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  • Vol. 67, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1977
  • pp: 399–406

The membrane mirror as an adaptive optical element

Ronald P. Grosso and Martin Yellin  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 67, Issue 3, pp. 399-406 (1977)

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A membrane mirror assembly is described that has a membrane deflected by a region of electrostatic actuators, consisting of conducting pads. The procedure for fabrication of typical membranes is described and involves evaporation of the material onto a substrate in a vacuum chamber. Parametric equations, developed from basic vibration theory, are given for establishing transient and steady-state performance criteria. Experimental data, using both titanium and nickel test membranes, shows that the performance satisfies the predicted requirements.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

Ronald P. Grosso and Martin Yellin, "The membrane mirror as an adaptive optical element," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 399-406 (1977)

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  1. M. Yellin, "Using membrane mirrors in adaptive optics," SPIE Proc. 75, 97 (1976).
  2. P. M. Morse, Vibration and Sound, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948).
  3. R. J. Noll, "Dynamic Atmospheric Turbulence Corrections," SPIE Proc. 75, 39 (1976).
  4. P. M. Morse and K. U. Ingard, Theoretical Acoustics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1968), p. 194.
  5. M. J. E. Golay (private correspondence).

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