MZA provides advanced solutions for a variety of technical problems. We support advanced simulation and analysis, optical design and implementation, and data acquisition, analysis, and management. You can see a summary capabilities briefing and the detailed links below. For information about our products (e.g. Wavetrain), please refer to the Products Tab.
Adaptive Dynamic Range Wavefront Sensor (ADRWFS)
On March 16, 2004 the United States Patent Office awarded MZA patent number 6,707,020 for the Adaptive Dynamic Range Wavefront Sensor (ADRWFS). The device is an adaptation of a Hartmann wavefront sensor that increases the dynamic range by more than a factor of five without reducing the sensor's accuracy. Bob Praus and Daniel Eastman invented the concept in the fall of 1998. You can view the full text of the patent at the U.S. Patent Office's website, a pdf of the patent, the online documentation or contact MZA for more information (March 2004).
Image Capture System (ICS)
Using off-the-shelf hardware and our user-friendly graphical user interface, the ICS allows the high-speed capture and recording of CCD camera data. We have demonstrated the use of the ICS to record up to 2,900 frames per second from a 64x64 Dalsa area scan camera. A basic system costs less than $25,000. You can view the online documentation.
Matlab ODBC Interface (MODBC)
We developed software which interfaces Matlab with ODBC-compliant databases. We provide a direct mapping between Matlab structures and database tables. The software is flexible and efficient and has been written with large volume applications in mind. You can view a slide show.
Data Acquisition and Control Client/Server Applications
Using a variety of technologies, MZA developed a sophisticated client-server system for monitoring and control of data acquisition systems at North Oscura Peak. The system provides numerous benefits including allowing remote control of devices, multicast-based data visualization, and rapid application development.