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Optimized centroid computing in a Shack-Hartmann sensor
Author(s): Sandrine Thomas
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Paper Abstract

The wavefront-sensor is one of the most important components of any adaptive optics (AO) system. The simplicity of the Shack-Hartmann sensor has made it a popular choice for such systems. Its accuracy, which largely determines its performance depends on having a good and robust centroid algorithm. Despite a large number of studies, the general recipe for selecting the best centroiding algorithm and best pixel size in a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor is still lacking. We combine analytical theory with numerical simulations to compare various flavors of centroiding algorithms (thresholding, windowing, correlation, quad-cell) under different conditions of photon flux, read-out noise, and sampling. It is shown that the choice of the best method depends on those parameters. At very low signal to noise ratio, the performance of the quad-cell is close to optimum.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550055
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Sandrine Thomas, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5490:
Advancements in Adaptive Optics
Domenico Bonaccini Calia; Brent L. Ellerbroek; Roberto Ragazzoni, Editor(s)

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