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Evaluation of polymer membrane deformable mirrors for high peak power laser machining applications
Author(s): Justin D. Mansell; Brian G. Henderson; Gideon Robertson
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Paper Abstract

Polymer membrane deformable mirrors offer a low-cost alternative to conventional technology in a wide variety of adaptive optics or laser beam shaping applications. In this paper we evaluate the suitability of two different kinds of polymer membrane deformable mirrors for laser machining. We present results showing that a 12.5-mm diameter nitrocellulose membrane fails near 400 microns of motion. We present results from a demonstration of a high peak power beam shaping and show a new compact laser beam shaping system using a polymer membrane deformable mirror. We evaluate the effect of Q-switched laser radiation on polymer membranes at 355nm and 1060nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2010
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7816, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications VIII, 78160D (12 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862496
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Justin D. Mansell, Active Optical Systems, LLC (United States)
Brian G. Henderson, Active Optical Systems, LLC (United States)
Gideon Robertson, Active Optical Systems, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7816:
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications VIII
David C. Dayton; Troy A. Rhoadarmer; Darryl J. Sanchez, Editor(s)

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