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Continuously Deformable Mirrors
Author(s): Richard H. Sawicki; William Sweatt
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Paper Abstract

Low spatial and temporal frequency correction of optical wavefronts can be achieved with continuously deformable mirrors that are being developed by the Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation (AVLIS) Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. These devices are simple in design, low in cost, require relatively few actuators, and are capable of submicron deformation control using conventional stepper motors. The technique involves bending a mirror substrate with actuators that apply variable bending moments typically around the perimeter of the mirror. The location and orientation of these actuators and the thickness variation of the substrate determine the particular static shape that will be generated and the optical distortion that it can correct. For constant-thickness substrates the deformation will generally follow a curve that can be described by a quadratic function. However, by contouring the back surface of the substrate, higher-order deformations can be generated. Among the optical aberrations that can be generated by this technique are focus, astigmatism, coma, and spherical aberration. More complex shapes and other applications are being investigated. This method may also be useful in the manufacturing of aspherical optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 1987
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0779, Electromechanical System Interaction with Optical Design, (6 October 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940476
Show Author Affiliations
Richard H. Sawicki, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)
William Sweatt, Sandia National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0779:
Electromechanical System Interaction with Optical Design
Sankaran Gowrinathan, Editor(s)

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