Journal article

Phase-Shift Master-Slave Mechanisms for High Angular-Speed Wedge-Prism Systems

Laser micro-machining requires high dynamic laser spot trajectory and accuracy to control the laser beam scanning. A well-known technique to scan a laser beam over a specimen is to use a pair of wedge-prisms. However, it is difficult to master-slave the phase-shift between two rotating prisms at high angular-speed. We present here two drive mechanisms that decouple the phase-shift control and the angular-speed control. These mechanisms simplify the required control architecture and are suitable to achieve a high-dynamic trajectory. These concepts are based on differential timing belts and gears mechanisms that modify the phase-shift between the prisms without interrupting the rotation. This article focuses on the kinematic and mechanical design aspects of such mechanisms.


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