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Appl Opt. 2005 Aug 10;44(23):4953-8.

Mutual alignment errors due to wave-front aberrations in intersatellite laser communications.

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Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800, China.


We analyze mutual alignment errors due to wave-front aberrations. To solve the central obscured problem, we introduce modified Zernike polynomials, which are a set of complete orthogonal polynomials. It is found that different aberrations have different effects on mutual alignment errors. Some aberrations influence only the line of sight, while some aberrations influence both the line of sight and the intensity distributions.


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