Abstract

Adaptive optics has been used in a cooperative mode to measure the phase distortion of the light from a star and to correct its image with a deformable mirror. A wave-front sensor in the adaptive-optics system that measures the phase aberrations requires that an object be fairly bright for accurate performance of the measurement. The use of synthetic beacons provides a means of correcting the images of objects that are too dim to allow one to use their light to provide correction in a cooperative mode. Synthetic beacons at a finite distance do not provide a perfect correction in imaging an object at a greater distance. The error in making a correction with one or more beacons is analyzed. Analytical expressions that can be used to determine performance in a variety of geometries, with various beacon altitudes and numbers, are derived. This analysis is applied to 60-cm and 4-m systems.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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