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  • TechSpec Optical Cage Systems
Sep 2012
Edmund Optics Inc.Request Info
BARRINGTON, N.J., Sept. 24, 2012 — Edmund Optics has introduced its TechSpec Cage System linear translation assemblies. Designed for modularity and flexibility, the optomechanical systems consist of precision rods and plates, allowing the user to construct custom, adaptable optomechanical component systems with options for modification.

The assemblies add linear translation to TechSpec Optical Cage System setups and are available in simple translation, using 6-mm rods and standard plates and ball bearing translation, with ball bearing slides for low friction. The compact design is configurable for ½- or 1-in. travel, and fine translation can be achieved with the addition of a micrometer drive.

The optical cage system is suitable for creating a Michelson interferometer because, with the cage system rods supporting the structure, only minimal alignment is needed in the optics’ tip-tilt mount and in the distance between the two mirrors and the beamsplitter.

A customized digital fluorescence microscope can be built with the systems’ components, allowing the user options with simple assembly. Magnification can be modified by changing objectives, and interchangeable filter holders make swapping filters easy. Custom illumination and a spectrometer also may be added.

An autocollimator can be assembled and aligned in a few short steps. Optics can be easily swapped out, enabling the user to quickly change the field of view and resolution. A camera also may be added in place of the eyepiece for image capture or video capability.

Suitable for prototyping and demonstration applications, the optical cage systems are durable and feature tight tolerances, and good rigidity and flexibility. They guarantee smooth movement, precision alignment and accuracy.


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A single instrument combining the functions of a telescope and a collimator to detect small angular displacements of a mirror by means of its own collimated light. It consists of a lens with an illuminated reticle. The reticle usually carries several parallel lines subtending known angles at the lens. An electronic autocollimator provides a continuous output voltage, the sign and amplitude of which are related to the angular displacement of the mirror.  
A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
The general term for the application of light to a subject. It should not be used in place of the specific quantity illuminance.
A kind of spectrograph in which some form of detector, other than a photographic film, is used to measure the distribution of radiation in a particular wavelength region.  
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