Boston Micromachines Introduces High Performance Reflective Optical Chopper for Laser Science Applications

Boston Micromachines Introduces High Performance Reflective Optical Chopper for 
Laser Science Applications 
New Optical Chopper Boasts High Speed, Versatility and Ease of Use 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/04/13 --   Boston
Micromachines Corporation (BMC), a leading provider of MEMS-based
deformable mirror (DM) products and adaptive optics systems, today
introduced here at Photonics West the Reflective Optical Chopper
(ROC). Designed to out-perform the traditional optical chopper, the
ROC offers greater frequency range and a faster chopping speed
without the need to alter the beam size. 
Unlike traditional solutions which require the use of separate
chopper wheels at different ranges of frequencies, the ROC can
function continuously from sub-Hertz speeds up to 100kHz. Even more,
the versatile optical chopper does not require reduction of the size
of the beam at higher speeds. As an added feature, scientists can
chop the beam with an arbitrary pattern simply by providing an input
"Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) improvement is important to many laser
science applications," said Paul Bierden, president and CEO of Boston
Micromachines. "Our high speed, large aperture ROC meets the demands
of improving SNR."  
The ROC works as a reflective diffraction grating, chopping the beam
by varying between an unpowered flat mirror-state and a powered
diffractive state. With a module that easily fits into a standard 1"
optical mount, the ROC is operable within minutes of unpacking. The
ROC can be operated either in standard mode with the on-board signal
generator, or in custom mode using a user-generated 5-volt TTL
Priced at $1,700 the ROC is currently available. 
About Boston Micromachines Corporation
 Founded in 1999, Boston
Micromachines Corporation (BMC) is a leading provider of advanced
microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based mirror products and
adaptive optics systems. By applying wavefront correction to produce
high resolution images, BMC devices can be used for imaging
biological tissue and the human retina and to enhance images blurred
by the earth's atmosphere. The company's suite of award-winning
compact deformable mirror (DM) products is the most cost-effective,
highest performance mirrors in the market today. They are widely used
to drive scientific discovery in astronomy, laser beam shaping,
microscopy, vision science, and support a variety of defense
applications. Customers include NASA, UC Berkeley, Oxford University,
Lockheed Martin and Boston University. Located in Cambridge, MA, BMC
is privately held and offers custom-designed manufacturing services
in addition to its portfolio of standard DM products. For more
information on BMC, please visit 
Press contact: 
Laura MacSweeney
Red Javelin Communications
(781) 395-6420 
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