The Laser Analyzing Autocollimator is a high-accuracy measurement instrument capable of resolution down to fractions of an arc-second.
The laser analyzing autocollimator can measure an incoming laser beams direction with respect to the autocollimators line of sight, as well as measuring the laser’s divergence and width. This instrument can simultaneously measure several beams coming from different directions. This is in addition to functioning as a conventional autocollimator, thus combining laser analyzing technology with angular reflection technology.
It features a built-in laser for coarse alignment, a base with leveling adjustments and bubble level and focusing adjustment. Because of its high-quality CCD detectors high sensitivity, even very faint back reflections will be captured and displayed.
When the Laser Analyzing Electronic Autocollimator is used as an autocollimator the unit has a 42-minute horizontal measurement range. In alignment telescope mode, the field of view is 84 minutes horizontally. The PLX Laser Analyzing Electronic Autocollimator has a 0.01 arc-second resolution and a focusing range from 30cm to infinity.
A unique feature of the Laser Analyzing Electronic Autocollimator is the ability to focus down to 30cm (12 inches) in the telescope mode. This capability allows the measurement of lateral displacements, as opposed to the autocollimator mode, which measures angular displacements.
The Laser Analyzing Electronic Autocollimator is designed as a complete system and is ready to use right out of the box.
The software suite automatically displays angle deviation and can give the relative position of multiple targets. Accessories for the Laser Analyzing Autocollimator include Hollow Retroreflectors, Lateral Transfer Hollow Retroreflectors (LTHRTM), Lateral Transfer Hollow Periscopes (LTHPTM), and Tool CubeTM. Applications for this type of autocollimator include
In addition to the applications below, the Laser Analyzing Autocollimator can be used for aligning optical elements to mechanical datums.
The Autocollimator/Telescope can be used for checking the accuracy of machine slides. To check the slides, mount a mirror to the machine table. The mirror is facing in the direction of travel. The autocollimator is aligned to the mirror, and the table is then moved either continuously or in discrete steps. Any error in the movement of the table shows up as the reticle image moving.
The electronic autocollimator can be used for testing various optical components. Some can be measured directly, and others would require the use of supplemental optics.
When using the autocollimator mode, it is important to understand the display readout. The autocollimator scale is set up to measure mirror tilt, not the beam angle. When a mirror is tilted, the reflected beam is deviated by twice the angle of the tilt.
Boresighting is the aligning of a targeting system or systems with the barrel of a weapon, or the co-alignment of different targeting systems (visible and infrared). Boresighting will typically require some additional set-up/equipment. This could take the form of an accurate translation stage or an LTHR or periscope possibly equipped with a beam splitter.
The set-up here is highly dependent on the configuration and number of objects being bore-sighted.
The software automatically displays angle deviation and can give the relative position of multiple targets.
Data logging is supported and can be configured to record for a predetermined time or a fixed number of data points. The recording interval can also be set. The data can be saved to a file or streamed to a remote location via RS-232 or TCP/IP. The communication setting for both RS-232 and TCP/IP is fully configurable from the software.
|Laser Type||CW & Pulsed|
|FoV Autocollimator||±40’ (H) x ±25’ (V)|
|FoV Telescope & Beam Profiler||±1°20’ (H) x ±50’ (V)|
|Autocollimator’s Resolution||0.01 sec|
|Autocollimator’s Accuracy||1.0 sec|
|Retroreflector for alignment||⌀64 mm, N.W 280 g Thread ⌀16 mm, <5”|
|Beam Divergence Measurements||Down to 0.2 mRad or better|
|Line of Sight Retention as Function of Focusing||±2.5 seconds|
|Min. Focusing Distance||Less than 17.5 cm|
|Built in coarse aiming Laser Pointer||638 nm power <1.0 mW Class 2 laser product, IEC60825-1|
|Beam width resolution||Better than 2.5 μrad|
|Spectral Response||350 - 1310 nm (Telescope Mode) VIS 400-700 nm NIR User specified|
|Resolution (H x V pixels)|
1920 x 1200
|Dynamic Range||60 dB , 12 bit|
|Exposure Speed||39 µsec to 20 sec|
|Frame Rate||40 fps (8 bit) 30 fps (12 bit) – up to 550 fps@ fast mode (NEW)|
|Sensor type||Proprietary CMOS|
|Beam divergence accuracy||±2%|
|Position resolution of laser beam||Better than 2.5 μrad|
|Pixel Size||5.86 µm x 5.86 µm|
|Pixel Bit Depth||8/12 bits|
|Background Subtraction||User activated|
|Pan & Tilt knobs||Large Pan, Tilt ±2.5°,|
|Power Requirements||~2 Watt (Via USB 3.0 interface)|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)mm||240 x 154 x 190|
|Weight (typical)||3 kg including cable|
|Min. Hardware Requirements||CPU i3 1.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM Min. Resolution 1366 x 766|
|Interface||USB 3.0, Windows 7/8/10 (32 & 64 bit)|
|Operating Temperature||0° – 35° C|
Metrology System for Inter-Alignment of Lasers, Telescopes, and Mechanical Datum: Poster Presentation at OPTIFAB.
Advances in sensor technology have opened the door to new measuring instruments, initiating the development of the new PLX, ACT-25 and ACT-HR Electronic Autocollimator and Alignment Telescope Systems.
The technology is based on autocollimation principles combining laser beam collimation and direction measurement, accurate telescopic measurement, focusing techniques with sophisticated software and computing techniques. Of special interest is the laser analyzing autocollimator since it combines laser-analyzing technology with angular reflection technology.
PLX’s "Metrology System for Inter-Alignment of Lasers, Telescopes, and Mechanical Datum” abstract / manuscript accepted at SPIE for inclusion in their Library of Technical Papers.
In modern scientific and industrial laser applications, inter-alignment of multiple optical devices is frequently a basic requirement to meet a certain specification and performance.
However, the designed optical system combining mechanical elements, lasers and optical sights in various wavelengths frequently deviates from specified