The design of future single-altitude conjugated adaptive optics (AO) systems may include at least two deformable mirrors (DMs) instead of one as in the current AO system. Each DM will have to correct for a specific spatial frequency range. A method is presented to derive a DM modal basis based on the influence functions of the DM. The modal bases are derived such that they are orthogonal to a given set of modes that restrict the DM correction to a spatial frequency domain. The modal bases have been tested on the woofer–tweeter test bench at the University of Victoria. It has been shown that the rms amplitude of the woofer DM and tweeter DM stroke can be reduced by factors of 3 and 9, respectively, when making the transition from a zonal-driven closed loop to a modal-driven closed loop with the same performance in both cases.
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