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Rev Sci Instrum. 2017 Jun;88(6):065111. doi: 10.1063/1.4984125.

Optical derotator alignment using image-processing algorithm for tracking laser vibrometer measurements of rotating objects.

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School of Mechanical Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61005, South Korea.


An optical component called a Dove prism is used to rotate the laser beam of a laser-scanning vibrometer (LSV). This is called a derotator and is used for measuring the vibration of rotating objects. The main advantage of a derotator is that it works independently from an LSV. However, this device requires very specific alignment, in which the axis of the Dove prism must coincide with the rotational axis of the object. If the derotator is misaligned with the rotating object, the results of the vibration measurement are imprecise, owing to the alteration of the laser beam on the surface of the rotating object. In this study, a method is proposed for aligning a derotator with a rotating object through an image-processing algorithm that obtains the trajectory of a landmark attached to the object. After the trajectory of the landmark is mathematically modeled, the amount of derotator misalignment with respect to the object is calculated. The accuracy of the proposed method for aligning the derotator with the rotating object is experimentally tested.


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