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Laser Interferometer and Reciprocity Calibration of Accelerometers Using the NIST Super Shaker

Published

Author(s)

Beverly F. Payne

Abstract

The development of the NIST Super Shaker permits calibration of accelerometers by two independent and absolute methods on the same shaker. Minimizing the uncertainty of reciprocity calibrations imposes stringent requirements for distortion and cross-axis motion. Laser interferometer calibrations require very low coupling between the shaker and the interferometer components. The design of the Super Shaker provides for very low distortion and cross-motion with very low mechanical coupling between the shaker and optical components. The shaker is equipped with dual coils and two retractable magnets to provide for reciprocity measurements without attaching a driving shaker. These features enhance the convenience with which the Super Shaker can be used to perform both reciprocity and laser interferometer calibrations. This paper describes the shaker and calibration system and gives a comparison of calibration results from the two methods.
Proceedings Title
Proceeding of SPIE International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications
Volume
3411
Conference Dates
June 16-19, 1998
Conference Location
Ancona, IT
Conference Title
3rd International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications

Keywords

Accelerometer, Reciprocity calibration, Super-Shaker, Vibration
Created November 1, 1998, Updated February 19, 2017