Adaptive optics systems allow us to retrieve high-spatial-frequency
information that is preserved in the wave fronts distorted by the
atmosphere. Although wave-front correction should be as complete as
possible, only partial compensation is attainable in the
visible. We provide a procedure that uses the Rician distribution
to predict the intensity statistics of the light at the image center as
a function of the number of corrected Zernike polynomials.
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