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Boston Micromachines’ Paul Bierden to Present at the Second Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes Conference (AO4ELT2)

Cambridge, Mass., September 9, 2011 – Boston Micromachines Corporation, a leading provider of MEMS-based deformable mirror (DM) products for adaptive optics systems, announced today that it will be presenting a talk on “MEMS Deformable Mirrors in Astronomical Adaptive Optics (AO)” at the Second International Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes (AO4ELT2) at the Victoria Conference Center in Victoria, British Columbia on September 28, at 10:20 AM. Paul Bierden, President and Chief Executive Officer at Boston Micromachines will present.

As the development of adaptive optics instrumentation for Extremely Large Telescopes continues, the need for specialized deformable mirror technology grows. Bierden will report on the development of Boston Micromachines’ micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)-based deformable mirrors (DM) to meet these needs and the needs of other astronomical AO projects. Specific DM technologies will be discussed including the 4092 element continuous membrane mirror designed and built for the Gemini Planet Imager as well as a 2048 actuator DM being built for other high contrast astronomical AO applications. Also discussed will be a project to design and manufacture a 1021 hexagonal segment (3063 actuator) tip-tilt-piston DM for NASA’s Terrestrial Planet Finding Mission. Design considerations, improvements in reliability, and device characteristics will be discussed. Performance results and plans for future mirror development and how they fit into the ELT programs will be presented.