This paper details the design, construction, and performance of the deformable mirrors and their driving electronics built for the Chicago Adaptive Optics System (ChAOS). Both the mirrors and the drivers are constructed at the University of Chicago using a combination of commercially available and custom-built components. Mirrors ranging in size from 7 to 201 actuators have been constructed and several of these mirrors have been in use on the Apache Point 3.5-m telescope since April of 1995. I discuss some theoretical design issues involved in building deformable mirrors and demonstrate the functionality of these mirrors by presenting some images obtained with ChAOS.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific|
|State||Published - Jul 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science