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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 22 — Oct. 30, 2006
  • pp: 10132–10138

Evaluation of a MEMS deformable mirror for an adaptive optics test bench

Brian P. Wallace, Peter J. Hampton, Colin H. Bradley, and Rodolphe Conan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 22, pp. 10132-10138 (2006)

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An adaptive optics (AO) test bed has been designed and implemented to evaluate the effectiveness of the next generation of AO components and their associated control system. The optical design presented herein incorporates a turbulence generator, tip-tilt mirror, 140-actuator micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) deformable mirror, Shack-Hartmann wave front sensor, and a science camera. This system has been operated in a closed AO loop at a 261 Hz sample rate. This paper focuses on the performance of the MEMS DM. It was examined using an interferometer to determine the influence functions, response time, and the quadratic relationship of displacement of the actuators to an applied voltage.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Adaptive Optics

Original Manuscript: July 10, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 2006
Published: October 30, 2006

Brian P. Wallace, Peter J. Hampton, Colin H. Bradley, and Rodolphe Conan, "Evaluation of a MEMS deformable mirror for an adaptive optics test bench," Opt. Express 14, 10132-10138 (2006)

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