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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2001
  • pp: 2345–2355

Characterization and control of a multielement dual-frequency liquid-crystal device for high-speed adaptive optical wave-front correction

David Dayton, Stephen Browne, John Gonglewski, and Sergio Restaino  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 15, pp. 2345-2355 (2001)

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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

OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

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)

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