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Wavefront correction through image sharpness maximisation
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Paper Abstract

A key component of any adaptive optics system (AO) for the correction of wavefront aberrations, is the wavefront sensor(WFS). Many systems operate in a mode where a WFS measures the aberrations present in the incoming beam. The required corrections are determined and applied by the wavefront corrector - often a deformable mirror (DM). We wish to develop a wavefront sensor-less correcting system, as derived from the original adaptive optics system of Muller and Buffington. In this experiment we employ a method in which a correcting element with adjustable segments is driven to maximise some function of the image. We employ search algorithms to find the optimal combination of actuator voltages to maximise a certain sharpness metric. The “sharpness” is based on intensity measurements taken with a CCD camera. Results have been achieved using a Nelder-Mead variation of the Simplex algorithm. Preliminary results show that the Simplex algorithm can minimise the aberrations and restore the Airy rings of the imaged point source. Good correction is achieved within 50-100 iterations of the Simplex algorithm. The results are repeatable and so-called “blind” correction of the aberrations is achieved. The correction achieved using various sharpness algorithms laid out by Muller and Buffington are evaluated and presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5823, Opto-Ireland 2005: Imaging and Vision, (1 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.605161
Show Author Affiliations
L. P. Murray, National Univ. of Ireland/Galway (Ireland)
J. C. Dainty, National Univ. of Ireland/Galway (Ireland)
E. Daly, National Univ. of Ireland/Galway (Ireland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5823:
Opto-Ireland 2005: Imaging and Vision
Fionn D. Murtagh, Editor(s)

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