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Piezoelectric deformable mirror based on monolithic PVDF membranes
Author(s): Greg A. Finney; Kevin Spradley; Brandon Farmer; Lensey Smith; Brian Patrick
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Paper Abstract

Deformable mirrors using polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes in a bimorph configuration have been previously investigated. Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, in partnership with Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. and NeXolve, Inc., have been evaluating the utility of unimorph PVDF films for fabrication of deformable mirrors. Actuation using a unimorph film is achieved by creating a gradient in the piezoelectric response of the film through a proprietary process. This eliminates the requirement to bond multiple films and improves the optical quality of the films. To assist in the development and design of the films, a multiphysics design tool has been developed by tightly integrating several commercial software packages. This tool has then been used to model the performance of the films and extract significant material parameters. This paper reports on the initial modeling results and characterization of this novel material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8126, Optical Manufacturing and Testing IX, 812609 (26 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894289
Show Author Affiliations
Greg A. Finney, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc. (United States)
Kevin Spradley, Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Brandon Farmer, NeXolve Corp. (United States)
Lensey Smith, NeXolve Corp. (United States)
Brian Patrick, NeXolve Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8126:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing IX
James H. Burge; Oliver W. Fähnle; Ray Williamson, Editor(s)

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