MIT Microvision and Testbed
Here are recent (December 2003) instructions for using the Microvision system.
As part of the DARPA sponsored Matisse Project, the Microvision system is connected to the SuperNET to allow for remote use. An increase in remote users may require a more defined usage policy.
To use the Microvision system, you must have an account created on cm-1 through Gripe. In addition, you can ask for your own directory to be created in the cm-1 /home/ directory to save data on the local hard drive. When you log into the machine, you'll go to your AFS ECE home directory. Initially, your shell for cm-1 will be set to /usr/local/bin/bash. You must change this to /bin/tcsh using the command 'chsh'. In your AFS ECE .login or .login.local file, you must add the two following lines...
end of microvision setupAnother check is to type 'echo "$MICRO"' to see that it returns the path.A few people have experienced problems with the windows environment. If the 'startx' commands fails, work with Gripe to fix the problem.Access to LabView would require a separate account on memslab2. A testbed VI is still in development.
Command: The command to start the Microvision software on cm-1 is 'cmacq'. (The command for the windows environment is 'startx'.)User's Guide: A somewhat outdated user's guide is available at http://umech.mit.edu/cm/cmui.pdf. The user interface has changed some since then. It should be noted that one should SKIP the 'Sample Image' button and instead use 'Watch Motion'. There is some conflict in using both.Tutorial: Another tutorial is available at http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~mems/projects/matisse/crableg1.shtml. The first part of the tutorial discusses the design of the resonator; the second part discusses the testing using the Microvision system.The document micro_demo_script.pdf may serve as a tutorial on using the MIRAU system. This was used as a demo for a Matisse project DARPA presentation.Koehler Illumination: Aligning for Koehler Illumination: The LED must be aligned for Koehler illumination whenever it is replaced. The procedure is explained in the document micro_koehler.pdf. Note: The standard operating voltage for the LED appears to be 2.85V. If it is necessary to test the LED using an external power supply, limit the applied voltage to near this value. PZT Controller:The PZT controller can be adjusted by zeroing. There is a small hole labeled 'Zero' with a screw inside. With the cables disconnected, the voltage can be adjusted to shift the value.Objectives: The objectives should be handled with care, especially when removing them from the PZT. A piece of rubber (one may be found in the Microvision toolbox) may help in loosening an objective.LED: The LED is replaced by soldering a new LED onto the LED circuit board. This circuit board is located within the LED housing on the back of the microscope. Great care must be taken in doing this. Aligning the LED is easier if it is soldered in place flat on the board.
A few memos (working documents) avialable from MIT at http://www-mtl.mit.edu/research/MEMS/memos/docs.html. These should be used for reference and are not considered publications.
Instructions in pdf form (John Neumann, CMU December 2003).
See above for links to user guides, tutorials, and memos.The Matisse project page is at http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~mems/projects/matisse/matisse.shtml.
Dr. Hasnain Lakdawala (PhD, 2002) developed the phase unwrapping code for use with the MIRAU lens.
John Ramsey (MS, 2002) worked with the Matise Project during the 2001-2002 academic year.
John Neuman set up much of this help page in 2002
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