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Correcting the wavefront aberration of membrane mirror based on liquid crystal spatial light modulator
Author(s): Bin Yang; Yin Wei; Xinhua Chen; Minxue Tang
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Paper Abstract

Membrane mirror with flexible polymer film substrate is a new-concept ultra lightweight mirror for space applications. Compared with traditional mirrors, membrane mirror has the advantages of lightweight, folding and deployable, low cost and etc. Due to the surface shape of flexible membrane mirror is easy to deviate from the design surface shape, it will bring wavefront aberration to the optical system. In order to solve this problem, a method of membrane mirror wavefront aberration correction based on the liquid crystal spatial light modulator (LCSLM) will be studied in this paper. The wavefront aberration correction principle of LCSLM is described and the phase modulation property of a LCSLM is measured and analyzed firstly. Then the membrane mirror wavefront aberration correction system is designed and established according to the optical properties of a membrane mirror. The LCSLM and a Hartmann-Shack sensor are used as a wavefront corrector and a wavefront detector, respectively. The detected wavefront aberration is calculated and converted into voltage value on LCSLM for the mirror wavefront aberration correction by programming in Matlab. When in experiment, the wavefront aberration of a glass plane mirror with a diameter of 70 mm is measured and corrected for verifying the feasibility of the experiment system and the correctness of the program. The PV value and RMS value of distorted wavefront are reduced and near diffraction limited optical performance is achieved. On this basis, the wavefront aberration of the aperture center Φ25 mm in a membrane mirror with a diameter of 200 mm is corrected and the errors are analyzed. It provides a means of correcting the wavefront aberration of membrane mirror.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 November 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9272, Optical Design and Testing VI, 927218 (5 November 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2071315
Show Author Affiliations
Bin Yang, Soochow Univ. (China)
Yin Wei, Soochow Univ. (China)
Xinhua Chen, Soochow Univ. (China)
Minxue Tang, Soochow Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9272:
Optical Design and Testing VI
Yongtian Wang; Chunlei Du; José Sasián; Kimio Tatsuno, Editor(s)

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