Abstract

A phase-diversity wave-front sensor has been developed and tested at the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Labs (LPARL). The sensor consists of two CCD-array focal planes that record the best-focus image of an adaptive imaging system and an image that is defocused. This information is used to generate an object-independent function that is the input to a LPARL-developed neural network algorithm known as the General Regression Neural Network (GRNN). The GRNN algorithm calculates the wave-front errors that are present in the adaptive optics system. A control algorithm uses the calculated values to correct the errors in the optical system. Simulation studies and closed-loop experimental results are presented.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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