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Development of a small aperture bimorph deformable mirror for a free-space optical communications system
Author(s): Christophe Boulet; Mike Griffith; L. C. Laycock; Andrew McCarthy
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Paper Abstract

We describe the development of flexi-circuit addressed, high resolution small aperture Bimorph Deformable Mirror (BDM) suitable for a satellite to ground optical communications system. In the first phase, the base of an existing BDM was modified to enable integration onto a commercially available tip-tilt stage. Evaluation demonstrated that there was no reduction in performance as a result of the integration. In the current phase, a 100 element BDM with a 10mm optical aperture suitable for integration onto a bespoke tip-tilt platform has been designed and assembled. The results of initial tests are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7833, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VII, 78330D (28 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864729
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Christophe Boulet, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)
Mike Griffith, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)
L. C. Laycock, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)
Andrew McCarthy, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7833:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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