In many scientific and medical applications wavefront-sensorless adaptive optics (AO) systems are used to correct the wavefront aberration by optimizing a certain target parameter, which is nonlinear with respect to the control signal to the deformable mirror (DM). Hysteresis is the most common nonlinearity of DMs, which can be corrected if the information about the hysteresis behavior is present. We report a general approach to extract hysteresis from the nonlinear behavior of the adaptive optical system, with the illustration of a Foucault knife test, where the voltage–intensity relationship consists of both hysteresis and some memoryless nonlinearity. The hysteresis extracted here can be used for modeling and linearization of the AO system.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
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