A deformable mirror based on internal reflection from an electrostatically deformable liquid–air interface is proposed and investigated. A differential equation describing the static behavior of such a mirror is analyzed and solved numerically. Stable closed-loop operation of an adaptive optical system with a liquid deformable mirror is demonstrated, including forming and the correction of low-order aberrations described by Zernike polynomials and the real-time correction of dynamically changing aberrations.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 18, 2008
Published: February 12, 2009
Gleb Vdovin, "Closed-loop adaptive optical system with a liquid mirror," Opt. Lett. 34, 524-526 (2009)
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