2 July 1999 Diffractive-optics-based micromirror scanning system
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Most laser projectors for LADAR systems are limited to small scan angles as they utilize acousto-optic devices, spatial light modulators, or fine-steering mirrors for beam steering. Additionally, the projected beam is usually circular and Gaussian. In order to improve the functionality of such systems, MEMS-based mirrors and diffractive optics may be used. This paper describes Digital Optics Corporation's work in developing and demonstrating a novel LADAR scanning system that incorporates a MEMS scanning mirror coupled with diffractive optical elements in a compact breadboard system. The MedCam MEMS mirror has been demonstrated with a 2D scan mode across large scan angles. The MEMS mirror system is experimentally compared to a Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator based system. The diffractive elements generate spot arrays or other patterns that are more conductive to target detection schemes that an ordinary gaussian beam shape.
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John Barnett Hammond, Thomas J. Suleski, Eric G. Johnson, Charles S. Koehler, John E. Childers, Michael M. Johnson, "Diffractive-optics-based micromirror scanning system", Proc. SPIE 3787, Optical Scanning: Design and Application, (2 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351634; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.351634


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