Abstract

A new scanning mechanism for changing long optical paths is proposed. This mechanism consists of corner reflectors arranged equally upon a disk and an outer mirror. Rotating the 120-mmϕ disk cases a long-optical-path change in each reflector with a near linearity of more than 40 mm. An optical coherence tomography system is described that confirms the usefulness of the proposed mechanism. Its operating characteristics and accuracy are evaluated by analysis and experiment. The deviation of the optical-path change is less than 1.52% at a reflector rotation angle of ±10°. A high-speed lock-in amplifier is utilized for fundamental measurements of glass samples.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (5)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription