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Miniaturized fiber optic 3D mapping system
Author(s): Timothy L. Pennington; Ming Luo; Hai Xiao; Anbo Wang
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Paper Abstract

3D mapping has many applications including robot navigation, medical diagnosis and industrial inspection. However, many applications remain unfilled due to the large size and complex nature of typical 3D mapping systems. This paper describes a 3D mapping system being developed by the Photonics Laboratory at Virginia Polytechnic Institute which uses a fiber optic coupler as a fringe generator or grid projector-in essence forming a Young's Double Pinhole interferometer. Two significant benefits are derived from this arrangement. First, the fringe projector is much smaller than what is currently used allowing this system to be used where others cannot. Second, the laser source can be remotely located from the fringe generator, hence further reducing the size of the sensor head without loss of optical power. The system design, mathematical model, calibration procedures and initial results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 January 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3538, Process Monitoring with Optical Fibers and Harsh Environment Sensors, (11 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.335765
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Timothy L. Pennington, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Ming Luo, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Hai Xiao, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Anbo Wang, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3538:
Process Monitoring with Optical Fibers and Harsh Environment Sensors
Michael A. Marcus; Michael A. Marcus; Anbo Wang, Editor(s)

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