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  • Boston Micromachines Awarded $750K NEI Grant
Oct 2007
Boston Micromachines Corp. (BMC) of Watertown, Mass., a provider of microelectromechanical (MEMS)-based mirror products for adaptive optics systems, announced that it has been awarded a $750,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant  from the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health to advance the research and diagnosis of eye diseases in the elderly. BMC said the grant will allow the company and its research partner, the School of Optometry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., to develop an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) instrument capable of high-resolution retinal imaging of 95 percent of the population. "As the first instrument to provide the combination of high-resolution and high-amplitude wavefront correction using a single deformable mirror, this new system will have tremendous implications for our elderly population, whose aging eyes have more aberrations and suffer from debilitating eye diseases," said Paul Bierden, president of BMC.

adaptive optics
Optical components or assemblies whose performance is monitored and controlled so as to compensate for aberrations, static or dynamic perturbations such as thermal, mechanical and acoustical disturbances, or to adapt to changing conditions, needs or missions. The most familiar example is the "rubber mirror,'' whose surface shape, and thus reflective qualities, can be controlled by electromechanical means. See also active optics; phase conjugation.
The organ of vision or light sensitivity.  
A smooth, highly polished surface, for reflecting light, that may be plane or curved if wanting to focus and or magnify the image formed by the mirror. The actual reflecting surface is usually a thin coating of silver or aluminum on glass.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
In considering a field of electromagnetic energy emanating from a source, the wavefront is a surface connecting all field points that are equidistant from the source.
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