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Deformable MEMS mirrors aim of Boston Micromachines collab with Bridger Photonics

(December 7, 2010 - MARKET WIRE) -- Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC), provider of MEMS-based deformable mirror (DM) products for adaptive optics systems, has signed a consulting agreement with Bridger Photonics to quantitatively assess a new MEMS membrane deformable mirror design using Boston Micromachines' facilities.

Bridger Photonics was awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a commercial prototype of an aberration compensated focus control device. This device, based on MEMS technology, will allow the user to deflect a deformable membrane mirror in a controlled manner in order to select a desired focal length. The device also features active control of low-order aberrations. This technology will enable the next generation of biomedical imaging devices for microscopy applications by enabling focus control and aberration correction in a simple, compact and low-cost sensor.

"The two companies' technologies complement one another very well, so the fit is natural," said Peter Roos, president and chief executive officer at Bridger Photonics, Inc. "We are excited to capitalize on BMC's proven expertise and knowledge in the field of deformable mirrors."

"Progress in deformable mirror technology has inspired innovative researchers to make advances in fields such as astronomy, microscopy, retinal imaging, and laser communication," said Paul Bierden, president and chief executive officer at Boston Micromachines. "We are pleased to provide our extensive DM technology knowledge to Bridger Photonics to support its effort to expand the role of MEMS DM technology in wavefront correction for scientific advancement."

Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) provides microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based mirror products for use in commercial adaptive optics systems. By applying wavefront correction to produce high resolution images, BMC devices can be used for imaging biological tissue and the human retina and to enhance images blurred by the earth's atmosphere. For more information on BMC, please visit