Wavefront sensor and wavefront corrector matching in adaptive optics.

Alfredo Dubra // Publications // Mar 19 2007

PubMed ID: 19532513

Author(s): Dubra A. Wavefront sensor and wavefront corrector matching in adaptive optics. Opt Express. 2007 Mar 19;15(6):2762-9. PMID 19532513

Journal: Optics Express, Volume 15, Issue 6, Mar 2007

Matching wavefront correctors and wavefront sensors by minimizing the condition number and mean wavefront variance is proposed. The particular cases of two continuous-sheet deformable mirrors and a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor with square packing geometry are studied in the presence of photon noise, background noise and electronics noise. Optimal number of lenslets across each actuator are obtained for both deformable mirrors, and a simple experimental procedure for optimal alignment is described. The results show that high-performance adaptive optics can be achieved even with low cost off-the-shelf Shack-Hartmann arrays with lenslet spacing that do not necessarily match those of the wavefront correcting elements.