Orthonormal vector polynomials in a unit circle, Part II: Completing the basis set

Chunyu Zhao, James H. Burge

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Abstract

Zernike polynomials provide a well known, orthogonal set of scalar functions over a circular domain, and are commonly used to represent wavefront phase or surface irregularity. A related set of orthogonal functions is given here which represent vector quantities, such as mapping distortion or wavefront gradient. Previously, we have developed a basis of functions generated from gradients of Zernike polynomials. Here, we complete the basis by adding a complementary set of functions with zero divergence - those which are defined locally as a rotation or curl.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6586-6591
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Express
Volume16
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 28 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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