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Deformable mirrors: design fundamentals for force actuation of continuous facesheets
Author(s): S. K. Ravensbergen; R. F. H. M. Hamelinck; P. C. J. N. Rosielle; M. Steinbuch
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Paper Abstract

Adaptive Optics is established as essential technology in current and future ground based (extremely) large telescopes to compensate for atmospheric turbulence. Deformable mirrors for astronomic purposes have a high number of actuators (> 10k), a relatively large stroke (> 10μm) on a small spacing (< 10mm) and a high control bandwidth (> 100Hz). The availability of piezoelectric ceramics as an actuator principle has driven the development of many adaptive deformable mirrors towards inappropriately stiff displacement actuation. This, while the use of force actuation supersedes piezos in performance and longevity while being less costly per channel by a factor of 10-20. This paper presents a model which is independent of the actuator type used for actuation of continuous facesheet deformable mirrors, to study the design parameters such as: actuator spacing & coupling, influence function, peak-valley stroke, dynamical behavior: global & local, etc. The model is validated using finite element simulations and its parameters are used to derive design fundamentals for optimization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7466, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications VII, 74660G (11 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825832
Show Author Affiliations
S. K. Ravensbergen, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)
R. F. H. M. Hamelinck, TNO Science and Industry (Netherlands)
P. C. J. N. Rosielle, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)
M. Steinbuch, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7466:
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications VII
Richard A. Carreras; Troy A. Rhoadarmer; David C. Dayton, Editor(s)

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