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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2006
  • pp: 1717–1719

Liquid deformable mirror for high-order wavefront correction

E. M. Vuelban, N. Bhattacharya, and J. J. M. Braat  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 11, pp. 1717-1719 (2006)

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We propose and demonstrate a novel liquid deformable mirror, based on electrocapillary actuation, for high-order wavefront correction. The device consists of a two-dimensional array of vertically oriented microchannels filled with two immiscible liquids, an aqueous electrolyte, and a viscous dielectric liquid, where the dielectric liquid overfills the top end of the channel and forms a thin layer on top. To remedy the poor reflectivity of pure liquids, a free-floating reflective membrane or a dye-coated liquid can be used. The proposed device offers several advantages for adaptive optics applications. These advantages include a high number of actuators, high stroke dynamic range, low power dissipation, fast response time, an initially flat surface, and low cost. However, the device is mainly suitable for dynamic wavefront correction and is limited by its orientation.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(330.4460) Vision, color, and visual optics : Ophthalmic optics and devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: February 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2006

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E. M. Vuelban, N. Bhattacharya, and J. J. M. Braat, "Liquid deformable mirror for high-order wavefront correction," Opt. Lett. 31, 1717-1719 (2006)

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