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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2014
  • pp: 3712–3722

Inverse solutions for tilting orthogonal double prisms

Anhu Li, Ye Ding, Yongming Bian, and Liren Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 17, pp. 3712-3722 (2014)

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An analytical reverse solution and actual examples are given to show how to direct a laser beam from a pair of orthogonal prisms to given targets in free space. Considering the influences of double-prism structural parameters, a lookup table method to seek the numerical reverse solution of each prism’s tilting angle is also proposed for steering the double-prism orientation to track a target position located in the near field. Some case studies, as well as a specified elliptical target trajectory scanned by the cam-based driving double prisms, exhibit the significant application values of the theoretical derivation. The analytic reverse and numerical solutions can be generalized to investigate the synthesis of scanning patterns and the controlling strategy of double-prism tilting motion, the potentials of which can be explored to perform the orientation and position tracking functions in applications of precision engineering fields.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(120.5800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scanners
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 6, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 6, 2014
Published: June 9, 2014

Anhu Li, Ye Ding, Yongming Bian, and Liren Liu, "Inverse solutions for tilting orthogonal double prisms," Appl. Opt. 53, 3712-3722 (2014)

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