Abstract

We describe a binary approach to adaptive wave-front correction, especially suitable for narrow band applications, which would be simpler than conventional adaptive technology. Appropriate parts of the aberrant wave front are phase retarded by half a wavelength to ensure that none of the image-forming rays add together destructively. Simulations for monochromatic light show that the residual wave-front errors, in the absence of other errors, would result in Strehl ratios of ~40% with diffraction-limited widths at visible wavelengths. We simulate the imaging performance of such a system and describe a possible implementation that uses a ferroelectric liquid-crystal spatial light modulator.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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