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Astronomy

The world should know about your discoveries. See clearer pictures of celestial objects in deep space than ever before with our best-in-class deformable mirrors that compensate for atmospheric disturbances and instrument misalignments.

Challenges with seeing distant objects through telescopes


Countless wishes have been made on a twinkling star.

Ironically, that twinkle is one thing that gets in the way of seeing a clear image of the star through a telescope.

Light from stars is refracted through our atmosphere in different directions which causes the star’s image to change slightly in brightness and position. Even with a powerful telescope, factors like these make the stars difficult to see clearly.

We can help you see far
away objects more clearly

Our micro-electro-mechanical systems, or “MEMS”, deformable mirrors help telescopes compensate for atmospheric effects and correct for minor misalignments in instruments.

The MEMS deformable mirrors have pistons underneath that can move to change the mirror surface, effectively controlling the shape of the light reflected from it.

With the help of NASA SBIR programs, BMC has developed new types of mirrors and improved the cost of manufacturing deformable mirrors.

Boston Micromachines’ deformable mirrors are now being used in space telescopes and observatories around the world.

Perform at a higher level with the latest technology

Boston Micromachines' continuous and segmented deformable mirrors are ideal for a range of applications in astronomy.

BMC deformable mirrors enable sophisticated aberration compensation in an easy-to-use package.

Use a deformable mirror with an upgraded driver (X-Driver) to receive the fastest-in-class response time from your deformable mirror setup. With sizes ranging from 137 actuators (optimal for meter-class telescopes) to more than 4000 actuators (for larger, more sophisticated instruments), we are sure to have the right mirror for your installation.

In addition, the Boston Micromachines' Hex Class deformable mirror architecture can be used in testbeds to simulate the large segmented primary mirrors typically found in the latest Extremely Large Telescope designs. The Hex mirror segments can tip, tilt and piston for alternative wavefront control.

Standard Deformable Mirrors

Our deformable mirrors are fielded at prominent astronomical facilities around the world to help researchers improve wavefront correction capabilities, enabling cutting edge space telescope concepts. Learn more on the Standard Deformable Mirrors page.

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Hex Class Deformable Mirror

Offers the ability to tip, tilt, and piston multiple segments. Boston Micromachines Hex DMs are installed in prominent astronomical testbeds around the world to help researchers improve wavefront correction capabilities, and can be used as primary mirror surrogates to enable cutting edge telescope concepts. Learn more on the Hex Tip-Tilt-Piston page

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  • “I have been using Boston Micromachines hardware for years to image and analyze exoplanets. Their hardware is high performance, robust and reliable and they are always open to various types of customizations. BMC hardware will be my first choice for wavefront correction in future applications.”

    Nemanja Jovanovic, Research Scientist

    California Institute of Technology

We can help move your discovery forward.

Your desire for exploration shouldn't be hampered by wavefront aberrations. Let us help you choose the best deformable mirror for your system so you can focus on moving your discovery forward. Contact us today.