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FPGA-accelerated adaptive optics wavefront control part II
Author(s): S. Mauch; A. Barth; J. Reger; C. Reinlein; M. Appelfelder; E. Beckert
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We present progressive work that is based on our recently developed rapid control prototyping system (RCP), designed for the implementation of high-performance adaptive optical control algorithms using a continuous de-formable mirror (DM). The RCP system, presented in 2014, is resorting to a Xilinx Kintex-7 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), placed on a self-developed PCIe card, and installed on a high-performance computer that runs a hard real-time Linux operating system. For this purpose, algorithms for the efficient evaluation of data from a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor (SHWFS) on an FPGA have been developed. The corresponding analog input and output cards are designed for exploiting the maximum possible performance while not being constrained to a specific DM and control algorithm due to the RCP approach.

In this second part of our contribution, we focus on recent results that we achieved with this novel experimental setup. By presenting results which are far superior to the former ones, we further justify the deployment of the RCP system and its required time and resources. We conducted various experiments for revealing the effective performance, i.e. the maximum manageable complexity in the controller design that may be achieved in real-time without performance losses. A detailed analysis of the hidden latencies is carried out, showing that these latencies have been drastically reduced. In addition, a series of concepts relating the evaluation of the wavefront as well as designing and synthesizing a wavefront are thoroughly investigated with the goal to overcome some of the prevalent limitations. Furthermore, principal results regarding the closed-loop performance of the low-speed dynamics of the integrated heater in a DM concept are illustrated in detail; to be combined with the piezo-electric high-speed actuators in the next step

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9343, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVII, 93430Y (3 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2079010
Show Author Affiliations
S. Mauch, Technische Univ. Ilmenau (Germany)
A. Barth, Technische Univ. Ilmenau (Germany)
J. Reger, Technische Univ. Ilmenau (Germany)
C. Reinlein, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)
M. Appelfelder, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)
E. Beckert, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9343:
Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVII
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko; Lutz Aschke; Kunihiko Washio, Editor(s)

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