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Optical Engineering

Optical Profile Transducer
Author(s): Takeo Sawatari; Richard B. Zipin
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Paper Abstract

A noncontacting optical transducer, which measures the profile of machined surfaces, was constructed and tested. The profile transducer consists of a microscope objective, a point-source illuminator, and two photodetectors. The dynamic range of the instrument is typically 500 microinches with an accuracy of better than 10 microinches. The output of this transducer is a profile signal along a line on the surface under examination. The profile of a machined surface obtained by the optical-transducer correlates very well with that obtained by a mechanical Proficorder which uses a diamond stylus. Principles of operation, results of various performance tests, and potential applications of the optical-transducer are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1979
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 18(2) 182222 doi: 10.1117/12.7972354
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 18, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Takeo Sawatari, Bendix Research Laboratories (United States)
Richard B. Zipin, Bendix Automation & Measurement Division (United States)


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