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Vibration-stable ultraprecision optical adjustment Mono-Ball mechanism
Author(s): Alan D. Bell; Benjamin Joffe
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Paper Abstract

ITT Industries has developed a precision optical adjustment mechanism capable of ultra-precision adjustment in microradian increments. The success of the Mono-Ball mechanism is its ability to maintain registration after sustaining harsh vibration and thermal environments. This technical paper will detail the Mono-Ball mechanism's opto- mechanical configuration. Supporting test data demonstrates the device's performance in thermal and vibration environments. This lightweight mechanism was developed for use in spaceflight earth weather observing instruments. However, the Mono-Ball mechanism may be used in numerous optical applications that require ultra-precision adjustment. Although the Mono-Ball mechanism is patent pending, this paper presents an overview of the engineering principals utilized in precision mechanisms that the reader may be able to utilize in his or her design project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4093, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Systems Engineering, (24 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405208
Show Author Affiliations
Alan D. Bell, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Benjamin Joffe, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4093:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Systems Engineering
Robert E. Fischer; Robert E. Fischer; R. Barry Johnson; Warren J. Smith; Warren J. Smith; William H. Swantner, Editor(s)

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