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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 26 — Dec. 26, 2005
  • pp: 10749–10753

Thermo-optically driven adaptive mirror based on thermal expansion: preparation and resolution

F. Reinert and W. Lüthy  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 26, pp. 10749-10753 (2005)

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A thermo-optically driven adaptive mirror is presented. It is based on the thermal expansion of a thin film heated with a light pattern. We describe a procedure for the preparation of a silicon elastomer with a high-quality optical surface. This material, Sylgard 184, has a high linear thermal expansion coefficient of 3.1∙10-4 K-1. Surface modulations are recorded in an interferometer. Modulations of 350 nm result at an intensity of 370 mW/cm2. The resolution is measured with a line pattern. The contrast drops to 30 % at 1.6 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm).

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(160.6840) Materials : Thermo-optical materials
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

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Felix Reinert and W. Lüthy, "Thermo-optically driven adaptive mirror based on thermal expansion: preparation and resolution," Opt. Express 13, 10749-10753 (2005)

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