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Wide-range high-resolution optical scanner for optical wireless communication and laser radar: laboratory experiment
Author(s): Anna Polishuk; Udi Peled; Motti Nissim; Michael Golub; Shlomi Arnon
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Paper Abstract

High resolution, wide range optical beam scanning methods are sought to meet the ever-increasing demands of optical wireless communication, printers, scanners and laser radar. In this paper we present a precise steering method with high angular resolution and a wide scanning range. The proposed beam-steering device is also, lightweight and compact, which are significant advantages in many applications. The scanning is implemented by means of a pair of diffraction gratings, which can be translated relative to one another, and a tunable-wavelength laser. Thus the beam is steered by the combined effect of two independent mechanisms. The agility of wavelength tuning enhances the performance of a grating-based device, while the sensitivity to chromatic aberrations is minimized by performing the coarse steering with the diffraction grating. The system performance is demonstrated experimentally and the results are reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5892, Free-Space Laser Communications V, 58921E (12 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.613334
Show Author Affiliations
Anna Polishuk, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Udi Peled, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Motti Nissim, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Michael Golub, Holo-Or Ltd. (Israel)
Shlomi Arnon, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5892:
Free-Space Laser Communications V
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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