Abstract

We describe a practical device for deviating a transmitted light beam up to several degrees. It keeps the pivot point on the original axis and can offer more sensitive angular control than conventional mirror mounts.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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  1. H. Cox, “Optical Adjusting Device,” U.S. Patent1,735,108, issued Nov.12, 1929.
  2. F. J. Merkel, “Variable Optical Wedge.” U.S. Patent3,253.525, issued May31, 1966.
  3. E. J. Donelan, “Optical Scanner for use in Confined Areas,” U.S. Patent4,436,260. issued March13, 1984.
  4. D. M. Swain et al., Two-axis Beam Steering Apparatus.” U.S. Patent4,961,627, issued Oct.9, 1990.

Cox, H.

H. Cox, “Optical Adjusting Device,” U.S. Patent1,735,108, issued Nov.12, 1929.

Donelan, E. J.

E. J. Donelan, “Optical Scanner for use in Confined Areas,” U.S. Patent4,436,260. issued March13, 1984.

Merkel, F. J.

F. J. Merkel, “Variable Optical Wedge.” U.S. Patent3,253.525, issued May31, 1966.

Swain, D. M.

D. M. Swain et al., Two-axis Beam Steering Apparatus.” U.S. Patent4,961,627, issued Oct.9, 1990.

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H. Cox, “Optical Adjusting Device,” U.S. Patent1,735,108, issued Nov.12, 1929.

F. J. Merkel, “Variable Optical Wedge.” U.S. Patent3,253.525, issued May31, 1966.

E. J. Donelan, “Optical Scanner for use in Confined Areas,” U.S. Patent4,436,260. issued March13, 1984.

D. M. Swain et al., Two-axis Beam Steering Apparatus.” U.S. Patent4,961,627, issued Oct.9, 1990.

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Figure 1

Adjustable wedge; using a plano-convex and plano-concave lens with equal curvatures in lubricated contact, positioned to deviate the transmitted beam upward. C is the common center of curvature.

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Figure 2

A two-axis zero-offset refractive beam aligner, again deviating a beam upward.

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