[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 2, No. 3 (1995) 217-220]

Bayesian Estimation of Atmospherically Distorted Wavefronts Using Shack-Hartmann Sensors

Christopher J. SOLOMON,1 J. Christopher DAINTY2 and Nicholas J. WOODER2

1Physics Laboratory, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NR, U.K., 2Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London SW7 2BZ, U.K.

(Accepted February 7, 1995)

We describe an optimal solution for the modal reconstruction of wavefronts distorted by Kolmogorov turbulence. The approach is Bayesian and calculates the maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimate for the Karhunen-Loeve expansion coefficients.

Key words : adaptive optics, wavefront sensing, Bayesian estimation