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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1994–2002

Detection of phase singularities with a Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor

Mingzhou Chen, Filippus S. Roux, and Jan C. Olivier  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 7, pp. 1994-2002 (2007)

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While adaptive optical systems are able to remove moderate wavefront distortions in scintillated optical beams, phase singularities that appear in strongly scintillated beams can severely degrade the performance of such an adaptive optical system. Therefore the detection of these phase singularities is an important aspect of strong-scintillation adaptive optics. We investigate the detection of phase singularities with the aid of a Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor and show that, in spite of some systematic deficiencies inherent to the Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor, it can be used for the reliable detection of phase singularities, irrespective of their morphologies. We provide full analytical results, together with numerical simulations of the detection process.

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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
(290.5930) Scattering : Scintillation
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Ocean Optics

Original Manuscript: October 12, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 2, 2007
Published: June 13, 2007

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Mingzhou Chen, Filippus S. Roux, and Jan C. Olivier, "Detection of phase singularities with a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 1994-2002 (2007)

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