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Xinetics low-cost deformable mirrors with actuator replacement cartridges
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Paper Abstract

The cost of good, reliable deformable mirrors has made them inaccessible to the astronomical community and other would-be commercial users. Historically, the deformable mirror has cost nearly $DOL2500. per channel and comprised about 25% of the cost of an adaptive optics system. Xinetics has created a deformable mirror technology which costs less than $DOL1000. per channel including the electronic driver. In addition, the mirrors feature novel actuator cartridges which contain a simple thermal mechanism to allow simple replacement of damaged actuators. The current mirrors use piezoelectric actuators for broad temperature response and operate at 100 volts. They feature 7-mm interactuator spacing, 4- micrometers displacement, and interactuator coupling tailorable between 5 to 15%. Complete NASTRAN and Weibull analyses has been conducted to insure sufficient safety margin. The results of the 37, 97, and 349 channel mirror manufacturing efforts are reported in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2201, Adaptive Optics in Astronomy, (31 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176104
Show Author Affiliations
Mark A. Ealey, Xinetics, Inc. (United States)
John A. Wellman, Xinetics, Inc. (United States)

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

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