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Merging wavefront corrective elements for adaptive optics applications: experimental results
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Paper Abstract

In most adaptive optics systems, there are two elements that control wavefront correction. These are a tip/tilt platform and a deformable mirror. The tip/tilt platform can correct the lower order aberrations like piston, tip and tilt. The deformable mirror can correct the higher order aberrations like defocus, astigmatism, etc. By mounting the deformable mirror onto the tip/tilt platform, one corrective element is now used in the system, rather than two. This is made possible by the use of a lightweight MEMS deformable mirror, as traditional deformable mirrors tend to be quite large and bulky. Other advantages are that there is less overall optics and a simpler alignment process needed with this configuration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6018, 5th International Workshop on Adaptive Optics for Industry and Medicine, 601819 (8 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669379
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher Wilcox, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Sergio Restaino, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jonathan Andrews, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Scott Teare, New Mexico Tech. (United States)
Sanjay Krishna, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Don Payne, Narrascape, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6018:
5th International Workshop on Adaptive Optics for Industry and Medicine
Wenhan Jiang, Editor(s)

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