28 October 2010 Development of a small aperture bimorph deformable mirror for a free-space optical communications system
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We describe the development of flexi-circuit addressed, high resolution small aperture Bimorph Deformable Mirror (BDM) suitable for a satellite to ground optical communications system. In the first phase, the base of an existing BDM was modified to enable integration onto a commercially available tip-tilt stage. Evaluation demonstrated that there was no reduction in performance as a result of the integration. In the current phase, a 100 element BDM with a 10mm optical aperture suitable for integration onto a bespoke tip-tilt platform has been designed and assembled. The results of initial tests are presented.
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Christophe Boulet, Christophe Boulet, Mike Griffith, Mike Griffith, L. C. Laycock, L. C. Laycock, Andrew McCarthy, Andrew McCarthy, } "Development of a small aperture bimorph deformable mirror for a free-space optical communications system", Proc. SPIE 7833, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VII, 78330D (28 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864729; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.864729
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