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Use and characterization of very large devices for adaptive optics
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Paper Abstract

The cost of adaptive optics technology is dominated by the cost of current deformable mirror technology which has a range of price going from $2K to $15K per channel. Liquid crystal technology promises to be at least a couple of orders of magnitude cheaper. Liquid crystals offer other advantages such as reliability, low power consumption and with a huge technological momentum based on a wide variety of industrial applications. In this paper we present some preliminary characterizations of a new, large format liquid crystal device. Such devices have the potential for extremely high-resolution wave-front control due to the over 10,000 corrective elements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4884, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems V, (20 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.462439
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Sergio R. Restaino, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Scott W. Teare, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jonathan R. Andrews, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4884:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems V
Anton Kohnle; John D. Gonglewski, Editor(s)

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