We describe a protocol for the use of a control feedback loop incorporating an iterative optimization routine for a range of time-independent adaptive optics applications. These applications are characterized by the quasi steady state of the aberrative effects () and contrast, for instance, to astronomical applications where the aberrations constantly vary at frequencies above . For optimal performance in such time-independent applications, the control systems typically require specialized tailoring. A typical example of two different types of time-independent adaptive optics applications—an adaptive optic microscope and an adaptive optic laser platform—are detailed and compared. It is shown that implementing a number of minor, but crucial, application-specific modifications to the control system results in an improved efficiency of an already extremely successful technique for aberration compensation. We present a description of the crucial parameters to consider in a search-based adaptive optics system.
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