Optical: systems and elements – Deflection using a moving element – Using a periodically moving element
C359S205100, C358S474000, C358S483000, C399S199000
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The invention relates in general to an optical scanner, and more particularly, to an optical scanner that may assemble different lens designs for changing focus and resolution.
2. Description of the Related Art
The conventional optical scanner (referring to
) comprises a light source
, a reflection compound mirror
, an object lens
and an optical sensor, such as a charge coupled device (CCD)
. While scanning, the light source
radiates on the document
, an image light is obtained via reflection or transmission. The reflection compound mirror
is comprised of several reflection mirrors (
) located along the optical path. Therefore, the image of the document
is incident to the reflection compound mirror
. Being reflected by the reflection compound mirror
, the image is transmitted to the objective lens
. The objective lens can receive the image of the document
transmitted from the reflection compound mirror
, and display such image in the charge coupled device
The conventional objective lens is designed by simulation software according to the requirements of resolution, total track (TT), magnification and modulation transfer function (MTF) provided by the client. The factors of lens, material, curvature, number of lenses, size, and length of the objective lens are thus determined. The sample is then fabricated, and the inspection of the sample and simulation are performed. For example, the objective lens
of 600 dpi as shown in
is normally formed of three lenses. The objective lens
of 1200 dpi as shown in
is normally formed of four lenses.
According to the above, the conventional design of the objective lens has to meet the specification requirements including the resolution, the total track, the magnification and the modulation transfer function. For different specification requirements, a new objective lens has to be designed. Alternatively, the specification of the current optical scanner has to be changed.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The invention provides an objective compound lens design that may change the focus and resolution without a redesign. By appropriately designing the basic objective lens and incorporating it with various compound lenses, the required resolution and specification can be obtained.
The object compound lens structure may change the focus and resolution of the optical scanner by switching the object lenses.
The objective compound lens can be used in an optical scanner that comprises at least a light source, a reflection compound mirror and an optical sensor. A light source is used to radiate a document to obtain an image light. The objective compound lens is located along the optical path of the image light between the optical sensor and the reflection compound mirror. The object compound lens comprises a basic object lens and at least a compound lens. The compound lens can be adjacent to or detached from the basic objective lens. Or alternatively, more than one compound lens can be installed on a seat and disposed between the basic objective lens and the reflection compound mirror. Via a driving device, the seat can be driven, and the compound lenses on the seat can be incorporated with the basic objective lens.
While connecting the compound lens with the basic objective lens, or incorporating the compound lens with the basic objective lens, the compound lens is located along the optical path of the image light between the basic objective lens and the reflection compound mirror. The optical scanner can thus have different resolutions. Without incorporating the compound lens, the image light can be projected to the optical sensor via the basic objective lens only, so that only a basic resolution is obtained.
Both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and explanatory only and are not restrictive of the invention, as claimed.
patent: 5576897 (1996-11-01), Kuo
patent: 5883727 (1999-03-01), Tsai
J. C. Patents
Umax Data Systems Inc.
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