MEMS Deformable Mirror comes as complete turnkey system.

Press Release Summary:

Mini-DM(TM) wavefront control device consists of mirror membrane supported by underlying actuator array. Each actuator in array can be individually deflected by electrostatic actuation to achieve desired pattern of deformation without hysteresis. Active mirror area is deformed by 32 actuators and can reach frame rates to 1,000 Hz with fully-integrated USB controller and user interface. Product is suited for laboratory-scale adaptive optics.

Original Press Release:

Boston Micromachines Delivers First Low Cost, High Performance Deformable Mirror

WATERTOWN, Mass., Jan. 10 /-- 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 Potsaid, 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."

About the Mini-DM

The Mini-DM is an advanced wavefront control device that consists of a mirror membrane supported by an underlying actuator array. Each actuator in the array can be individually deflected by electrostatic actuation to achieve the desired pattern of deformation. Unlike piezoelectric mirrors, electrostatic actuation ensures mirror deformation without hysteresis.

The compact and affordable Mini-DM is ideal for laboratory-scale adaptive optics and low-order wavefront control. The active mirror area is deformed by thirty-two actuators and can reach frame rates up to 1000 Hz with a fully- integrated controller and user-friendly interface. In addition to the deformable mirror, this turnkey system comes complete with a USB controller, software and a gimbal mount for easy installation.

Pricing and Availability
The Mini-DM is available immediately at a starting price of $7,500.

About Boston Micromachines Corporation

Founded in 1999, Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) is the leading provider of advanced microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) -- based mirror products for use in commercial adaptive optics systems, applying wavefront correction to produce high resolution images of the human retina and enhance images blurred by the Earth's atmosphere. The company's suite of award- winning compact deformable mirror (DM) products are the most cost-effective, highest performance mirrors in the market today. They are widely used in vision science applications such as advanced optic retinal imaging, long range laser communications, and astronomy, including NASA's search for planets in other solar systems. Customers include leading manufacturers of optical imaging and communication systems, governmental agencies and contractors, and vision science research laboratories worldwide, including NASA, UCal Berkeley, Lockheed Martin and Boston University. Located in Watertown, Mass BMC is privately held and also offers custom designed manufacturing services. For more information on BMC, please visit

CONTACT: Dana Harris of Red Javelin Communications for Boston Micromachines Corporation, +1-978-440-8392,

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