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Deformable mirrors development program at ESO
Author(s): Stefan Stroebele; Elise Vernet; Martin Brinkmann; Gerd Jakob; Paul Lilley; Mark Casali; Pierre-Yves Madec; Markus Kasper
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Paper Abstract

Over the last decade, adaptive optics has become essential in different fields of research including medicine and industrial applications. With this new need, the market of deformable mirrors has expanded a lot allowing new technologies and actuation principles to be developed. Several E-ELT instruments have identified the need for post focal deformable mirrors but with the increasing size of the telescopes the requirements on the deformable mirrors become more demanding. A simple scaling up of existing technologies from few hundred actuators to thousands of actuators will not be sufficient to satisfy the future needs of ESO. To bridge the gap between available deformable mirrors and the future needs for the E-ELT, ESO started a development program for deformable mirror technologies. The requirements and the path to get the deformable mirrors for post focal adaptive optics systems for the E-ELT is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99090O (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232536
Show Author Affiliations
Stefan Stroebele, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Elise Vernet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Martin Brinkmann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gerd Jakob, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Paul Lilley, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mark Casali, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pierre-Yves Madec, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9909:
Adaptive Optics Systems V
Enrico Marchetti; Laird M. Close; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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