Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference - Adaptive Structures Forum 1993
Conference paper

New differential laser interferometer/vibrometer for nanometer structural displacement/vibration measurements


A dual beam differential laser interferometer/vibrometer measurement system was developed for studying the steady-state and dynamic behaviors of light-weight high performance mechanical systems. This newly developed optical system employs many optical and mechanical design tactics to achieve design targets such as nanometer displacement accuracy, ease of use, capability of measuring untreated structural surfaces, high measurement bandwidth, large dynamic range, etc. Both the optical/mechanical configurations and the design approaches adopted are discussed in detail. A flying slider and thin-film disk system currently used in the disk drive industry was used as the testbed to verify the capabilities of this newly developed nanometer structural displacement/velocity measurement system.