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CILAS To Supply New “Monomorph” Deformable Mirrors For High Power Lasers

Orléans, France – August 22, 2008:   CILAS has recently been selected by two new customers, AWE in the UK and LULI in France, to design and manufacture deformable mirrors for high power lasers.
 
  In the United Kingdom, AWE has ordered deformable mirrors from CILAS as part of the contract for Wavefront Sensors and Adaptive Optics. New monomorph deformable mirrors from CILAS will be used on the two petawatt class lasers of the Orion project at AWE (UK). The monomorph deformable mirrors (63 actuators, 86 mm useful aperture) will be delivered before the end of this year. The monomorph deformable mirrors are being supplied to AWE by BFI Optilas (UK) as part of an adaptive optics system for laser beam correction which has been designed by Imagine Optic (France).

In France, the Laboratoire d’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses (LULI) a joint unit for research between the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA), the Ecole Polytechnique and Paris VI University, has ordered a monomorph mirror from CILAS. With 31 actuators over a 98 mm useful aperture, this deformable mirror will upgrade the 100 terawatts class laser at LULI as part of the Elfie Project.
 
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Monomorph deformable mirrors especially designed to correct high power laser beams with short pulses (terawatts and petawatts class), complement the wide range of deformable mirrors marketed by CILAS for adaptive optics systems worldwide.


Previous News:  
CILAS To Design and Prototype Adaptive Mirror For European Extremely Large Telescope, Jan 2008.
CILAS Delivers Record 1,377 Actuator Adaptive Mirror To ESO, Dec 2007.
CILAS Wins Two Major Contracts For Deformable Mirrors In the United States, Dec 2004.


About CILAS:  
For over 40 years, CILAS has designed, manufactured and marketed a wide range of lasers, optronics products and systems for defence, civilian and military security, large-scale scientific laser programmes as the Laser Mégajoule in France (LMJ), and scientific-industrial instrumentation programmes. With a turnover of 30 million euros, CILAS employs 200 people on five sites in France.

 
 

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