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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Boston Micromachines Delivers Latest Deformable Mirror

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WATERTOWN, Mass., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Micromachines Corporation, a leading provider of MEMS-based deformable mirror products for adaptive optics systems, today announced the Mini-DM(TM), the first cost effective, high resolution, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) deformable mirror.

The Mini-DM is the newest product in Boston Micromachines' award-winning suite of MEMS deformable mirrors which are used to improve resolution in microscopes, telescopes, and ophthalmic instruments.

"Until now researchers and scientists without significant budget were unable to leverage MEMS technology in their research projects," said Paul Bierden, president and CEO of Boston Micromachines. "Because the Mini-DM is a true off the shelf product with high performance and a low price tag it allows researchers to accomplish 'proof-of-principle' experiments without the investment formerly required. This product will extend the range of applications for which adaptive optics is economical."

The Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York has built a novel optical microscope with a greatly expanded field of view using the Mini-DM.

"We chose Boston Micromachines' Mini-DM because of its low cost, high speed operation, and ability to achieve relatively large surface displacements at high spatial frequencies," said Benjamin Pot said, research scientist at the CATS. "This new mirror allowed us to successfully demonstrate and experimentally validate the unique capabilities of our optical microscope design with a very short development time and minimal integration effort."

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