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Closed-loop performance of an actuated deformable carbon fiber reinforced polymer mirror
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Paper Abstract

The Naval Research Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have been actively researching the use of carbon fiber reinforced polymer material as optical elements in many optical systems. Active optical elements can be used to build an optical system capable of changing is optical zoom. We have developed a two-element optical system that uses a large diameter, thin-shelled carbon fiber reinforced polymer mirror, actuated with micro-positioning motors, and a high actuator density micro-electro-mechanical deformable mirror. Combined with a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor, we have optimized this actuated carbon fiber reinforced polymer deformable mirror's surface for use with a forthcoming reflective adaptive optical zoom system. In this paper, we present the preliminary results of the carbon fiber reinforced polymer deformable mirror's surface quality and the development of the actuation of it.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8373, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IV, 83730S (3 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920193
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher C. Wilcox, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Matthew E. L. Jungwirth, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
David V. Wick, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Michael S. Baker, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Clinton G. Hobart, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Robert C. Romeo, Composite Mirror Applications, Inc. (United States)
Robert N. Martin, Composite Mirror Applications, 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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