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Experimental demonstration of using microelectromechanical deformable mirrors to control optical aberrations
Author(s): Michael C. Roggemann; Victor M. Bright; Byron M. Welsh; Shaun R. Hick; Peter C. Roberts; William D. Cowan; John H. Comtois
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Paper Abstract

Micro-electro-mechanical deformable mirrors (MEM-DM) are solid state electronic devices with small, movable reflective surface elements which can be used to manipulate the phase of optical wave fronts. MEM-DMs differ from conventional continuous facesheet deformable mirrors in that the movable surface of a MEM-DM consists of a set of segmented moving surfaces. The segmented, reflective surfaces of a MEM-DM give rise to larger diffraction effects than those provided by continous facesheet deformable mirrors. However, MEM-DMs are still attractive due to their low cost and the low drive voltages. In this paper we present laboratory results demonstrating reduction of a fixed aberration using a MEM-DM device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 October 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3126, Adaptive Optics and Applications, (17 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279038
Show Author Affiliations
Michael C. Roggemann, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Victor M. Bright, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Byron M. Welsh, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Shaun R. Hick, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Peter C. Roberts, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
William D. Cowan, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
John H. Comtois, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3126:
Adaptive Optics and Applications
Robert K. Tyson; Robert Q. Fugate, Editor(s)

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