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Characterization of low-mass deformable mirrors and ASIC drivers for high-contrast imaging
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Paper Abstract

The development of compact, high performance Deformable Mirrors (DMs) is one of the most important technological challenges for high-contrast imaging on space missions. Microscale Inc. has fabricated and characterized piezoelectric stack actuator deformable mirrors (PZT-DMs) and Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) drivers for direct integration. The DM-ASIC system is designed to eliminate almost all cables, enabling a very compact optical system with low mass and low power consumption. We report on the optical tests used to evaluate the performance of the DM and ASIC units. We also compare the results to the requirements for space-based high-contrast imaging of exoplanets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10400, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII, 1040011 (1 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2271500
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Camilo Mejia Prada, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Li Yao, Microscale, Inc. (United States)
Yuqian Wu, Microscale, Inc. (United States)
Lewis C. Roberts Jr., Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Chris Shelton, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Xingtao Wu, Microscale, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10400:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII
Stuart Shaklan, Editor(s)

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