5 March 2013 Wavefront control in space with MEMS deformable mirrors
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Proceedings Volume 8617, MEMS Adaptive Optics VII; 861708 (2013) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2005685
Event: SPIE MOEMS-MEMS, 2013, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
To meet the high contrast requirement of 1 × 10−10 to image an Earth-like planet around a Sun-like star, space telescopes equipped with coronagraphs require wavefront control systems. Deformable mirrors (DMs) are a key element of a wavefront control system, as they correct for imperfections, thermal distortions, and diffraction that would otherwise corrupt the wavefront and ruin the contrast. The goal of the CubeSat Deformable Mirror technology demonstration mission is to test the ability of a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) deformable mirror to perform wavefront control on-orbit on a nanosatellite platform. In this paper, we consider two approaches for a MEMS deformable mirror technology demonstration payload that will fit within the mass, power, and volume constraints of a CubeSat: 1) a Michelson interferometer and 2) a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. We clarify the constraints on the payload based on the resources required for supporting CubeSat subsystems drawn from subsystems that we have developed for a different CubeSat flight project. We discuss results from payload lab prototypes and their utility in defining mission requirements.
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Kerri L. Cahoy, Anne D. Marinan, Benjamin Novak, Caitlin Kerr, Matthew Webber, "Wavefront control in space with MEMS deformable mirrors", Proc. SPIE 8617, MEMS Adaptive Optics VII, 861708 (5 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005685; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2005685
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