Testing of a Magneto-Strictive Actuator for Adaptive Optics

Bruce C. Bigelow, David Walker, Gil Nixon

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Abstract

We have previously proposed the use of commercially available actuators and displacement sensors for use in the control of large deformable secondary mirrors. We have identified the magneto-strictive (MS) actuator as a promising candidate based on manufacturer's specifications for stroke, power consumption, and service life. We have identified both capacitive and eddy-current displacement sensors as possible choices for completing the required control loop around the actuators. The purpose of the tests described here was to characterize the performance of a MS actuator in terms of hysteresis, linearity, power consumption, heat dissipation, and frequency response, and to confirm the manufacturer's specifications for longevity. The purpose of the sensor testing was to compare their performance in terms of frequency response and packaging constraints. Results of the testing program are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow
EditorsArne L. Ardeberg
PublisherSPIE
Pages910-919
Number of pages10
Volume2871
ISBN (Print)0819422681, 9780819422682
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventOptical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow - Landskrona/Hven, Sweden
Duration: 29 May 19962 Jun 1996
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Optical-Telescopes-Today-Tomorrow-Landskrona/dp/0819422681
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234914867_Optical_Telescopes_of_Today_and_Tomorrow

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSPIE
Volume2871
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceOptical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow
CountrySweden
CityLandskrona/Hven
Period29/05/962/06/96
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Bigelow, B. C., Walker, D., & Nixon, G. (1997). Testing of a Magneto-Strictive Actuator for Adaptive Optics. In A. L. Ardeberg (Ed.), Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow (Vol. 2871, pp. 910-919). (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 2871). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.268972