Tutorials

Tutorials

Introduction to Positioning Equipment

This tutorial introduces opto-mechanical component design basics and will familiarize the reader with the issues that need consideration in the selection of the most commonly used tabletop …

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High Speed Detectors

There are many common parameters one considers when selecting a detector for a particular application. These include pulsewidth, bandwidth, responsivity, spectral sensitivity, noise …

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How the Picomotor Actuator Works

The Picomotor's actuator relies on the basic difference between dynamic and static friction. A graphic example of this is the “tablecloth trick,” in which a quick pull of the cloth …

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Insights Into Swept-Wavelength Characterization of Passive Fiber-Optic Components

Building a swept-wavelength system requires a tunable laser source, the device under test, power sensors, and a data-acquisition system. The swept-wavelength method for high-resolution …

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Manual Positioning Basics

The function of a translation stage is to constrain motion to a desired direction. For a linear stage, the desired motion is along an ideal straight line. Any motion in constrained …