Zernike Polynomials and Optical Aberration

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The Zernike polynomials are commonly used in the analysis of adaptive optics systems. Annular Zernikes are particularly useful for analyzing the aberrations of telescopes with annular pupils (e.g., Cassegrain telescopes). Choose a type of aberration and a radius of the annulus to see the resulting polynomial.

Contributed by: Oleksandr Pavlyk and Jeff Bryant (March 2011)
Based on a program by: Brett Patterson
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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