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Compact, low-power precision beam-steering mirror
Author(s): Herman DeWeerd
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Paper Abstract

Attention is given to a family of single-mirror two-axis beam steering systems (TABS) developed for fine pointing control of an optical beam. The requirement is to control the line of sight of the optical system on board such a platform with sufficient bandwidth to overcome the perturbations and thus maintain the laser communication link between two satellites. The armature is supported on its center of gravity on a gimble. A balanced design is achieved with the mirror and tachometer magnets on one side of the gimbal and the torque magnets on the other. A negative magnetic spring constant which compensates for the angular restraining effects of the flexure bearings without any radial stiffness consequences is incorporated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1454, Beam Deflection and Scanning Technologies, (1 February 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.28031
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Herman DeWeerd, General Scanning, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1454:
Beam Deflection and Scanning Technologies
Leo Beiser; Gerald F. Marshall, Editor(s)

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