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Fast liquid crystal adaptive mirror for wavefront correction
Author(s): Michael H. Anderson; Loren Max Caldwell; Craig R. Scheffler
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Paper Abstract

We have designed and constructed a prototype adaptive mirror using a nematic liquid crystal as the optical phase modulating material. The mirror has 127 hexagonal elements (actuators) in a 12 mm diameter clear aperture. The liquid crystal is a dual-frequency type that can be driven both parallel to, and orthogonal to, the external driving field by changing the drive frequency. With the dual-frequency liquid crystal we have achieved 1 micron of optical phase delay with full-cycle switching times of 6 ms. The electronic driver was designed to interface with an IBM compatible PC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3760, High-Resolution Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications, (3 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.367601
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Michael H. Anderson, Meadowlark Optics (United States)
Loren Max Caldwell, Meadowlark Optics (United States)
Craig R. Scheffler, Meadowlark Optics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3760:
High-Resolution Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications
John D. Gonglewski; Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Editor(s)

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