Multielement nematic liquid-crystal devices have been used by others and ourselves for closed-loop adaptive control of optical wave-front distortions. Until recently the phase retardance of available devices could be controlled rapidly in only one direction. The phase retardance of the dual-frequency device can be controlled rapidly in both directions. Understanding the dynamics of the phase retardance change is critical to the development of a high-speed control algorithm. We describe measurements and experiments leading to the closed-loop control of a multielement dual-frequency liquid-crystal adaptive optic.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 12, 2000
Revised Manuscript: January 23, 2001
Published: May 20, 2001
David Dayton, Stephen Browne, John Gonglewski, and Sergio Restaino, "Characterization and control of a multielement dual-frequency liquid-crystal device for high-speed adaptive optical wave-front correction," Appl. Opt. 40, 2345-2355 (2001)