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Micro Resonant Scanner

Features and Advantages

  • ONE FIXED FREQUENCY from the range of 100 Hz to 1,000 Hz
  • Scan angle up to 50° peak-to-peak optical
  • Mirror size up to 12x7mm
  • Vertical or horizontal mounting
  • Small size and lightweight
  • Low power drive electronics
  • Rugged, no wearing parts
  • Maintenance free
  • High reliability
  • Withstands shock and vibration
  • High frequency stability (to 0.05%)
  • High/low temperature operation1
  • Vacuum operation (to 10-10 Torr)1
  • Jitter free operation
  • No radiated electromagnetic interference (EMI)
  • Mirror position output available
  • Glass mirrors with enhanced aluminum coating are standard, coating for IR and UV optional1
1 Available on special order

Product Options

Regular scanner. Dimensions (inches): 0.9 x 0.5 x 0.4
Short scanner. Dimensions (inches): 0.55 x 0.5 x 0.4
Higher frequency scanner. Dimensions (inches): 0.55 x 0.5 x 0.4
High frequency, small mirror and small scan angle scanner. Dimensions (inches): 0.55 x 0.5 x 0.4
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The SC-3 type sub-miniature fixed frequency resonant optical scanners is THE NON-MEMS VERY SMALL SIZE mechanical scanner available. It is an electromagnetically driven moving mirror device, which deflects a light beam with a continuous sinusoidal motion. The mirror assembly is attached at the center of a taut band spring. The scanning frequency range of the SC-3 type scanner, or of the smaller size version SC-3-SH, is from 100Hz to 1860Hz, fixed at any one value within the range. The scan angle is inversely proportional to the frequency, and is a function of the mirror size. The standard operating temperature is 0°C to +55°C. Other temperature range and vacuum operation are available upon request.

High device "Q" insures frequency stability and low electrical drive power. High flexural stiffness provides good resistance to shock and vibration, as well as low wobble, and good scan repeatability. Resonating at the natural frequency makes the device an excellent candidate for long life operation for a multitude of applications which require good imaging with minimal distortion. The scanner is especially suitable for dedicated, high volume, OEM industrial applications. The SC-3 type scanner can easily be incorporated in small size and portable instruments.

The operation of the scanner at the resonant frequency is sustained by a positive feedback amplifier type ED driver or the AGC driver. The AGC driver provides a higher amplitude stability (0.01%) and a position output signal.

Applications include: Can be used as an intra cavity Q-Switch, confocal microscopy, cancer diagnosis, ophthalmic imaging, adaptive optics, X-ray technology, DNA sequencing, brain imaging, detecting cognitive recognition, dentistry, dermatology, developmental biology, NDE/NDT, oncology and high resolution imaging of optical coherence microscopy (OCM), laser scanners, image and pattern forming and recognition, high resolution printing, fluorescent microscopy, confocal microscopy, semiconductor imaging, web inspection, biomedical imaging, quality inspection, process verification, mask inspection, machine vision and outer space and environmental to name a few.

ONE FIXED FREQUENCY from the range of 100Hz to 1000Hz. The following should serve as guidelines only.

SCAN ANGLE (P-P deg opt)MIRROR SIZE (mm)FREQ. (Hz +/-10%)
SC-3-250°6 dia250
SC-3-340°6 dia400
SC-3-430°6 dia600
SC-3-520°6 dia830

SC-3 size (in inches): 0.9 x 0.5 x 0.4
SC-3-SH size (in inches): 0.55 x 0.5 x 0.4
Scan frequency range: 100 Hz to 1000 Hz
Frequency accuracy: +/-10% at 25°C, closer accuracy available upon request
Scan angle: to 50° peak to peak optical as a function of frequency and mirror size.
Sizes: 6mm diameter, 7×7mm, 12×7mm
Thickness: 1.0mm, standard; other thickness values available
Flatness: 1/4 wavelength (for 6mm and 7x7mm mirrors), 1/2 wavelength for 12x7mm mirror
Surface quality: scratch and dig: 60-40.
Drive coil resistance: 950 ohms
Sense coil resistance: 950 ohms
Cable lengthof the SC-3-SH: 8 inches
Connector: female 4 pin plug on 0.1 inch centers, Molex P/N 22-01-3047 or equiv.

TYPE [SC-3 or SC-3-SH]; MIRROR SIZE [mm]; ANGLE [P-P Deg. optical]; FREQUENCY [Hz]
Example: PART NO. SC3-7x7-20-600. This part number specifies the model SC-3 scanner, a 7mm x 7mm mirror, a 20° peak to peak optical scan angle and a 600 Hz operating frequency.