Adaptive optics systems and control algorithms can be tested in the laboratory with controlled disturbances. We have a micromachined deformable mirror that we use as a programmable aberration generator. We present a method of programming the actuator amplitudes so that the wave front reflecting from the surface will simulate atmospheric turbulence. We present experimental results that show that we can simulate the Kolmogorov spatial spectrum within the constraints of the useful region of the deformable mirror.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.7060) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Turbulence
(130.0250) Integrated optics : Optoelectronics
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
Robert K. Tyson and Benjamin West Frazier, "Microelectromechanical System Programmable Aberration Generator for Adaptive Optics," Appl. Opt. 40, 2063-2067 (2001)