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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1389–1398

Theoretical and experimental determination of steering mechanism for Risley prism systems

Yafei Lu, Yuan Zhou, Mo Hei, and Dapeng Fan  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 7, pp. 1389-1398 (2013)

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Two different analytical methods, the first-order paraxial approximation method and the nonparaxial ray tracing method, are applied to determine the steering mechanism of the Risley prism system, including the pointing prediction and the complete and exact inverse orientation solutions. The analytical results obtained with the two different methods are investigated in detail about the pointing prediction and the two groups of inverse orientation solutions, respectively. Risley prism equipment for wide angular range beam scanning is assembled and the experimental setup is built to test the steering mechanism of the Risley prism system. Experimental results validate the availability of the nonparaxial ray tracing method to discuss the beam steering mechanism for the Risley prism system.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 8, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2013
Published: February 22, 2013

Yafei Lu, Yuan Zhou, Mo Hei, and Dapeng Fan, "Theoretical and experimental determination of steering mechanism for Risley prism systems," Appl. Opt. 52, 1389-1398 (2013)

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