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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2014
  • pp: 2354–2357

Maréchal condition and the effect of aberrations on Strehl intensity

Colin J. R. Sheppard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 8, pp. 2354-2357 (2014)

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The effect of aberrations on the Strehl intensity is analyzed. The aberrations are assumed to be random and normally distributed. A variety of different correlation coefficients for the aberration variation are discussed, including Gaussian correlation and Kolmogorov turbulence. For weak aberrations, the Strehl ratio is independent of the correlation function. The Strehl ratio for a given root-mean-square aberration is greater for a smaller number of correlation areas. For Kolmogorov turbulence, the Strehl ratio is lower than for Gaussian correlation.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(220.1010) Optical design and fabrication : Aberrations (global)

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: February 14, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 16, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 17, 2014
Published: April 9, 2014

Colin J. R. Sheppard, "Maréchal condition and the effect of aberrations on Strehl intensity," Opt. Lett. 39, 2354-2357 (2014)

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