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Deformable mirrors: design fundamentals, key performance specifications, and parametric trades
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Paper Abstract

A wide variety of deformable mirror structures have been studied for wavefront correction since the advent of adaptive optics nearly two decades ago. These structures generally fall into two categories: (1) segmented facesheet and (2) continuous facesheet. The segmented mirror technology features independently activated mirror elements controlled in the piston, tip, and tilt modes. The continuous facesheet designs use discrete electroceramic or electrostatic displacement actuators arranged in either an axial or bimorph position to bend the continuous facesheet. In addition there are two methods of correction: (1) zonal control and (2) modal control. The basic mirror types are discussed and analyzed in terms of wavefront correction capabilities. Curve fitting characteristics are explained in terms of the optical influence function and mirror meshing functions. The continuous facesheet deformable mirror is used as a model to develop basic design equations which are used for parametric trades.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 January 1992
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1543, Active and Adaptive Optical Components, (13 January 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.51167
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Mark A. Ealey, Litton Itek Optical Systems (United States)
John A. Wellman, Litton Itek Optical Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1543:
Active and Adaptive Optical Components
Mark A. Ealey, Editor(s)

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