Optimization of electrode geometry and piezoelectric layer thickness of a deformable mirror
1 Research Centre for Special Optics
and Optoelectronic Systems (TOPTEC), Institute of Plasma Physics, Academy of Sciences
of the Czech Republic, Sobotecká
2 Institute of Mechatronics and Technical Engineering, Technical University of Liberec, Studentská 2, Liberec, CZ-46117, Czech Republic
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Deformable mirrors are the most commonly used wavefront correctors in adaptive optics systems. Nowadays, many applications of adaptive optics to astronomical telescopes, high power laser systems, and similar fast response optical devices require large diameter deformable mirrors with a fast response time and high actuator stroke. In order to satisfy such requirements, deformable mirrors based on piezoelectric layer composite structures have become a subject of intense scientific research during last two decades. In this paper, we present an optimization of several geometric parameters of a deformable mirror that consists of a nickel reflective layer deposited on top of a thin lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric disk. Honeycomb structure of gold electrodes is deposited on the bottom of the PZT layer. The analysis of the optimal thickness ratio between the PZT and nickel layers is performed to get the maximum actuator stroke using the finite element method. The effect of inter-electrode distance on the actuator stroke and influence function is investigated. Applicability and manufacturing issues are discussed.
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