Characterization of an active control system for holographic setup stabilization

Luciano De Sio, Alessandro Veltri, Alessandro Tedesco, Roberto Caputo, Cesare Umeton, Andrey V. Sukhov

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We report on the realization and characterization of an active control system of the optical holographic setup used for fabrication of holographic gratings in liquid-crystalline composite materials. The system exploits a reference diffraction grating and a piezomirror in closed-loop feedback. The piezoelectric mirror exhibits a hysteresis that depends not only on the applied voltage, but also on the history of the mirror motion. In an open-loop configuration, the hysteresis can be reduced by adjusting the delay time between the application of two different control voltage values; in a closed-loop operation, it is possible to eliminate the residual hysteresis. By testing the system in different conditions, it has been shown that residual fluctuations are comparable to the resolution of the piezomirror operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1363-1367
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


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