Optical metrology of adaptive membrane mirrors

John W. Wagner, Gregory S. Agnes, L. Porter Davis
2001 Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems  
Acknowledgements When I first discussed proposed thesis topics, I was given some advice to follow an established topic and avoid starting a research project. If I had followed this advice, I'm convinced there would have been more time for other schoolwork and family, but I would not have enjoyed this "first-ever" research. This effort would not have been possible without the help and support from several people. My advisor, Capt Agnes, provided program direction, support, and many incremental
more » ... many incremental reviews which kept this effort productive. This program involved many academic areas and departments, and in all cases support was outstanding from the AFIT staff. The aero/astro laboratory staff, Mr. Jay Anderson, Mr. Bob Bacon, Mr. Dan Rioux, and Mr. Andy Pitts ordered needed parts, provided insight into material selection, and Dan's expertise in sub-micron polishing was utilized extensively on each membrane mounting ring. From the physics laboratory staff, Mr. Greg Smith provided interferometry advice, while Ms. Belinda Johnson, along with Mr. Jack Janning of JLJ, Inc., spent many hours developing the unique photoetching technique used for this PVDF film. From electrical engineering, Mr. Charles Powers provided lab space and room support, Mr. Bill Trop developed photomasks, and Mr. Joe Shaw developed a unique power source for the quad-square etched membrane. Mr. Russ Hastings of the AFIT model shop produced simply outstanding test tools from difficult schematics, and was able to accommodate every design revision. I would especially like to thank the current "think tank" for membrane research, AFRL/DE, Mr. Dan Marker, Mr. Richard Carreras, and Dr. Jim Rotge for providing aluminum coated Upilex, stretching ring designs, and research support. Dr. Rotge provided continual guidance with system image formation, which was critical to this effort and much appreciated. Finally, I would like thank my family for their understanding and support during this period. Jennifer, Jeff, and Jake, I thank you for providing the motivation each day to do my best, and I look forward to our "normal" life someday. Abstract xiii completion of Crew Commander training, he served as a Flight Commander at the 3rd
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