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David Wick

Dr. David V. Wick

Principal Member of Technical Staff
Sandia National Labs

Sandia National Laboratories
PO Box 5800, MS 1188
Albuquerque NM 87185-1188
United States

tel: 505 844 2517
fax: 505 845 9724
E-mail: dvwick@sandia.gov

Area of Expertise

Active / adaptive optics


David Wick is an optical engineer in the Intelligent Perception Department at Sandia National Laboratories. His current interests center on the integration of active or adaptive optics, such as liquid crystal spatial light modulators and lenses and MEMS deformable mirrors, into conventional imaging systems in order to improve performance and reduce size/weight. He has 11 years experience in R&D of conventional and MEMS deformable mirrors, liquid crystal lenses and spatial light modulators, and nonlinear materials. Applications include wavefront control/correction, phase conjugation, beam steering, and optical correlation. He has over 35 articles, 2 book chapters, 3 patents, and numerous conference presentations to his credit. He earned his B.S. with honors in Physics from New Mexico State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona.

Lecture Title(s)

Active Optics - They're Not Just for Telescopes Anymore
Until recently, the phrase adaptive optics generally conjured images of large deformable mirrors being integrated into telescopes for astronomy. However, the development of smaller, cheaper devices has sparked interest for other applications. Liquid crystal lenses, spatial light modulators and MEMS deformable mirrors are becoming increasingly useful for various imaging applications included foveated imaging, nonmechanical zoom, phase diversity, and enhanced multi-spectral imaging. Active components allow flexibility in the optical design, increasing performance while simultaneously reducing size and weight.
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