Tom Bifano Lab ImageActivities in the Bifano Research Laboratory  focus on design, manufacturing, and use of optical instruments, with a focus on shaping light using deformable mirrors (DMs). Our lab pioneered development DMs that improve resolution in telescopes, microscopes, and ophthalmoscopes, and that allow modulation of optical wavefronts for communication and beam forming.

Students in the lab work on design and modeling of new kinds of wavefront control devices, manufacturing technology development for MEMS optical components, real time wavefront control systems, and applications of adaptive optics and wavefront modulation in communication, imaging, and medical instrumentation. Professor Bifano is PI of the Neurophotonics Research Training Grant at BU, and is a Thrust Leader for the Engineering Research Center on Cellular Metamaterials.