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Andor Appoints ALPAO as Reseller

Photonics.com
Feb 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2, 2010 – Andor Technology plc of Belfast, UK, a scientific imaging, spectroscopy solutions and microscopy systems provider, has appointed ALPAO as its new value added reseller for the adaptive optics market.

The Grenoble, France-based company is a manufacturer of adaptive optics solutions, most notably for extremely sensitive wavefront sensors for research and industry applications.

Results obtained with adaptive optics in astronomy, ophthalmology and microscopy applications have shown the highly practical importance of the technique. A key requirement for such systems is the ability to rapidly and precisely correct variations in the observed optical wavefront.  

The French company’s Shack-Hartmann sensor leverages the electron multiplying technology implemented by the UK-based company in its cameras. Fulfilling the most demanding adaptive optics applications, the sensor delivers a low electronic reading noise <1e- RMS and a high frame rate of up to 495 fps, offered simultaneously by the EMCCD technology from Andor.

The EMCCD detector’s sensitivity also allows it to be utilized in applications where the power level is limited for either safety reasons or to avoid destroying observed samples.

For more information, visit: www.andor.com



GLOSSARY
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.
astronomy
The scientific observation of celestial radiation that has reached the vicinity of Earth, and the interpretation of these observations to determine the characteristics of the extraterrestrial bodies and phenomena that have emitted the radiation.
ophthalmology
The branch of medicine involved in the study of the anatomy, functions, diseases and treatments of the eye.
sensitivity
In a radiation detector, the ratio of the output to the input signal.
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