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Micro-optic laser beam scanner
Author(s): M. Edward Motamedi; Angus P. Andrews; William J. Gunning III; Mohsen Khoshnevisan
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Paper Abstract

Laser beam scanners are used to modulate the direction of laser light, and are critical components of airborne and space-based LIDAR and optical communications systems. We report here a laser beam steering device design based on dithering two complementary (positive and negative) binary optic microlens arrays. When the two microlenses are translated relative to one another in the plane parallel to their surfaces, a light beam can be scanned and controlled in two directions. The first demonstration of this device concept was reported by Lincoln Laboratory. We have demonstrated a miniaturized version of this concept consisting of a pair of 6-mm-aperture binary optic microlens arrays designed for HeNe laser wavelength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1992, Miniature and Micro-Optics and Micromechanics, (15 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.165688
Show Author Affiliations
M. Edward Motamedi, Rockwell International Science Ctr. (United States)
Angus P. Andrews, Rockwell International Science Ctr. (United States)
William J. Gunning III, Rockwell International Science Ctr. (United States)
Mohsen Khoshnevisan, Rockwell International Science Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1992:
Miniature and Micro-Optics and Micromechanics
Neal C. Gallagher Jr.; Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Editor(s)

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