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Wavefront compensation using active lenses
Author(s): John W. Hardy; Edward P. Wallner
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Paper Abstract

Wavefront correctors used in astronomical telescopes today are usually zonally controllable devices such as deformable or segmented mirrors, having a large number of independently adjustable actuators. In this paper we describe an entirely different approach, using intrinsically rigid optical components such as small lenses or mirrors, which are displaced and tilted to implement the wavefront correction, each element spanning the aperture at a reduced beam diameter. Modal corrections approximating Zernike polynomials can be produced with five degrees of freedom: linear displacements along the x, y and z axes, plus rotation about the x and y axes. This approach provides a simple and efficient method for low-order wavefront compensation. In some cases the active elements may replace existing optical components.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1994
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2201, Adaptive Optics in Astronomy, (31 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176091
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John W. Hardy, Independent Consultant (United States)
Edward P. Wallner, Nautical Shareware (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2201:
Adaptive Optics in Astronomy
Mark A. Ealey; Fritz Merkle, Editor(s)

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