SPECIAL SECTION ON MOEMS Micromirrors and Adaptive Optics

Experimental results of a MEMS-based adaptive optics system

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Sergio R. Restaino

Naval Research Laboratory, Remote Sensing Division code 7215 Albuquerque, 3550 Aberdeen Southeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87117

G. Charmaine Gilbreath

Naval Research Laboratory, Remote Sensing Division, code 7215, 4555 Overlook Avenue Southwest, Washington D.C. 20375

Don M. Payne

Narrascape, 3101 Hyder Street Southeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Jonathan R. Andrews

Naval Research Laboratory, Remote Sensing Division, code 7215 Albuquerque, 3550 Aberdeen Southeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87117

J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS. 4(4), 041504 (November 07, 2005). doi:10.1117/1.2120487
History: Received September 20, 2004; Revised February 07, 2005; Accepted April 21, 2005; Published November 07, 2005
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Adaptive optics techniques have been demonstrated in both laboratory and field tests, with a great level of scientific satisfaction, especially in astronomical and surveillance communities. Such successes have sparked the interest for these techniques in other fields, like biomedical imaging and industrial applications. However, to decrease complexity and costs, both very important issues for applications other than astronomical and surveillance, new technologies have to be brought to fruition. MEMS are becoming a very important player in this arena. We describe a portable adaptive optics (AO) system based on a MEM device that has been tested in both laboratory and field experiments. Results of these tests are discussed. Capabilities and shortcomings of this technology are discussed. A look at future applications and trends is given.

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Sergio R. Restaino ; G. Charmaine Gilbreath ; Don M. Payne and Jonathan R. Andrews
"Experimental results of a MEMS-based adaptive optics system", J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS. 4(4), 041504 (November 07, 2005). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2120487


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