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Development of adaptive optical segments with integrated wavefront sensing
Author(s): Steven C. Fawcett
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Paper Abstract

A novel adaptive optical system is being developed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). The system is based on the idea of integrating the wave front sensor into the mirror of a segmented system. This approach provides a self contained, adaptive optic which can accurately measure and correct for the localized tilt of the incoming wave front. The mirror components contain the sensing elements, the actuators and potentially some of the reconstruction processing. These segments have a hexagonal shape and will be used to form a segmented, adaptive optic, mirror. The potential mission for this type of mirror is in the form of the primary of a 12 meter class beam expander to direct laser energy through the atmosphere. This energy can then be utilized to power orbital transfer vehicles, charge depleted batteries on satellites during solar eclipse or other future space missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1920, Active and Adaptive Optical Components and Systems II, (25 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.152665
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Steven C. Fawcett, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1920:
Active and Adaptive Optical Components and Systems II
Mark A. Ealey, Editor(s)

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