In contrast to the conventional adaptive optics (AO) system, the wavefront sensorless (WFSless) AO system doesn’t need a WFS to measure the wavefront aberrations. It is simpler than the conventional AO in system architecture and can be applied to the complex conditions. The model-based WFSless system has a great potential in real-time correction applications because of its fast convergence. The control algorithm of the model-based WFSless system is based on an important theory result that is the linear relation between the Mean-Square Gradient (MSG) magnitude of the wavefront aberration and the second moment of the masked intensity distribution in the focal plane (also called as Masked Detector Signal-MDS). The linear dependence between MSG and MDS for the point source imaging with a CCD sensor will be discussed from theory and simulation in this paper. The theory relationship between MSG and MDS is given based on our previous work. To verify the linear relation for the point source, we set up an imaging model under atmospheric turbulence. Additionally, the value of MDS will be deviate from that of theory because of the noise of detector and further the deviation will affect the correction effect. The theory results under noise will be obtained through theoretical derivation and then the linear relation between MDS and MDS under noise will be discussed through the imaging model. Results show the linear relation between MDS and MDS under noise is also maintained well, which provides a theoretical support to applications of the model-based WFSless system.
In recent years, the wavefront sensorless adaptive optics (AO) system receives extensive research and the model-based control AO system as one of the most systems will become the most promising one. The model-based AO control system depends on a linear relationship between second moments of the wavefront gradients and masked far-field intensity distribution. Before investigating whether the model-based control algorithm has a good correction capability, the linear relationship must be verified. In order to testify the linear relationship, an adaptive optics system experiment platform is established with a 37-element deformable mirror and a CCD camera. The CCD camera measures the information of far-field intensity distribution and the Hartmann Shack gets sensor information of wavefront distribution. The linear relationship is analyzed based on above the information. Result shows that there is a linear relationship between second moments of the wavefront gradients and masked far-field intensity distribution and the slop is 0.018, which is very close to the theoretical value 1 / (4<i>π</i><sup>2</sup>).
Compared with the conventional adaptive optics (AO) system, the wavefront sensorless (WFSless) AO system need not to measure the wavefront and reconstruct it. It is simpler than the conventional AO in system architecture and can be applied to the complex conditions. Based on the analysis of principle and system model of the WFSless AO system, wavefront correction methods of the WFSless AO system were divided into two categories: model-free-based and model-based control algorithms. The WFSless AO system based on model-free-based control algorithms commonly considers the performance metric as a function of the control parameters and then uses certain control algorithm to improve the performance metric. The model-based control algorithms include modal control algorithms, nonlinear control algorithms and control algorithms based on geometrical optics. Based on the brief description of above typical control algorithms, hybrid methods combining the model-free-based control algorithm with the model-based control algorithm were generalized. Additionally, characteristics of various control algorithms were compared and analyzed. We also discussed the extensive applications of WFSless AO system in free space optical communication (FSO), retinal imaging in the human eye, confocal microscope, coherent beam combination (CBC) techniques and extended objects.