GIERES, France -- Floralis, the technology transfer subsidiary of Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, has launched its first business unit, Alpao, as a company in its own right. A developer of adaptive optics, the new company is located in Saint Martin d’Hères.
- 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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