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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2011
  • pp: 4383–4385

Utility transforms of optical fields employing deformable mirror

Feiling Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 22, pp. 4383-4385 (2011)

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Diffraction optical devices of modest degrees of freedom (DOF), such as deformable mirrors, have not been exploited as general-purpose transformers of optical fields. Described in this Letter is a method that guides deformable mirrors to optimal surfaces allowed by the DOF for various desirable outcomes. The method is based on a modal optimization procedure with the help of Walsh functions in controlling the variables of the mirrors, i.e. the actuators. It is shown that a deformable mirror of modest DOF can provide field transformations for arbitrary beam-splitting, formation of ring-shaped beams, and coherent beam combining.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(140.3298) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam combining
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: June 24, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 3, 2011
Published: November 15, 2011

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Feiling Wang, "Utility transforms of optical fields employing deformable mirror," Opt. Lett. 36, 4383-4385 (2011)

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