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17 October 1997 Investigating a Xinξtics Inc. deformable mirror
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We present a study of the operating characteristics of the Xinetics Inc. deformable mirror and the driver electronics built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for Palomar Observatory’s adaptive optics project. This mirror, the first of its type built by Xinetics Inc., contains 349 PMN actuators which control a 2 millimeter thick mirror surface coated with protected silver. Measurements are separated into static and dynamic categories. The static tests determine the unpowered figure of the mirror surface, the influence of solitary actuators on the mirror surface and how the actuators move as a function of voltage applied, including considerations of hysteresis and creep. We have been able to flatten the mirror surface to an rms value of 19 nanometers. In the dynamic tests, we have resolved the motion of individual actuators whose voltages were changed at frequencies up to 1.5 kHz. The purpose of this study is to show that this deformable mirror has specific characteristics that must be determined in order to optimize its control.
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Ben R. Oppenheimer, Dean L. Palmer, Richard G. Dekany, Anand Sivaramakrishnan, Mark A. Ealey, and Thomas R. Price "Investigating a Xinξtics Inc. deformable mirror", Proc. SPIE 3126, Adaptive Optics and Applications, (17 October 1997);


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