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Self-aligning pinhole system
Author(s): Evan D. Green; Alejandro D. Farinas; Andrew H. Cordes; Timothy Day
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Paper Abstract

A practical self-aligning pinhole (SAP) system, capable of actively aligning a pinhole to an incident optical beam, has been demonstrated. The enabling technology for the SAP is a silicon micromachined pinhole (SiMP). The SiMP is an example of a simple optical element fabricated from silicon in order to take advantage of both the mechanical structure allowed by micromachining technology and the electrical structures allowed by semiconductor technology. To complete the transformation from an enabling technology to a working system, development was necessary in packaging, mechanical mounting and operation, and algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2686, Integrated Optics and Microstructures III, (25 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236135
Show Author Affiliations
Evan D. Green, San Jose State Univ. (United States)
Alejandro D. Farinas, New Focus, Inc. (United States)
Andrew H. Cordes, New Focus, Inc. (United States)
Timothy Day, New Focus, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2686:
Integrated Optics and Microstructures III
Massood Tabib-Azar, Editor(s)

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