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A Novel Basis for Membrane Adaptive Optics: The Clamped Zernike Radial Polynomials

[+] Author Affiliations
Eric J. Ruggiero

GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY

Daniel J. Inman

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Dan K. Marker

Air Force Research Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM

Paper No. IMECE2007-41187, pp. 41-53; 13 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2007-41187
From:
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Mechanics of Solids and Structures, Parts A and B
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4304-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME

abstract

The future of adaptive optics relies heavily on the development of membranous optical lenses. Large, deformable mirrors offer clear advantages over their glass counterparts: flexibility, low density, and minimal actuation for optical aberration correction. This paper develops a novel set of polynomials to describe incoming wavefront aberrations that is amiable to a membrane mirror’s mode shapes. The novel basis, named the clamped Zernike radial polynomials, conveniently delineates the image correction into four distinct actuation categories feasible with membrane optics.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME

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