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High-resolution adaptive mirror

English title High-resolution adaptive mirror
Applicant Lüthy Willy
Number 109262
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Institut für angewandte Physik Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Condensed Matter Physics
Start/End 01.10.2005 - 30.09.2007
Approved amount 172'576.00
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Keywords (6)

physik der kondensierten Materie; Optik; adaptive optik; laserphysik; thermal expansion; thermal dispersion

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
During the former SNSF project 200020-101638 we have demonstrated the feasibility of thermally driven adaptive mirrors based on both, thermal expansion and thermal dispersion. Both mechanisms have proven to work and have shown spatial resolutions in the mm range and temporal resolution in the range of seconds. The results are extremely encouraging and generate curiosity to find out more about the limits. In this project the thermal pattern will not be generated with a fixed mask, but by imaging a picture generated in a standard PC program such as CorelDraw or PowerPoint onto the active layer of the mirror with the aid of a beamer. First the optimisation of the adaptive mirror in view of spatial and temporal resolution will be investigated. This especially includes the search for optimal materials and optimal cell construction for both, mirrors based on thermal expansion and mirrors based on thermal dispersion. The properties of the two approaches will be characterized and the system with the best performance will be used in the second part of the project. Then, the chosen system will be used to simulate optical elements in order to study the system resolution more profoundly and to find fields for possible applications. The spatial aspect is tested with the simulation of static elements, the temporal aspect with dynamic elements.
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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
101638 Custom modes in thermo-optically adaptive optical resonators 01.10.2003 Project funding (Div. I-III)
117609 Thermo-optical phase modulator for femtosecond pulse management 01.01.2008 Project funding (Div. I-III)