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Applied Optics


  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2013
  • pp: 2909–2916

Performance of a thermally deformable mirror for correction of low-order aberrations in laser beams

Marie Kasprzack, Benjamin Canuel, Fabien Cavalier, Richard Day, Eric Genin, Julien Marque, Daniel Sentenac, and Gabriele Vajente  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 12, pp. 2909-2916 (2013)

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The thermally deformable mirror is a device aiming at correcting beam-wavefront distortions for applications where classical mechanical methods are precluded by noise considerations, as in advanced gravitational wave interferometric detectors. This moderately low-cost technology can be easily implemented and controlled thanks to the good reproducibility of the actuation. By using a flexible printed circuit board technology, we demonstrate experimentally that a device of 61 actuators in thermal contact with the back surface of a high-reflective mirror is able to correct the low-order aberrations of a laser beam at 1064 nm and could be used to optimize the mode matching into Fabry–Perot cavities.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(350.6830) Other areas of optics : Thermal lensing
(110.1080) Imaging systems : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2013
Published: April 19, 2013

Marie Kasprzack, Benjamin Canuel, Fabien Cavalier, Richard Day, Eric Genin, Julien Marque, Daniel Sentenac, and Gabriele Vajente, "Performance of a thermally deformable mirror for correction of low-order aberrations in laser beams," Appl. Opt. 52, 2909-2916 (2013)

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