A new class of optimal wave-front estimators for adaptive-optics systems that minimize time-delay errors that are due to atmospheric winds is developed. These matrices utilize the past time history of the servo system by means of temporal Kolmogorov cross-covariance matrices. Except in the simplest case, a nonlinear matrix equation must be iteratively solved. Strehl ratio performance for selected estimators is given.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 14, 1996
Published: September 15, 1996
Walter J. Wild, "Predictive optimal estimators for adaptive-optics systems," Opt. Lett. 21, 1433-1435 (1996)