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Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 31, Issue 5–7, pp 451–468 | Cite as

Micro-electro-mechanical deformable mirrors for aberration control in optical systems

  • Michael C. Roggemann
  • Victor M. Bright
  • Byron M. Welsh
  • William D. Cowan
  • Max Lee
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Abstract

Controlling optical aberrations is one of the enduring problems in optics. Recent advances in adaptive optics for astronomical applications have shown the promise of adaptive optics technology for controlling aberrations. Micro-electro-mechanical deformable mirrors (MEM-DMs) offer an alternative to conventional adaptive optics which, due to the inexpensive nature of MEM-DM technology, will enable a wide range of commercial and scientific applications for optical wave front control. In this paper we describe MEM-DMs, present results of modelling the performance of an MEM-DM for optical aberration control, and present results of experiments to verify that MEM-DMs can control optical aberrations.

aberration control deformable mirrors micro-electro-mechanical systems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael C. Roggemann
    • 1
  • Victor M. Bright
    • 2
  • Byron M. Welsh
    • 3
  • William D. Cowan
    • 4
  • Max Lee
    • 4
  1. 1.Michigan TechnologicalUniversity, Dept. of Electrical EngineeringHoughton
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of ColoradoBoulder
  3. 3.Mission Research Corp.Dayton
  4. 4.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringAir Force Institute of TechnologyWright-Patterson AFB

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