Abstract

The standard adaptive optics system can be viewed as a sampled-data feedback system with a continuous-time disturbance (the incident wavefront from the observed object) and discrete-time measurement noise. A common measure of the performance of adaptive optics systems is the time average of the pupil variance of the residual wavefront. This performance can be related to that of a discrete-time system obtained by lifting the incident and residual wavefronts. The corresponding discrete-time model is derived, and the computation of the adaptive optics system residual variance is based on that model. The predicted variance of a single mode of an adaptive optics system is shown to be the same as that obtained via simulation (as expected). The discrete-time prediction is also shown to be superior to a continuous-time approximation of the adaptive optics system.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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