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Optimizing the modal index of Zernike polynomials for regulated phase screen simulation
Author(s): Akondi Vyas; M. B. Roopashree; B. Raghavendra Prasad
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Paper Abstract

Simulations of optical wavefronts propagating through the atmosphere are widely used in the design and testing of adaptive optics systems. Phase screens are defined by their spatial and temporal statistics. In many applications, a controlled production of phase is necessary. A linear combination of normalized Zernike polynomials can be used for the generation of phase screens through the computation of Zernike moments following Kolmogorov turbulence spectrum. In this paper, a technique for controlled production of normalized phase screens using a known Fried's parameter, r0 is proposed by taking the advantage of the fact that with increasing radial index (n) of Zernike polynomials, the spatial frequency increases. We arrived at an empirical relation between the index interval of Zernike polynomials and r0. At large value of 'n', there is saturation in the minimum achievable r0 value.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 773640 (28 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856816
Show Author Affiliations
Akondi Vyas, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
Indian Institute of Science (India)
M. B. Roopashree, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
B. Raghavendra Prasad, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7736:
Adaptive Optics Systems II
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Michael Hart; Norbert Hubin; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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