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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 17 — Aug. 21, 2006
  • pp: 7499–7514

Optimal Fourier control performance and speckle behavior in high-contrast imaging with adaptive optics

Lisa A. Poyneer and Bruce A. Macintosh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 17, pp. 7499-7514 (2006)

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High-contrast imaging with adaptive optics (AO) for planet detection requires a sophisticated AO control system to provide the best possible performance. We evaluate the performance improvements in terms of residual error and point-spread function intensity provided by optimal Fourier control using detailed end-to-end simulation. Intensity, however, is not the final measure of system performance. We explore image contrast through analysis and simulation results, showing that speckles caused by atmospheric errors behave very differently in a temporal fashion from speckles caused by wavefront sensor noise errors.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Adaptive Optics

Original Manuscript: March 16, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2006
Published: August 21, 2006

Lisa A. Poyneer and Bruce A. Macintosh, "Optimal Fourier control performance and speckle behavior in high-contrast imaging with adaptive optics," Opt. Express 14, 7499-7514 (2006)

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