We propose the design of an optical limiter based on a microelectromechanical systems deformable mirror. The design is based on aperturing focused light reflected out of an optically driven deformable mirror, deformed in a parabolic form. We derive an expression for the reflected light intensity, and we show that the reflected light saturates as a function of back illumination light intensity.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 28, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 2008
Published: October 8, 2008
Jed Khoury, Bahareh Haji-saeed, William D. Goodhue, Charles L. Woods, and John Kierstead, "MEMS-based optical limiter," Appl. Opt. 47, 5468-5472 (2008)