Mirror galvanometer systems (galvos) are commonly employed in research and commercial applications in areas involving laser imaging, laser machining, laser-light shows, and others. Here, we present a robust, moderate-speed, and cost-efficient home-built galvo system. The mechanical part of this design consists of one mirror, which is tilted around two axes with multiple surface transducers. We demonstrate the ability of this galvo by scanning the mirror using a computer, via a custom driver circuit. The performance of the galvo, including scan range, noise, linearity, and scan speed, is characterized. As an application, we show that this galvo system can be used in a confocal scanning microscopy system.
Design and construction of a cost-efficient Arduino-based mirror galvanometer system for scanning optical microscopy
Jen-Feng Hsu, Shonali Dhingra, Brian D'Urso; Design and construction of a cost-efficient Arduino-based mirror galvanometer system for scanning optical microscopy. Am. J. Phys. 1 January 2017; 85 (1): 68–75. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4972046
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