Welcome to the Lightweight Optics Lab. We aim to develop technology required for a future that is increasingly reliant on space infrastructure for communication, understanding our planet, exploration, and astronomy.

Check out our latest publication: https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.456679

We present a promising new method of accurately figuring thin mirrors, called Ultrafast Laser Stress Figuring.


New paper by MIT and Chalifoux: https://doi.org/10.1364/OPTICA.445379

This paper describes a precise method of creating Stress Tensor Mesostructures, which are lithographically-patterned film structures that produce a desired state and distribution of stress for accurately shaping thin substrates.