Abstract

We propose the linearized focal-plane technique (LIFT) and compare it to classical sensors, such as the quad-cell wavefront sensor (WFS), pyramid WFS, and Shack–Hartmann WFS. The number of modes sensed by LIFT can be tuned without any hardware modification nor degradation of low-order sensing performance. We derive an analytic model of the noise propagation law, which we validate on end-to-end simulations.

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