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Industry Deformable mirror
Adaptive Optics
Founded Grenoble, France (2006)
Founder Dr. Frédéric Rooms
Headquarters Montbonnot, France
Area served
Products Deformable mirror and adaptive optics systems
Revenue 2-5 M€
Number of employees

ALPAO is a company which manufactures a range of adaptive optics products for use in research and industry, including deformable mirrors with large strokes, wavefront sensors, and adaptive optics loops. These products are designed for astronomy, vision science, microscopy, wireless optical communications, and laser applications.


ALPAO developed from groundwork at the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble) and Floralis. In 2006 and 2008 ALPAO received awards for innovative technology from the French Ministry of Research. Other ALPAO partners include the Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, OSEO, ANR, Région Rhône-Alpes, Grenoble Alpes Incubation, the Reseau Entreprendre and Business France.

  • 2016 ALPAO signs 2 major contracts with ESO to develop new deformable mirrors for next generation instruments and an agreement with Georgia State University for adaptive optics upgrade on telescopes at CHARA array.
  • 2015 ALPAO released the DM468 and the DM820.
  • 2013 ALPAO released the DM97-08 dedicated to vision science application.
  • 2012 ALPAO join EVEON group.
  • 2009 ALPAO introduces a new drive electronics increasing the performances of magnetic deformable mirrors.
  • 2008 ALPAO introduces a new patented technology for deformable mirrors with increased strokes and improved optimal temporal response.
  • 2007 ALPAO introduces its own wavefront sensor for closed loop operations
  • 2006 ALPAO introduces a low speed deformable mirror.


ALPAO’s deformable mirrors can be used in the following disciplines for image enhancement:

Vision science[edit]

Diagnosing illnesses of the eye may require high resolution images of the retina. Images taken using conventional instruments may be too poor in quality due to aberrations introduced by the eye itself. Adaptive optics offers a technique for restoring the image quality.[1][2][3] In addition, adaptive optics may be used to create a vision simulator.


Turbulence introduced by the atmosphere degrades images taken using telescopes. Using adaptive optics recovers much of the information that is lost.[4][5] As a result, it is possible to increase the number of scientific observations.

Biological imaging[edit]

AO makes possible to shift the depth of focus, while maintaining a constant distance between the objective and the observed object to do 3D microscopy through the use of sections.


Numerous laser applications benefit from adaptive optics. For example:

  • Compensating for temporal dispersion in pulsed lasers
  • Improving beam quality for soldering or cutting applications.


  • Vincent Templeare, President and CEO
  • Vincent Hardy, General manager
  • Julien Charton, CTO and cofounder

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