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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 3461–3472

Displacement sensor for indoor machine calibrations

Asloob Ahmad Mudassar and Saira Butt  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 15, pp. 3461-3472 (2013)

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This paper presents a simple displacement sensor for indoor machine calibrations. The sensor, which is placed in the path of a diverging laser beam, consists of two plane mirror pieces laterally displaced with the line joining their centers initially held perpendicular to the optical axis of the beam during the displacement of the sensor with one of the mirrors always traveling along the optical axis of the laser beam. The optical signals from the two mirrors are combined and a simple detector at the interference plane counts the fringes during the sensor displacement. The sensor could be mounted on the moving head of any mechanical machine, e.g., the lathe machine for displacement calibration. The device has been tested over a range of 10 cm beyond a distance of 150 cm from a diverging laser source giving an accuracy of 1.1015 μm. Theoretical modeling, simulation, and experimental results are presented which establish that the proposed sensor can be used as a promising displacement measuring device.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(120.4820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical systems

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: February 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2013
Published: May 14, 2013

Asloob Ahmad Mudassar and Saira Butt, "Displacement sensor for indoor machine calibrations," Appl. Opt. 52, 3461-3472 (2013)

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