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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2010
  • pp: G37–G46

Actuator patterns for unimorph and bimorph deformable mirrors

Sven Verpoort and Ulrich Wittrock  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 31, pp. G37-G46 (2010)

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The actuator pattern of an adaptive mirror determines the amplitudes and the fidelities of the mirror deformations that can be achieved. In this study, we analyze and compare different electrode patterns of piezoelectric unimorph deformable mirrors using a numerical finite element model. The analysis allows us to determine the optimum actuator pattern, and it is also applicable to bimorph mirrors. The model is verified by comparing its predictions with experimental results of our prototype of a novel unimorph deformable mirror.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering
(010.1285) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric correction
(220.1080) Optical design and fabrication : Active or adaptive optics

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Deformable Mirror

Original Manuscript: January 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 14, 2010
Published: June 22, 2010

Sven Verpoort and Ulrich Wittrock, "Actuator patterns for unimorph and bimorph deformable mirrors," Appl. Opt. 49, G37-G46 (2010)

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