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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 1998
  • pp: 4649–4655

Membrane Mirror and Bias Electronics

Greg S. Burley, Jim R. Stilburn, and Gordon A. H. Walker  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 21, pp. 4649-4655 (1998)

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We have designed and built an electrostatically deformable membrane mirror with simple bias and driver electronics to evaluate its suitability for a curvature-sensing adaptive optics system. It has a 100-mm-diameter aluminized nitrocellulose membrane, with 31 actuators arranged concentrically. The unit operates at atmospheric pressure with a high bias voltage applied to the membrane. The high-voltage electronics are contained within the mirror housing for safety reasons. An entrance window reduces the effects of air-coupled vibration. Details of the device and design rationale are presented. With a proper bias, the unit can provide low-order (including tip–tilt) wave-front correction.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors

Greg S. Burley, Jim R. Stilburn, and Gordon A. H. Walker, "Membrane Mirror and Bias Electronics," Appl. Opt. 37, 4649-4655 (1998)

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