galvanometers 2D 2006
These pictures above show the setup. The left photo shows a close up of the two galvanometers mounted with rotational axes at right angles. The center photo shows the setup with the diode laser. The right photo shows my (sort of) optical bench to simplify beam paths and to allow connection to the power supply.
The pictures above show some of the many patterns produced. These are constantly moving due to the varying phase relationships and only "slow down" near an exact ratio.
The galvanometers can be connected to the output of a stereo amplifier with resulting scribbly patterns in time with the music.
The galvanometers setup for the argon laser. The beam passes to the two galvanometer mirrors on to a mirror (first surface) and then out through a diffraction grating (15000 lines per inch). This is only of interest with the argon laser as it is a multi-line laser with about 5 colors in one.
The argon laser setup indoors with the split beams and outdoors with some smoke.
The digital camera doesn't do justice to the violet and deep blue colors.
"Beam me up, Scotty" to far away galaxies... There are really dramatic effects by making a smoke tunnel with a circular beam when you are inside it. Particularly as it starts to close up on you.
The left photo shows the pen recorder unit. This would normally drive a pen on a moving roll of paper (like a seismograph). It is 1981 vintage and has offset, gain and calibration controls. Full scale deflection seems to be about 0.1V and frequency response seems to go up to about 70Hz. Sadly, I didn't pick up the second one. The right photo shows the beam from a 5mW red diode laser reflected by a mirror. The unit is fed from my frequency generator at about 70Hz and the result is a horizontal stripe.
The circular motion is simply me rotating the camera by hand with a 1 second exposure. This brings out the sine wave signal.
Laser Scanner 2006
The left photo shows the scanning unit and green laser. The right photo shows the addition of the fan and the replacement of the electronic motor with a crude belt drive.
The left photo shows my hand in front of the scanner. The center and right photos shows my hand moving through the scanner then out of the photo for the remainder of the 1 second exposure. Note how you can see through the hand.
These photos show a scans made by moving the scanner by hand, through a left to right then up and down sweep in a room.
A scan of a flower bed with identical frame.
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