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Optimizing a deformable secondary mirror for adaptive optics
Author(s): Bruce C. Bigelow; Richard G. Bingham; David D. Walker
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Paper Abstract

The design of a proposed 1-m diameter deformable secondary mirror is described, with emphasis on optimization of each component for adaptive optical correction. Finite element analyses are presented which investigate the ability of the mirror to match low-order Zernike polynomials. Wavefront data from a 1-m telescope are used to examine the ability of the mirror to fit atmospherically distorted wavefronts. Finally, mirror surface FEA results from the atmospheric wavefronts are Fourier transformed to predict pre- and post-correction image quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1994
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2201, Adaptive Optics in Astronomy, (31 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176115
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce C. Bigelow, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Richard G. Bingham, Univ. College London and Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
David D. Walker, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

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

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