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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 2 — Jan. 23, 2006
  • pp: 509–517

Large amplitude wavefront generation and correction with membrane mirrors

Peter Kurczynski, Harold M. Dyson, and Bernard Sadoulet  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 509-517 (2006)

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Membrane mirror devices presented here are capable of large amplitude deformation for wavefront generation and correction in adaptive optics. These devices consist of micro-fabricated membranes that are actuated by an underlying electrode array and a transparent counter-electrode. Deformations of +/- 20 μm optical are demonstrated for low order deformations and 10 μm optical for high order Zernike polynomial wavefront generation. Large deformation at low voltage is enabled by the use of low stress membranes, relatively small membrane-electrode separation and the transparent counter-electrode.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(170.4460) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

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Adaptive Optics

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Peter Kurczynski, Harold M. Dyson, and Bernard Sadoulet, "Large amplitude wavefront generation and correction with membrane mirrors," Opt. Express 14, 509-517 (2006)

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