Coherent optical adaptive techniques (COAT) offer promise for overcoming the deleterious effects of phase distortions experienced by optical beams propagating through distorting optics or via a turbulent and absorbing atmosphere. The theory of four classes of such systems, which employ similar multidither principles, is explored. Many modes of operating these systems are briefly reviewed and a detailed analysis of the most widely employed—a glint referencing system with sinusoidal dithers—is developed. A servo signal-to-noise analysis indicates how the optimum choice of dither magnitude depends on the system noise.
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