Quaternary adaptive optics

Opt Express. 2019 Aug 19;27(17):24524-24537. doi: 10.1364/OE.27.024524.


We present a new Point Diffraction Interferometer (PDI). Binary adaptive optics (BAO) and Quaternary Adaptive Optics (QAO) can be performed with the help of this PDI as a wavefront sensor. The PDI interferogram, once binarized, is used in two consecutive steps to produce a quaternary mask with phase values 0, π/2, π and 3π/2. The addition of the quaternary mask compensates for the aberrated wavefront and allows us to reach a Strehl ratio of about 0.81. We have verified through computer simulations that the use of QAO depends on the number of actuators of the compensating device to achieve effective compensation. The technique was successfully validated through an experiment.