Kicking step-by-step drive for the adjustment of micro-optical elements
An effective and universally useful means of adjustment in the realm of precision engineering and optics become possible with the realization of a new driving mechanism. In contrast to traditional adjustment methods, the mechanical component will be situated in its final position before the start of the adjustment process. Specific mechanical impulses generated be a striking mechanism are transmitted either directly to the mechanical component or indirectly to its housing (carrier). This results in minute linear motions or fine angular motions caused by the stick-slip-effect. The following paper explains the preliminary results of our theory and our experiments. A prototype of the electro-mechanical striking mechanism has been researched and developed by the Fraunhofer Institution for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Jena, Germany. PC-based algorithm software allows fast and exact positioning for precision engineering and micro-optical components. The described arrangement mak es possible step-by-step adjusting movements with the minimum resolution of the steps to 0.5 arcsec.