Date of Award
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stephen C. Cain, PhD
There is currently a lack of research into how the atmosphere effects Zernike piston. This Zernike piston is a coefficient related to the average phase delay of a wave. Usually Zernike piston can be ignored over a single aperture because it is merely a delay added to the entire wavefront. For multi-aperture interferometers though piston cannot be ignored. The statistics of Zernike piston could supplement and improve atmospheric monitoring, adaptive optics, stellar interferometers, and fringe tracking. This research will focus on developing a statistical model for Zernike piston introduced by atmospheric turbulence.
DTIC Accession Number
Garretson, Joshua J., "Zernike Piston Statistics in Turbulent Multi-Aperture Optical Systems" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 3161.