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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 51, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2012
  • pp: 2081–2087

Finite element modeling and testing of a deformable carbon fiber reinforced polymer mirror

Christopher C. Wilcox, Michael S. Baker, David V. Wick, Robert C. Romeo, Robert N. Martin, Brian F. Clark, Nicole L. Breivik, and Brad L. Boyce  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 12, pp. 2081-2087 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.002081


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Abstract

Thin-shelled composite mirrors have been recently proposed for use as deformable mirrors in optical systems. Large-diameter deformable composite mirrors can be used in the development of active optical zoom systems. We present the fabrication, testing, and modeling of a prototype 0.2 m diameter carbon fiber reinforced polymer mirror for use as a deformable mirror. In addition, three actuation techniques have been modeled and will be presented.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.4820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical systems
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(080.4035) Geometric optics : Mirror system design
(110.1080) Imaging systems : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: September 29, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 31, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2012
Published: April 18, 2012

Citation
Christopher C. Wilcox, Michael S. Baker, David V. Wick, Robert C. Romeo, Robert N. Martin, Brian F. Clark, Nicole L. Breivik, and Brad L. Boyce, "Finite element modeling and testing of a deformable carbon fiber reinforced polymer mirror," Appl. Opt. 51, 2081-2087 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-12-2081


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