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  • NASA Makes Optical Tech Available

Photonics Spectra
Oct 2011
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is offering its advanced optical technologies for licensing and partnership opportunities. Wavefront sensing and adaptive optics technology, procedures and lab equipment will be made available to private industry through NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program Office’s “Can You See It Now?” campaign. The technologies, which were developed for the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes, could promote advances in microscopy, lasik and refractive eye surgery, biometric imaging, advanced cameras and sensors, and optical communications systems. NASA Goddard also makes available its components, design tools and engineers to help firms develop adaptive optics systems.

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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