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Mirror Housing

Photonics.com
Jul 2016
ALPAO SASRequest Info
 
GRENOBLE, France, July 12, 2016 — Alpao SAS has announced a new deformable mirror housing for mirrors with less than 100 actuators.

Housing depth has been decreased from 80 to 18.6 mm. The engineering team optimized the system to reduce the weight of the final structure by two and a half times, resulting in a 180-g system instead of a 480-g system.

Users now have the opportunity to reduce their system size with a lighter and more compact deformable mirror for embedded adaptive optics systems.


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GLOSSARY
mirror
A smooth, highly polished surface, for reflecting light, that may be plane or curved if wanting to focus and or magnify the image formed by the mirror. The actual reflecting surface is usually a thin coating of silver or aluminum on glass.
adaptive optics
Optical components or assemblies whose performance is monitored and controlled so as to compensate for aberrations, static or dynamic perturbations such as thermal, mechanical and acoustical disturbances, or to adapt to changing conditions, needs or missions. The most familiar example is the "rubber mirror,'' whose surface shape, and thus reflective qualities, can be controlled by electromechanical means. See also active optics; phase conjugation.
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