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Using two MEMS deformable mirrors in an adaptive optics test bed for multiconjugate correction
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Paper Abstract

Adaptive optics systems have advanced considerably over the past decade and have become common tools for optical engineers. The most recent advances in adaptive optics technology have lead to significant reductions in the cost of most of the key components. Most significantly, the cost of deformable elements and wavefront sensor components have dropped to the point where multiple deformable mirrors and Shack- Hartmann array based wavefront sensor cameras can be included in a single system. Matched with the appropriate hardware and software, formidable systems can be operating in nearly any sized research laboratory. The significant advancement of MEMS deformable mirrors has made them very popular for use as the active corrective element in multi-conjugate adaptive optics systems so that, in particular for astronomical applications, this allows correction in more than one plane. The NRL compact AO system and atmospheric simulation systems has now been expanded to support Multi Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO), taking advantage of using the liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) driven aberration generators in two conjugate planes that are well separated spatially. Thus, by using two SLM based aberration generators and two separate wavefront sensors, the system can measure and apply wavefront correction with two MEMS deformable mirrors. This paper describes the multi-conjugate adaptive optics system and the testing and calibration of the system and demonstrates preliminary results with this system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7595, MEMS Adaptive Optics IV, 75950A (20 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.845919
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan R. Andrews, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Ty Martinez, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Scott W. Teare, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Sergio R. Restaino, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher C. Wilcox, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Freddie Santiago, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Don M. Payne, Narrascape, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7595:
MEMS Adaptive Optics IV
Scot S. Olivier; Thomas G. Bifano; Joel A. Kubby, Editor(s)

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