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Boston Micromachines has pioneered MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) deformable mirror technology for advanced optical control. These miniature-precision light-shapers empower the world's top researchers to make breakthroughs in astronomy, microscopy, laser control, and retinal imaging. Leading the industry in MEMS mirror development and expanding into full high-resolution imaging systems, Boston Micromachines is committed to driving discovery in photonics applications.


For microscopes, telescopes, laser beam control and defense applications.
Deformable mirrors are used for a wide array of applications in various industries. Whether you are sharpening your image or optimizing data throughput, deformable mirrors can be used to improve your optical application.

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Adaptive Optics

For implementing deformable mirror applications without the need for low-level programming.
Take advantage of our experience with various correction schemes through the use of our code for adaptive optics. Whether you are trying to quickly set up your optics or testing out an algorithm, Boston Micromachines' AO SDK can help the experienced programmer figure out what is best for their application. Still not sure? We have engineers on staff who have built their own AO systems and would be happy to discuss what is best for your application.

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Broadband Optical
Modulation Products

For laser communication and intra- and extra-cavity beam shaping.

Intensity control options exist in many forms. Use the Boston Micromachines Broadband Optical Modulator as a replacement for a pockels cell or to better tune the intensity of your beam. We have solutions ranging from fully integrated systems to basic components that can be customized for various wavelengths, contrast levels and response times.

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We understand how it feels to have trouble on a project due to technology limitations. Our team will work with you to select or customize a better adaptive optics solution for your project.
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Unmatched Mirror Performance

You can experience the power of MEMS deformable mirror technology with the fastest speed and the highest stability, precision and resolution in the industry. Boston Micromachines' continuous and segmented deformable mirrors are ideal for a range of applications in astronomy, microscopy, defense related applications, laser communications and retinal imaging. BMC deformable mirrors enable sophisticated aberration compensation in an easy-to-use package and combined with an upgraded driver (X-Driver), you can experience the fastest-in-class response time. BMC Hex-TTP deformable mirror systems offer a practical alternative to standard continuous deformable mirrors. Hex-TTP deformable mirrors are well suited for many applications from in vivo microscopy to high-resolution astronomy to bleeding-edge laser communication applications. The unique Hex mirror architecture has the ability to tip, tilt, and piston multiple segments for alternative wavefront control.

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End-to-End Product Support

From product education to customization to product installation, we work side by side with the world’s top researchers like you to help drive scientific discoveries. In fact, some of our customers have included our hardware or listed us as co-authors in their published papers. Finally, our components have been integrated into fully-commercialized instruments that are used in research facilities around the world.

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Endless Scientific Discoveries

We are constantly improving our technology to meet your needs. Whether it’s adaptive optics or optical modulation, our job is not done until your project is a success. Visit our applications pages shown in the main menu for more information.

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Where Are Deformable Mirrors Used?

  • Astronomy

    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.

  • Microscopy

    Our robust deformable mirror systems provide precise wavefront control, making our deformable mirrors the ideal mirrors for microscopic use.

  • Laser Communication

    Boston Micromachines Corporation has a legacy of supporting the nation's top defense contractors in a number of defense applications.

  • Laser Research

    In contrast to liquid crystal modulators (LCMs), MEMS deformable mirrors have recently emerged as a surpassing alternative with significant advantages. MEMS DMs are more cost-effective, more optically efficient, and can perform at multiple wavelengths.

  • Retinal Imaging

    Implement our compact, high speed solution for your imaging system. Boston Micromachines' Multi-DM has been used in various Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopes in research laboratories around the world.

  • "The BMC team’s flexibility and customer service have been nothing less than stellar and we truly appreciate you all. I look forward to continuing to work with you."

    Jeannine Knight, Staff Engineer

    Guidestar Optical Systems, Inc.

  • "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

  • "Boston Micromachines has been an important part of the adaptive optics community for two decades and it has been a pleasure working with them on many occasions over the years. We have frequently turned to them as suppliers of choice for our various applications in adaptive microscopy and have always found them to be supportive and responsive at every stage of the process. We currently have BMC hardware in various systems and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."

    Martin Booth, Professor of Engineering Science

    Dynamic Optics and Photonics Group, University of Oxford

  • "We have been using spatial light modulators (segmented deformable mirrors) from BMC for nearly a decade, and have always been very pleased with our partnership with BMC, who has always provided excellent technical advice and customer support. We develop wavefront shaping techniques to image in strongly scattering media such as biological tissue, and speed and number of actuators are key parameters for our application. BMC’s products have been providing unmatched performance on all of these metrics with their segmented mirrors, and we have been able to break several records and achieve unprecedented imaging performance thanks to their Kilo-DM hardware."

    Sylvain Gigan, Directeur adjoint (Deputy Director)

    Physics License department, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Sorbonne University

  • "[The BMC] modulator is advantageous over the acousto-optic types because it is free from the dispersion effects and delivers better spatial resolution for the focused laser."

    Byung Hee Son, Researcher

    Department of Physics and Department of Energy Systems Research, Ajou University, Suwon 443-749, Korea

    Son BH, Park JK, Hong JT, Park JY, Lee S, Ahn YH. Imaging ultrafast carrier transport in nanoscale field-effect transistors. ACS Nano. 2014;8(11):11361‐11368. doi:10.1021/nn5042619

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