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MEMS devices in future astronomical telescope adaptive optics instruments
Author(s): Donald Gavel
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Paper Abstract

MEMS deformable mirrors are showing great promise for use in astronomical adaptive optics systems. Recent experiments at a Lick Observatory 1-meter telescope have demonstrated a 144 actuator device in a visible wavelength AO imager. MEMS devices with thousands of actuators could be used for high-Strehl and visible wavelength AO systems on today's large-aperture telescopes (8-10 meters) and future giant (30 meter) telescopes. In this paper we present several design concepts for multiple-mirror AO systems and discuss our efforts at the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics to develop components and test system concepts for these systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2009
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7209, MEMS Adaptive Optics III, 72090E (23 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.812084
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Donald Gavel, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7209:
MEMS Adaptive Optics III
Scot S. Olivier; Thomas G. Bifano; Joel A. Kubby, Editor(s)

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