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Large high-performance fast steering mirrors with FPGA-embedded controls
Author(s): Felix E. Morgan; Steven R. Wasson; Jamison J. London; Joshua V. Kern; Martin G. Smith; Rebecca Sullivan; Richard E. Owen
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Paper Abstract

The wavefront control community relies on fast and accurate subsystems for optical tilt correction. New technology enables large diameter (172 mm), optically-flat (<32 nm rms surface error), highly accurate, fast (500 Hz) steering mirrors (FSMs) with very low stabilization errors (50 nrad jitter). Applied Technology Associates (ATA) builds and tests FSMs using Silicon Carbide lightweight optics on very rigid aluminum mounts. Optical encoders provide position feedback and the mirror control algorithms are embedded in an FPGA processing architecture with fabric-based doubleprecision arithmetic capability. To characterize mirror performance, ATA integrated a performance verification system using an xPC MATLAB-based Track Loop Controller to close a 200 Hz optical loop around the FSM. This paper describes the mirror and FPGA control that enables a new level of FSM stabilization performance and presents both modeled and measured performance for the system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7466, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications VII, 74660H (11 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.829050
Show Author Affiliations
Felix E. Morgan, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Steven R. Wasson, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Jamison J. London, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Joshua V. Kern, Lab. of Atmospheric and Space Physics (United States)
Martin G. Smith, Goodrich ISR Systems (United States)
Rebecca Sullivan, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Richard E. Owen, Applied Technology Associates (United States)

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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