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Optimizing closed-loop adaptive optics performance using multiple control bandwidths
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Paper Abstract

The performance of a closed loop adaptive optics system may in principle be improved by selecting distinct and independently optimized control bandwidths for separate components, or modes, of the wave front distortion profile. In this paper we outline a method for synthesizing and optimizing a multi-bandwidth adaptive optics control system from performance estimates previously derived for single-bandwidth control systems operating over a range of bandwidths. Numerical results are presented for use of an atmospheric turbulence profile consisting of a single translating phase screen with Kolmogorov statistics, a Shack-Hartmann wave front sensor with 8 subapertures across the aperture of the telescope, and a continuous facesheet deformable mirror with actuators conjugate with the corners of the wave front sensor subapertures. The use of multiple control bandwidths significantly relaxes the wave front sensor noise level allowed for the adaptive optics system to operate near the performance limit imposed by fitting error. Nearly all of this reduction is already achieved through the use of a control system utilizing only two distinct bandwidths, one of which is the zero bandwidth.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1994
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2201, Adaptive Optics in Astronomy, (31 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176127
Show Author Affiliations
Brent L. Ellerbroek, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Charles Van Loan, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Nikos P. Pitsianis, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Robert J. Plemmons, Wake Forest Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2201:
Adaptive Optics in Astronomy
Mark A. Ealey; Fritz Merkle, Editor(s)

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