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Micromirror array for multiobject spectroscopy in ground-based and space telescopes
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Paper Abstract

We are developing single-crystalline silicon micromirror arrays (MMA) for future generation infrared multiobject spectroscopy (IR MOS). The micromirrors are 100μm × 200μm in size and can be tilted by electrostatic actuation yielding a tilt-angle of 20°. Arrays of 5x5 micromirrors were gold-coated and tested at below 100K. The coated and uncoated micromirrors are optically flat (peak-to-valley deformation < λ/20 for λ > 1μm) at room temperature and in cryogenic environment. Successful actuation has been done at room temperature and at temperatures below 100K. Large arrays of 200x100 micromirrors are being fabricated and an actuation scheme for extremely large arrays has been developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70182S (25 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790358
Show Author Affiliations
Severin Waldis, Univ. of Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Frederic Zamkotsian, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Patrick Lanzoni, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Wilfried Noell, Univ. of Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Nico de Rooij, Univ. of Neuchatel (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7018:
Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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