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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 5178–5188

High resolution wavefront correction with photocontrolled deformable mirror

S. Bonora, D. Coburn, U. Bortolozzo, C. Dainty, and S. Residori  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 5178-5188 (2012)

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We demonstrate that a novel actuation scheme, employed in an optical control deformable mirror, can be more convenient than the conventional discrete fixed actuators approach. The Photo-Controlled Deformable Mirror (PCDM) mirror leverages consumer LCD display technology in the wavefront forming control, enabling flexible programmable configuration of the actuation geometry. This new approach simplifies the driving electronics, relaxing the per channel cost of high spatial control of the wavefront forming surface. In our experiment we tested the PCDM by applying the equivalent of 36, 76 and 201 actuators, this by just changing the light driving pattern. We demonstrated the effectiveness of this technique in a closed loop setup, which showed performances superior to the state of the art for similar DM, while providing a significant reduction in the hardware complexity.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Adaptive Optics

Original Manuscript: December 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2012
Published: February 16, 2012

S. Bonora, D. Coburn, U. Bortolozzo, C. Dainty, and S. Residori, "High resolution wavefront correction with photocontrolled deformable mirror," Opt. Express 20, 5178-5188 (2012)

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