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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1999
  • pp: 2550–2554

Photon statistics in partially compensated wave fronts

Vidal F. Canales and Manuel P. Cagigal  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 16, Issue 10, pp. 2550-2554 (1999)

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To retrieve the high-spatial-frequency information of atmospherically distorted wave fronts, it is desirable to use an adaptive optics system with a high degree of compensation. However, in the visible only partial compensation is attainable. We analyze the photoevent statistics corresponding to wave fronts with partial compensation. It is shown that the photoevent statistics evolve from a Bose–Einstein distribution to a Laguerre distribution as the number of corrected Zernike polynomials increases. Furthermore, the photoevent statistics are also analyzed as a function of the position at the image plane.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence

Original Manuscript: April 8, 1999
Manuscript Accepted: June 21, 1999
Published: October 1, 1999

Vidal F. Canales and Manuel P. Cagigal, "Photon statistics in partially compensated wave fronts," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 2550-2554 (1999)

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