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Development of a miniaturized deformable mirror controller
Author(s): Eduardo Bendek; Dana Lynch; Eugene Pluzhnik; Ruslan Belikov; Benjamin Klamm; Elizabeth Hyde; Katherine Mumm
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Paper Abstract

High-Performance Adaptive Optics systems are rapidly spreading as useful applications in the fields of astronomy, ophthalmology, and telecommunications. This technology is critical to enable coronagraphic direct imaging of exoplanets utilized in ground-based telescopes and future space missions such as WFIRST, EXO-C, HabEx, and LUVOIR. We have developed a miniaturized Deformable Mirror controller to enable active optics on small space imaging mission. The system is based on the Boston Micromachines Corporation Kilo-DM, which is one of the most widespread DMs on the market. The system has three main components: The Deformable Mirror, the Driving Electronics, and the Mechanical and Heat management. The system is designed to be extremely compact and have lowpower consumption to enable its use not only on exoplanet missions, but also in a wide-range of applications that require precision optical systems, such as direct line-of-sight laser communications, and guidance systems. The controller is capable of handling 1,024 actuators with 220V maximum dynamic range, 16bit resolution, and 14bit accuracy, and operating at up to 1kHz frequency. The system fits in a 10x10x5cm volume, weighs less than 0.5kg, and consumes less than 8W. We have developed a turnkey solution reducing the risk for currently planned as well as future missions, lowering their cost by significantly reducing volume, weight and power consumption of the wavefront control hardware.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 990984 (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233929
Show Author Affiliations
Eduardo Bendek, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Bay Area Environmental Research Institute (United States)
Dana Lynch, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Eugene Pluzhnik, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Ruslan Belikov, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Benjamin Klamm, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Elizabeth Hyde, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Katherine Mumm, Los Altos High School (United States)


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

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