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Imagine Optic Delivers Unique High-Power Laser Metrology & Adaptive Optics


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Imagine Optic
: 25 January, 2009  (New Product)
Imagine Optic, Europe's leading manufacturer of Shack-Hartmann wavefront metrology and adaptive optics solutions, is proud to announce that it has delivered unique laser
metrology and adaptive optics systems to Britain’s Atomic Weapons
Establishment (AWE).
Imagine Optic Delivers Unique High-Power Laser Metrology & Adaptive Optics
Systems for the AWE's Orion Laser Project

Orsay France, December 15, 2008 - Imagine Optic, Europe's leading
manufacturer of Shack-Hartmann wavefront metrology and adaptive optics
solutions, is proud to announce that it has delivered unique laser
metrology and adaptive optics systems to Britainís Atomic Weapons
Establishment (AWE). The two systems, designed by Imagine Optic and
delivered by BFI Optilas (UK), will become an integral part of the
forthcoming Orion high-power laser. Orion is set to replace the HELEN
laser, which has been in operation since the 1970's, by 2010.

The metrology system is unique in that it will use 10 HASO 32 wavefront
sensors to simultaneously measure and analyze ten long-pulse, 500J
nanosecond beam lines. It will enable users to monitor beam quality using
HASOv3 software and make adjustments as necessary. 'Designing this system
was a real challenge that everyone at Imagine Optic took on with great
enthusiasm' comments Xavier Levecq, Imagine Optic's Scientific Development
& Marketing VP. He continues by adding 'HASO has proven itself many times
in the past and we are very proud of the fact that the AWE entrusted us
with this groundbreaking project.'

The adaptive optics system will be used at the end of the amplification
chain for wavefront correction of two powerful chirped-pulse amplification
beams that will produce 500J in a 0.5 picosecond pulse. The system
combines two of Imagine Optic's HASO 32 wavefront sensors and CASAO
software with two monomorph deformable mirrors manufactured by CILAS.

'High-power lasers are used in domains ranging from the pure science of
high-energy physics to more 'down-to-earth' applications including waste
treatment and, in the medical research sector, proton therapies and
imaging' says Imagine Optic CEO Samuel Bucourt. 'Imagine Optic will
continue to work with our customers to develop wavefront metrology and
adaptive optics technologies that will respond to their growing needs.'
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