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Design of a discrete scan laser focusing system with a ring grating scan element
Author(s): J. Michael Rodgers
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Paper Abstract

An optical system application required a high speed laser scanning subsystem that produced high quality extended images focused at 32 discrete separated positions along a line, rather than continuously varying positions along the line as in more familiar scanning systems. This paper describes the optical design trades and selection of a grating-based scan element that produces this unusual type of scan, and the optical design methods that corrected aberrations produced by the scan element. A variety of different grating-based scan element designs were explored, in a flat disk geometry, but these produced excessive aberrations, both in the absolute level and in the magnitude of variation with scan. A ring-shaped scan element geometry was identified, which greatly minimized the scan-varying aberrations and brought them to near acceptable levels. Additional cylindrical corrector elements were added near the ring scan element to reduce the astigmatism of the ring substrate, and cylindrical lenslets were placed near the focus to provide further independent correction of astigmatism in each scan position. The resulting design achieved diffraction limited wavefront quality across the scan range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7060, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering IX, 70600N (29 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.796716
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J. Michael Rodgers, Optical Research Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7060:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering IX
Pantazis Z Mouroulis; Warren J. Smith; R. Barry Johnson, Editor(s)

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