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Multiple diode laser polygon raster output scanner design
Author(s): Susan E. Dunn; Kenneth R. Ossman
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Paper Abstract

The usual xerographic polygon raster output scanner (ROS) design is a set of compromises among speed, image quality, reliability and cost. The design solution presented here pushes the ROS print speed and quality boundaries well beyond the desktop printer while keeping cost low. A dual diode laser source is used to simultaneously write two high resolution, high contrast scan lines that are offset in the cross-scan plane in an underfilled polygon embodiment. The benefits of a dual diode laser design are the high print rate with a low motor polygon assembly (MPA) speed; each beam power is half of that required of a single source; and the electronic data transfer rates are reduced by a factor of two. As the number of sources increases clearly so do these benefits. Reliable and cost effective MPA speeds are limited to less than 30,000 rpm. Multiple diode laser sources impose additional design constraints over single laser sources. The demanding image quality specifications of single laser ROS designs such as spot size and shape, wobble, bow and scan linearity must be achieved while managing new, multiple laser characteristics such as line separation and differential bow. Appropriate compromises of individual image quality parameters must always be made in order to achieve a system design that meets all of the image quality specifications over a reasonable depth of focus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3131, Optical Scanning Systems: Design and Applications, (7 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277763
Show Author Affiliations
Susan E. Dunn, Xerox Corp. (United States)
Kenneth R. Ossman, Xerox Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3131:
Optical Scanning Systems: Design and Applications
Leo Beiser; Stephen F. Sagan, Editor(s)

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