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Phase I Projects

Photonics Spectra
Mar 2010
Boston Micromachines Corp. of Cambridge, Mass, a microelectromechanical systems-based deformable mirror provider, has received two Phase I contracts totaling about $200,000 from NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program to further space imaging research. The first project is to develop a compact, ultralow-power, high-voltage multiplexed driver suitable for integration with the mirrors in space-based wavefront control applications. The other is for an enhanced fabrication development process for the high-actuator-count deformable mirrors required for wavefront control in space-based high-contrast-imaging instruments.


GLOSSARY
actuator
Mechanical device intended for the translation (rotational and linear) using high precision control from electronically operated circuits. See linear actuator; rotary actuator.
mirror
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.
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