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MEMS- and LC-adaptive optics at the Naval Research Laboratory
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Paper Abstract

Adaptive Optics (AO) is an ensemble of techniques that aims at the remedial of the deleterious effects that the Earth's turbulent atmosphere induces on both imagery and signal gathering in real time. It has been over four decades since the first AO system was developed and tested. During this time important technological advances have changed profoundly the way that we think and develop AO systems. The use of Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) devices and Liquid Crystal Devices (LCD) has revolutionized these technologies making possible to go from very expensive, very large and power consuming systems to very compact and inexpensive systems. These changes have rendered AO systems useful and applicable in other fields ranging from medical imaging to industry. In this paper we will review the research efforts at the Naval research Laboratory (NRL) to develop AO systems based on both MEMs and LCD in order to produce more compact and light weight AO systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8373, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IV, 83730R (3 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918586
Show Author Affiliations
S. R. Restaino, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
C. C. Wilcox, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
T. Martinez, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. R. Andrews, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
F. Santiago, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
D. M. Payne, Narrascape, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8373:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IV
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut Dutta, Editor(s)

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