Imagine Optic was founded in 1996 by Xavier Levecq and Samuel Bucourt when the pair realized that their combined expertise could give birth to a new type of wavefront sensor dedicated to AO and optical metrology. Their ambition was to develop a sensor offering accuracy, dynamic range and versatility, all at the same time without compromise.
The company delivered the first HASO in 1999, one for the AO system of the LMJ (Laser mega-joule laser proof of concept) and the other for the project SILVA (isotopic separation by laser process). The LOA and HAMAMATSU quickly followed the CEA and decided to go with the HASO for their AO systems.
2000, the product line grew with the addition of the HASO NIR (near infrared), first SHWFS dedicated to telecommunications applications.
2001 development of the first ever made EUV wavefront sensor dedicated to nano-lithography and synchrotrons, fruit of a collaboration between the LIXAM, SOLEIL, LOA and CXRO (Center for X-Ray Optics LBNL)
2003 creation of Imagine Eyes, sister company to focus on ophthalmological applications of wavefront sensing and AO
2005 launch of mirao™ 52-d, first deformable mirror optimized for life sciences applications.
2006 expension to asia and the US.
2007 release of the 3rd generation of HASO was released along with the HASO Fast, the SL-Sys™ liquid, CASAO™, GENAO™ and the AOKit™ -bio.
2008 release of the SL-Sys neo, first of a kind system dedicated to the characterization of miniaturized optics and objectives.
Also in that same year, Imagine Optic and Amplitude Technologies filed a joint patent application for a revolutionary adaptive optics optical fuse for high-power lasers.
2010 release of ILAO, first deformable mirror specifically dedicated to ultra-high intensity lasers (UHIL)
2012 introduction of the 4th generation of HASO.
2013 release of MicAO 3DSR, first adaptive optics accessory designed to super resolution microscopy.
This plug & play device corrects aberrations induced by the optical setup as well as the biological sample and offers to the users the best lateral and axial localization precision (resolution) on the market.
2014 Imagine Optic and Q-Sys BV are granted for the development of SHARPeR.
This program is supported by two European companies to work together to develop a high-accuracy automated metrology platform for characterization of extremely high-quality optical components, such as x-ray mirrors for synchrotrons.
2015 release of ILAO Star, 3rd generation of the mechanical deformable mirror.
this time the DM is entirely based on proprietary actuators. At the same time was also released PharAO, sensorless focal spot optimization software module
Imagine Optic celebrated its 20th anniversary in December 2016 and released on that year the HASO4 Broadband, highly innovating HASO offering high performance on the 400-1100nm bandwidth.
2017 upgrade of the R-Flex 50 allowing now multi-wavelength measurement in the visible and NIR.
Innovation in optical metrology and adaptive optics for science and industry.