Electronics Laboratory



Bob Glusick
August 11, 2004 

LASER Beam Steering Device
September, 1969

 This project utilized one E Lab technology (piezo-ceramics)  to leverage a second (laser application). Dr. Steve Tehon's piezo-electric ceramic bender elements (cousins to sonar transducers)  were combined to build a laser beam steering device for Gordon Jacobs' laser program.

The overview photo shows the beam steerer scanning a laser beam in a spiral pattern. The intermediate photo shows the steering mechanism, and the detail picture show the detail of the "tipping" mirror. In the detail photo, you can see that a small light weight mirror was supported in the center of 6 equally spaced piezo-electric transducers.  

The design goal was to achieve the most rapid 2 dimensional steering possible. This required minimum moving mass, distributed drive energy among a large number of transducers, and control the dynamic response of the resulting assembly. 4 transducers operating on X-Y coordinates were not quite strong enough, so 6 were utilized. This created the need for a 3 phase electrical driving scheme, which was realized with a Scott-T transformer connection between the X-Y power drive amplifiers, and the transducers. 


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