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Fri, 8 Jun 2017 12:00 MST
Quto/Estimate Generator Forms
Try our new quote generator for Plate-Type PZT DMs and GigE/USB3.0 Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensors (WFS) on the product pages.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:00 MST
SharePoint Server has the Latest Software
We have a new version of the software avaliable now with several speed and interface improvements. For current customers, the latest version of the AOS software is available at under Downloads-Export Controlled-Software-Current. To gain access to this SharePoint site, please email

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:00 MST
New Major Software Update Announced
AOS is planning a new version of the software with improved external interfaces and more deterministic operation first quarter 2013. This upgrade will enable AOS to support more external software and more cameras. Users will be given a hardware key instead of the software keys provided in earlier editions of the software.

Wed, 8 Aug 2012 12:00 MST
AOS in the literature on Aero-Optical Wavefronts for Adaptive Optics
Jonathan Tesch and Steve Gibson published a wonderful paper on aero-optical adaptive optics in JOSA A (Jonathan Tesch and Steve Gibson, "Optimal and adaptive control of aero-optical wavefronts for adaptive optics," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 1625-1638 (2012)).

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:00 MST
AOS releases new beam-tube DM packaging
Today we officially released our new beam-tube packaging for the membrane DMs. The first released product is a MDM1-32S-4 (32 actuators in a squared grid). The "-4" suffix indicates the new beam-tube packaging.

Wed, 11 Oct 2011 12:00 MST
AOS Software supports any AVT Camera
We can now support any AVT camera (firewire or Gigabit ethernet) in our software and can make any AVT camera into a wavefront sensor.

Wed, 11 Oct 2011 12:00 MST
New Software Features
Based on customer input, we have added Zernike subtraction, image zooming, far-field spot calculation, and better Atmospheric Characterization into our Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor software. These features are either in our software now or will be in the next release.

Wed, 11 Oct 2011 12:00 MST
New Video and WFS Software Features
We have just released a new video on active flattening a membrane DM using the new Zernike subtraction feature.(

Wed, 13 July 2010 12:00 MST
More New Application Notes!
AOS has released several new application notes on addressing aspects of DM performance! (

Wed, 22 Nov 2010 12:00 MST
New Application Notes!
AOS has released three new application notes on error rejection, beam quality metrics, and analysis of Kolmogorov turbulence! (

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:00 MST
AOS Posters now available!
AOS has released a line of FREE posters on atmospheric adaptive optics, lasers, diffraction patterns, and Zernike Polynomials. See the application notes section of the AOS website (

Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:00 MST
BNS SLM Calibration Video and AN019 (Compensation of Kolmogorov Turbulence with a Membrane Deformable Mirror) now available!
See the application notes section of the AOS website (

Fri, 7 Sep 2010 12:00 MST
SPIE and DEPS 2010 papers are now available!
See the publications section of the AOS website (

Fri, 22 Jun 2010 12:00 MST
Zernike Polynomial Study, RMS Voltage Noise, and Inter-actuator Crosstalk Application Notes Now Available!
Released Application Notes 16, 17, and 18.

Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:00 MST
New Application Notes!
Released Application Notes 14 and 15 on Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor Sensitivity and Accuracy.

Fri, 15 Mar 2010 12:00 MST
AOS Web Training Seminars (Webinars)
We now offer online webinars. The first "Getting Started" webinar is available on the support page. Subsequent webinars will be available via the portal.

Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:00 MST
AOS User Accounts Active
We are now able to offer users accounts to our website. These accounts will be used to distribute new versions of our software, exchange files with users, and provide access to more training and usage information. Use the email form on the contact page to request your account today. If you have an account, you can access it via the Portal tab.

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:00 MST
New AOS Website Launched
The new AOS website was launched on 14 December 2009.

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 12:00 MST
New Metric AO Product
AOS recently announced a metric AO product that relies on their unique microcontroller-architecture drive electronics to execute a stochastic parallel gradient descent (SPGD) algorithm. The 6"x6"x3" drive electronics product was equipt with a BNC connector for a metric input signal, shown here as a photodiode with a pinhole. With this advance, all it takes to simple metric AO is an AOS deformable mirror, a photodiode with a pinhole, and the AOS drive electronics! Introductory pricing is set at $7,500.

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 12:00 MST
AOS (in collaboration with MZA) announces results from their first plate-type PZT actuator deformable mirror capable of handling high CW laser power.

Wed, 01 Feb 2006 12:00 MST
Demonstration of the first adaptive optics system.

Sun, 01 Jan 2006 12:00 MST
Completion of the first prototype drive electronics.

Mon, 01 Aug 2005 12:00 MST
Active Optical Systems, LLC
Creation of the Limited Liability Corporation.

Fri, 01 Jul 2005 12:00 MST
Demonstration of the first polymer membrane deformable mirror.