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Tests on micromirror arrays for adaptive optics
Author(s): Jan Liesener; Werner J. Hupfer; Andreas Gehner; Kotska Wallace
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Paper Abstract

Micro Mirror Arrays (MMAs) offer the potential of a high spatial and temporal resolution technology for wavefront control applications. In this paper a new Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System (MEMS) based MMA type is investigated. As opposed to most other MMA technologies which involve flip mirrors with only two possible orientations, this system can support two different mirror designs, piston-type mirrors for a continuous phase adjustment and tilt mirrors for light discarding purposes. The MMA's wavefront correction capabilities are being investigated in a breadboard which simulates continuous distortions and step errors, such as those that could be expected from lightweight primary mirrors of space telescopes or segmented mirrors, respectively. The wavefront is corrected by the MMA, then coupled into a monomode fiber. Four different correction methods have been tested, two stochastic approaches, a closed-loop Shack-Hartmann approach and an interferometric approach. Comparison of coupling efficiency is made between these approaches and against theoretical calculations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5553, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications II, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.558679
Show Author Affiliations
Jan Liesener, Institut fur Technische Optik (Germany)
Werner J. Hupfer, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Andreas Gehner, Fraunhofer-Institut fur Photonische Mikrosysteme (Germany)
Kotska Wallace, European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5553:
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications II
John D. Gonglewski; Mark T. Gruneisen; Michael K. Giles, Editor(s)

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