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Optical characterization of two-dimensional array of 2048 tilting micromirrors for astronomical spectroscopy

A micromirror array composed of 2048 silicon micromirrors measuring 200 x 100 mu m(2) and tilting by 25 degrees was developed as a reconfigurable slit mask for multi-object spectroscopy (MOS) in astronomy. The fill factor, contrast, and mirror deformation at both room and cryogenic temperatures were investigated. Contrast was measured using an optical setup that mimics a MOS instrument, and mirror deformation was characterized using a Twyman-Green interferometer. The results indicate that the array exhibited a fill factor of 82%, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and surface mirror deformations of 8 nm and 27 nm for mirrors tilted at 298 K and 162 K, respectively. (c) 2013 Optical Society of America


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