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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 9 — Apr. 28, 2008
  • pp: 6586–6591

Orthonormal vector polynomials in a unit circle, Part II : completing the basis set

Chunyu Zhao and James H. Burge  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 9, pp. 6586-6591 (2008)

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Zernike polynomials provide a well known, orthogonal set of scalar functions over a circular domain, and are commonly used to represent wavefront phase or surface irregularity. A related set of orthogonal functions is given here which represent vector quantities, such as mapping distortion or wavefront gradient. Previously, we have developed a basis of functions generated from gradients of Zernike polynomials. Here, we complete the basis by adding a complementary set of functions with zero divergence – those which are defined locally as a rotation or curl.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(220.4840) Optical design and fabrication : Testing

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: February 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 18, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2008
Published: April 24, 2008

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Chunyu Zhao and James H. Burge, "Orthonormal vector polynomials in a unit circle, Part II : completing the basis set," Opt. Express 16, 6586-6591 (2008)

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