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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 6, Iss. 9 — Apr. 24, 2000
  • pp: 175–185

A low cost adaptive optics system using a membrane mirror

C. Paterson, I. Munro, and J. C. Dainty  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 6, Issue 9, pp. 175-185 (2000)

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A low cost adaptive optics system constructed almost entirely of commercially available components is presented. The system uses a 37 actuator membrane mirror and operates at frame rates up to 800 Hz using a single processor. Numerical modelling of the membrane mirror is used to optimize parameters of the system. The dynamic performance of the system is investigated in detail using a diffractive wavefront generator based on a ferroelectric spatial light modulator. This is used to produce wavefronts with time-varying aberrations. The ability of the system to correct for Kolmogorov turbulence with different strengths and effective wind speeds is measured experimentally using the wavefront generator.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence

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Original Manuscript: April 4, 2000
Published: April 24, 2000

Carl Paterson, I. Munro, and J. Dainty, "A low cost adaptive optics system using a membrane mirror," Opt. Express 6, 175-185 (2000)

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