Multitiered wavefront sensor using binary optics

Daniel R. Neal, Mial E. Warren, James K. Gruetzner, Tony G. Smith, R. R. Rosenthal, Thomas S. McKechnie

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Wavefront sensors have been used to make measurements in fluid-dynamics and for closed loop control of adaptive optics. In most common Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors, the light is broken up into series of rectangular or hexagonal apertures that divide the light into a series of focal spots. The position of these focal spots is used to determine the wavefront slopes over each subaperture. Using binary optics technology, we have developed a hierarchical or fractal wavefront sensor that divides the subapertures up on a more optimal fashion. We have demonstrated this concept for up to four tiers and developed the wavefront reconstruction methods for both segmented adaptive optics and continuous wavefront measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsMark A. Ealey, Fritz Merkle
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventAdaptive Optics in Astronomy - Kailua, HI, USA
Duration: Mar 17 1994Mar 18 1994

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherAdaptive Optics in Astronomy
CityKailua, HI, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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