-distorted optical field, the ability of an adaptive optics system that utilizes a least mean square error type of wave-front reconstructor to sense all of the turbulence-induced phase perturbations is limited. There is a portion of the turbulence-induced phase perturbation, which portion we refer to as the hidden phase, that such a least mean square error type of wave-front reconstructor will, in effect, ignore. It is shown that the presence of branch points indicates that the measured phase-difference vector field cannot be considered to be simply the gradient of some scalar potential—the phase function—but is in part also the curl of a vector potential function. A solution is developed for this vector potential, and from this a simple closed-form solution for the hidden phase is developed. Sample numerical results are presented showing the nature of the hidden phase. Suggestions are provided for a branch-point-tolerant wave-front reconstructor based on use of the closed-form solution for the hidden phase.

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(010.7060) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Turbulence

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David L. Fried, "Branch point problem in adaptive optics," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 2759-2768 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-15-10-2759

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