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Boston Micromachines

December 06, 2010 09:00 ET

Boston Micromachines Selected by Bridger Photonics to Help Assess New Deformable Mirror Technology

BMC's Expertise Aids Bridger Photonics to Expand the Role of MEMS DM Technology in Wavefront Correction

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - December 6, 2010) - Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC), a leading provider of MEMS-based deformable mirror (DM) products for adaptive optics systems, announced today that it has signed a consulting agreement with Bridger Photonics to quantitatively assess a new MEMS membrane deformable mirror design using Boston Micromachines' facilities.

"We recognized that Boston Micromachines is a world leader in deformable MEMS membranes. 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."

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.

"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."

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. 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. The company's suite of award-winning compact deformable mirror (DM) products is the most cost-effective, highest performance mirrors in the market today. They are widely used to drive scientific discovery in astronomy, laser beam shaping, microscopy, vision science, and support a variety of defense applications. Customers include NASA, UC Berkeley, Lockheed Martin and Boston University. Located in Cambridge, MA, BMC is privately held and offers custom-designed manufacturing services in addition to its portfolio of standard DM products. For more information on BMC, please visit www.bostonmicromachines.com.

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