## Abstract

A new technique is proposed for the recovery of optical phase from intensity information. The method is based on the decomposition of the transport-of-intensity equation into a series of Zernike polynomials. An explicit matrix formula is derived, expressing the Zernike coefficients of the phase as functions of the Zernike coefficients of the wave-front curvature inside the aperture and the Fourier coefficients of the wave-front boundary slopes. Analytical expressions are given, as well as a numerical example of the corresponding phase retrieval matrix. This work lays the basis for an effective algorithm for fast and accurate phase retrieval.

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