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Mini-deformable mirror controller

Boston Micromachines

Boston Micromachines Corporation, a leading provider of MEMS-based deformable mirror (DM) products for adaptive optics systems, recently announced a new high speed, high precision controller for its Mini-DM. This new controller provides increased resolution and speed and has been engineered in a package five times smaller than the previous version. The Mini-DM's low cost, small size and high functionality enable researchers to accomplish adaptive optics proof-of-concept experiments for laser beam shaping.

"The Mini-DM Controller is an easy and cost effective tool for proof-of-concept research," said Paul Bierden, president and CEO of Boston Micromachines, "as well as applications where compact size and low cost are paramount to successful implementation."

The new controller, which enhances Boston Micromachines' Mini-DM, has been improved to provide 14 bit resolution in position control at greater than an 8 kHz frame rate. The Mini-DM is also used to improve resolution in microscopes, telescopes, and ophthalmic instruments. It is ideal for laboratory-scale adaptive optics and proof-of-concept wavefront control in microscopy and vision science research where imaging instruments often suffer from resolution limitations.

The Mini-DM is currently being used in vision science by researchers studying glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration. In microscopy, the Mini-DM's ability to actively correct for aberrations helps researchers extract vital information from biological specimens.

www.bostonmicromachines.com