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9 November 1993 Low-light-level adaptive optics for a two-telescope interferometer scheme
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We study the use of a cross-correlation algorithm as a sub-aperture slope estimator in a low light-level adaptive optics scheme for a two-telescope interferometer. Using a computer simulation of a Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensor to compare the algorithm against a conventional intensity-centroid estimator, we find that the cross-correlation algorithm marginally reduces the mean-square slope-measurement error under shot-noise limited conditions and significantly reduces the error in the presence of additive noise. We compare the performance of the two estimators in a two-telescope interferometer scheme by introducing wavefront sensor noise with appropriate variance in a full adaptive optics simulation, calculating measures-of-merit appropriate to interferometric imaging such as fringe visibility and coherent energy.
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David W. Tyler, Gerard Rousset, Sergio R. Restaino, and Gary C. Loos "Low-light-level adaptive optics for a two-telescope interferometer scheme", Proc. SPIE 2029, Digital Image Recovery and Synthesis II, (9 November 1993); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.162016
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