Novel technologies for small deformable mirrors

Mel Strachan, Richard Myers, Kevin Cooke, Joanne Hampshire, Jim Hough, Sheila Rowan, Marielle van Veggle, Katherine Kirk, David Hutson, Erman Uzgur, Shin-Sung Kim

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Adaptive optic requirements for instrumentation such as EAGLE for the European extremely large telescope present an enormous challenge to deformable mirror technology. We have developed a unique approach using fabricated arrays of multilayer actuator technology to address the requirements of actuator density and deflection. Our programme of work has uncovered a novel approach which has led to a built in test capability. We will present the outcomes of our work which we believe will lead to a compact deformable mirror.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptive Optics Systems II
EditorsBrent L. Ellerbroek, Michael Hart, Norbert Hubin, Peter L. Wizinowich
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
ISBN (Print)9780819482266
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameSPIE Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1996-756X


  • Adaptive optics
  • Deformable mirrors
  • Piezo actuator
  • Extension sensing

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Strachan, M., Myers, R., Cooke, K., Hampshire, J., Hough, J., Rowan, S., ... Kim, S-S. (2010). Novel technologies for small deformable mirrors. In B. L. Ellerbroek, M. Hart, N. Hubin, & P. L. Wizinowich (Eds.), Adaptive Optics Systems II (Vol. 7736). [773661] (SPIE Proceedings; Vol. 7736). Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.