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Double Arm Linkage precision Linear motion (DALL) Carriage, a simplified, rugged, high performance linear motion stage for the moving mirror of an Fourier Transform Spectrometer or other system requiring precision linear motion
Author(s): Kendall B. Johnson; Greg Hopkins
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Paper Abstract

The Double Arm Linkage precision Linear motion (DALL) carriage has been developed as a simplified, rugged, high performance linear motion stage. Initially conceived as a moving mirror stage for the moving mirror of a Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS), it is applicable to any system requiring high performance linear motion. It is based on rigid double arm linkages connecting a base to a moving carriage through flexures. It is a monolithic design. The system is fabricated from one piece of material including the flexural elements, using high precision machining. The monolithic design has many advantages. There are no joints to slip or creep and there are no CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion) issues. This provides a stable, robust design, both mechanically and thermally and is expected to provide a wide operating temperature range, including cryogenic temperatures, and high tolerance to vibration and shock. Furthermore, it provides simplicity and ease of implementation, as there is no assembly or alignment of the mechanism. It comes out of the machining operation aligned and there are no adjustments. A prototype has been fabricated and tested, showing superb shear performance and very promising tilt performance. This makes it applicable to both corner cube and flat mirror FTS systems respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10371, Optomechanical Engineering 2017, 103710G (23 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274648
Show Author Affiliations
Kendall B. Johnson, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Greg Hopkins, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10371:
Optomechanical Engineering 2017
Alson E. Hatheway; David M. Stubbs, Editor(s)

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