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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 22 — Oct. 24, 2011
  • pp: 21271–21294

Fast iterative algorithm (FIA) for controlling MEMS deformable mirrors: principle and laboratory demonstration

Célia Blain, Olivier Guyon, Colin Bradley, and Olivier Lardière  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 22, pp. 21271-21294 (2011)

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We present a fast and high accuracy iterative algorithm to control Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System (MEMS) deformable mirrors (DMs) for open-loop (OL) adaptive optics (AO) applications. Our approach relies on a simple physical model for the forces applied on DM actuators and membrane, defined by a small number of parameters that we measure in an experimental setup. The algorithm iteratively applies forces and updates actuator displacements, allowing real-time utilization in an Extreme-AO system (control rate ⩾ Khz). Our measurements show that it reproduces Kolmogorov type phase screens with an error equal to 7.3% of the rms of the desired phase (1.6% of the peak-to-valley of the desired phase). This performance corresponds to an improvement of a factor three compared to the standard quadratic model (common relation between voltage and actuator displacement). Originally developed for the DM control of the Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme-AO (SCExAO) project, the algorithm is also suitable for Multi-Object AO systems.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(010.1285) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric correction
(230.4685) Optical devices : Optical microelectromechanical devices

ToC Category:
Adaptive Optics

Original Manuscript: May 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 9, 2011
Published: October 12, 2011

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Célia Blain, Olivier Guyon, Colin Bradley, and Olivier Lardière, "Fast iterative algorithm (FIA) for controlling MEMS deformable mirrors: principle and laboratory demonstration," Opt. Express 19, 21271-21294 (2011)

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