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High-speed closed-loop dual deformable-mirror phase-diversity testbed
Author(s): James A. Georges; Pam Dorrance; Kurt Gleichman; Julie Jonik; Dean Liskow; Harold Lapprich; Vipul Naik; Stuart Parker; Rick Paxman; Matt Warmuth; Aaron Wilson; Tom Zaugg
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Paper Abstract

A proof-of-concept phase diversity (PD) wavefront sensing and control (WFS&C) testbed has been developed that displays 5/1,000 wave RMS accuracy, operates at a sample rate of 100Hz, uses the extended scene of interest in lieu of a guide star, and is comprised of all low-cost commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) parts - including the PD processor. This testbed allows closed-loop operation via a dual deformable-mirror (DM) concept where two DMs are optically conjugate to the exit pupil: one acting as an independent disturbance and the other reacting to PD WFS&C commands in order to correct the system wavefront. The use of low-cost, COTS components demonstrated the flexibility of a PD-only WFS&C approach, and additionally allowed for this system to be conceived, designed, assembled and brought to operation in approximately nine months. Automatic calibration efforts begun on this testbed have allowed for the quick discrimination of prominent PD forward-model parameters and a more rapid verification and validation (V&V) process. Also aiding the V&V process is a novel spatial-heterodyning optical interferometer that collects all information in a single snapshot and may be made synchronous with the fast PD sample rate. This demonstration proves a PD-only WFS&C subsystem capability suitable for use on a wide variety of adaptive-optics imaging systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6711, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications V, 671105 (27 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.732165
Show Author Affiliations
James A. Georges, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Pam Dorrance, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Kurt Gleichman, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Julie Jonik, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Dean Liskow, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Harold Lapprich, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Vipul Naik, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Stuart Parker, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Rick Paxman, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Matt Warmuth, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Aaron Wilson, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)
Tom Zaugg, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6711:
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications V
Richard A. Carreras; John D. Gonglewski; Troy A. Rhoadarmer, Editor(s)

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