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Effect of misalignment on rotating coupling efficiency of the Dove prism
Author(s): Dagong Jia; Changsong Yu; WenCcai Jing; Hongxia Zhang; Yimo Zhang
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Paper Abstract

In the optical rotary joints, the Dove Prism is employed to rotate an image about the optical axis and compensate optical path of optical signals so that the optical signals can be transferred across the rotating interface. However, manufacturing errors and assembling errors of Dove Prism will affect the coupling efficiency of Dove Prism. In this paper, the analytical expressions for errors of the rotating coupling efficiency are presented when the prism is manufactured with errors in its base angle and pyramidal angle. The analytical result showed that the coupling losses that arise from manufacturing errors would increase as the base angles deviate from the traditional value of 45° and the pyramidal angle increase. At the same time, the influence of assembling errors on coupling efficiency is also analyzed using the method of light ray tracing. The assembling errors of Dove Prism included angular tilt misalignment, height misalignment, and inclining misalignment. The results indicated that these misalignments cause the coupling efficiency of Dove Prism decreased. The coupling efficiency is more sensitive to the height misalignment and angular tilt misalignment than the inclining misalignment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6829, Advanced Materials and Devices for Sensing and Imaging III, 68290S (29 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.756669
Show Author Affiliations
Dagong Jia, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Changsong Yu, Tianjin Univ. (China)
WenCcai Jing, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Hongxia Zhang, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Yimo Zhang, Tianjin Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6829:
Advanced Materials and Devices for Sensing and Imaging III
Anbo Wang; Yimo Zhang; Yukihiro Ishii, Editor(s)

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