Hybrid Pyramid-Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor

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



Wavefront sensors are at the forefront of adaptive optics, a field that has seen massive interest and growth, and continues to have incredible potential. An essential element of any adaptive optics system is having an effective wavefront sensor that can identify any aberrations in the optical data collected. This is particularly important The current wavefront sensors have a tradeoff between their properties and none yet allow for all of the ideal properties to be reached. Currently, wavefront sensors are used at telescopes for military space surveillance as well as astronomical purposes.



  • Astronomical observation
  • Military surveillance 


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

Status: issued U.S. patent #11,156,503

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Contact For More Information:
Richard Weite
Senior Licensing Manager, College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
Lead Inventor(s):
Michael Hart
Charlotte Guthery