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Laser-tracking interferometer system based on trilateration and a restriction on the position of its laser trackers
Author(s): Toshiyuki Takatsuji; Yoshihiko Koseki; Mitsuo Goto; Tomizo Kurosawa; Yoshihisa Tanimura
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Paper Abstract

To measure three dimensional coordinate we have been developing a laser tracking interferometer system (LTS). Four laser interferometers chase the movement of a target cat's eye and measure the change in distance between them. The position of the cat's eye is determined from the measured distances based on the principle of trilateration. Taking advantage of measurement redundancy produced by the fourth tracker, the position of the trackers and the initial position of the cat's eye can be estimated by a self-calibration algorithm. A restriction on the arrangement of the laser trackers to perform the self-calibration algorithm is theoretically studied. Finally a preliminary experiment was made to show the measurement error of about 40 micrometers for a 1 m measurement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3479, Laser Interferometry IX: Applications, (6 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316463
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Toshiyuki Takatsuji, National Research Lab. of Metrology (Japan)
Yoshihiko Koseki, Mechanical Engineering Lab. (Japan)
Mitsuo Goto, National Research Lab. of Metrology (Japan)
Tomizo Kurosawa, National Research Lab. of Metrology (Japan)
Yoshihisa Tanimura, National Research Lab. of Metrology (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3479:
Laser Interferometry IX: Applications
Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz; Gordon M. Brown; Werner P. O. Jueptner, Editor(s)

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