Hybrid Pyramid-Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor

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Michael Hart
Assoc Professor, Optical Science
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Amy Phillips
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Title: Hybrid Pyramid-Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor


Invention: This invention describes a novel design for a wavefront sensor that provides high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, and linearity.  


Background:  Wavefront sensors are at the forefront of the adaptive optics field. An essential element of any adaptive optics system is having an effective wavefront sensor that can identify any aberrations in the optical data collected, but current wavefront sensors have a tradeoff between their properties and none yet allow for all of the ideal properties to be reached.



  • Astronomical observation
  • Military surveillance



  • More efficient
  • Provides high sensitivity
  • Wide dynamic range
  • Linearity


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