Development of the non-linear curvature wavefront sensor

Mala Mateen, Johanan Codona, Olivier Guyon

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The non-linear Curvature Wavefront Sensor (nlCWFS) is derived from the successful curvature wavefront sensing principle but uses a non-linear reconstruction algorithm to maintain sensitivity to low order modes. It can deliver diffraction-limited images in the visible. Use of the full spatial coherence of the pupil allows the nlCWFS (D/r0)2 gain in sensitivity, over the SHWFS, at the lowest spatial frequency. When background limited the nlCWFS sensitivity scales as D4, a combination of D2 gain due to the diffraction limit and D2 gain due to the telescope's collecting power. For a 30m telescope (TMT) with a seeing of 0.5, the nlCWFS requires 22, 500 fewer photons than the SHWFS to deliver the same wavefront measurement accuracy at the lowest spatial frequencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2017
Event5th Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2017 - Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017


Other5th Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2017
CityTenerife, Canary Islands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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