24 October 2000 Vibration-stable ultraprecision optical adjustment Mono-Ball mechanism
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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.
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Alan D. Bell, Benjamin Joffe, "Vibration-stable ultraprecision optical adjustment Mono-Ball mechanism", Proc. SPIE 4093, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Systems Engineering, (24 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405208; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.405208
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