26 July 2016 Deformable mirrors development program at ESO
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Abstract
Over the last decade, adaptive optics has become essential in different fields of research including medicine and industrial applications. With this new need, the market of deformable mirrors has expanded a lot allowing new technologies and actuation principles to be developed. Several E-ELT instruments have identified the need for post focal deformable mirrors but with the increasing size of the telescopes the requirements on the deformable mirrors become more demanding. A simple scaling up of existing technologies from few hundred actuators to thousands of actuators will not be sufficient to satisfy the future needs of ESO. To bridge the gap between available deformable mirrors and the future needs for the E-ELT, ESO started a development program for deformable mirror technologies. The requirements and the path to get the deformable mirrors for post focal adaptive optics systems for the E-ELT is presented.
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Stefan Stroebele, Stefan Stroebele, Elise Vernet, Elise Vernet, Martin Brinkmann, Martin Brinkmann, Gerd Jakob, Gerd Jakob, Paul Lilley, Paul Lilley, Mark Casali, Mark Casali, Pierre-Yves Madec, Pierre-Yves Madec, Markus Kasper, Markus Kasper, "Deformable mirrors development program at ESO", Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99090O (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232536; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232536
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