We discuss a new type of deformable mirror made from nanoengineered reflective layers deposited onto liquids. The surfaces are shaped by heating with a laser. The response times of the deformed surfaces are slow (>1 s). Simplicity and low cost appear to be the main advantages of thermally deformable liquid mirrors.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 12, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: October 26, 2004
Published: March 20, 2005
Long Truong, Ermanno F. Borra, Rosangela Bergamasco, Nicolas Caron, Phil Laird, and Anna Ritcey, "Nanoengineered liquid mirrors shaped by thermal fields," Appl. Opt. 44, 1595-1600 (2005)