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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2001
  • pp: 327–330

Compact adaptive optical system based on blind optimization and a micromachined membrane deformable mirror

Mark L. Plett, Pierre R. Barbier, and David W. Rush  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 3, pp. 327-330 (2001)

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We describe and demonstrate an adaptive optical system based on the combination of a micromachined membrane deformable mirror and the stochastic parallel gradient descent control algorithm. This compact and relatively inexpensive adaptive optical system is used to maximize the coupling of a distorted laser beam into a single-mode optical fiber. The coupling efficiency is improved by 12 dB, and the coupling efficiency after correction is 64% of the diffraction-limited coupling efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2000
Revised Manuscript: September 18, 2000
Published: January 20, 2001

Mark L. Plett, Pierre R. Barbier, and David W. Rush, "Compact adaptive optical system based on blind optimization and a micromachined membrane deformable mirror," Appl. Opt. 40, 327-330 (2001)

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