Methods for the characterization of membrane deformable mirrors

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, No. 24, 20 August 2005, 5131-5139 M.J. Booth, T. Wilson, H.-B. Sun, T. Ota & S. Kawata

We demonstrate two methods for the characterization of deformable membrane mirrors and the training of adaptive optics systems that employ these mirrors. Neither method employs a wave-front sensor. In one case, aberrations produced by a wave-front generator are corrected by the deformable mirror by use of a rapidly converging iterative algorithm based on orthogonal deformation modes of the mirror. In the other case, a simple interferometer is used with fringe analysis and phase-unwrapping algorithms. We discuss how the choice of singular values can be used to control the pseudoinversion of the control matrix.

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