In France, Floralis of Gières, which is the technology transfer subsidiary of University Joseph Fourier of Grenoble, has launched Alpao, a developer of adaptive optics located in Saint Martin d’Hères. The latter company was originally a business unit of Floralis.
- 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.
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