1 October 2005 Wavelength-agile telescope system with diffractive wavefront control and acousto-optic spectral filter
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Abstract
Programmable diffractive optics (PDO) based on liquid-crystal (LC) technology has been demonstrated as a wavelength-tunable technology for compensating large aberrations over limited instantaneous spectral bandwidths. Acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTFs) based on acousto-optic Bragg diffraction have been demonstrated as a wavelength-tunable technology for selecting narrow spectral bands from white light with high rejection ratios. These technologies are integrated into a telescope system that includes a conventional primary mirror utilized off axis with more than 40 waves of aberration to view a white-light-illuminated object bar chart. A high-resolution LC PDO, situated in a pupil plane, compensates for the large primary mirror aberration. The AOTF, operating in an image plane, rejects light outside a 2-nm spectral band centered about the wavelength at which the modulo λ phase profile of the PDO is defined. Wavelength-tunable narrowband imaging is achieved by synchronously tuning the PDO and AOTF over a 100-nm spectral range. Near-diffraction-limited image quality is demonstrated.
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Mark T. Gruneisen, Raymond C. Dymale, James R. Rotgé, David G. Voelz, Melinda Deramo, "Wavelength-agile telescope system with diffractive wavefront control and acousto-optic spectral filter," Optical Engineering 44(10), 103202 (1 October 2005). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.2083187 . Submission:
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