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Title: Performance of CID camera X-ray imagers at NIF in a harsh neutron environment

Charge-injection devices (CIDs) are solid-state 2D imaging sensors similar to CCDs, but their distinct architecture makes CIDs more resistant to ionizing radiation.1–3 CID cameras have been used extensively for X-ray imaging at the OMEGA Laser Facility4,5 with neutron fluences at the sensor approaching 109 n/cm2 (DT, 14 MeV). A CID Camera X-ray Imager (CCXI) system has been designed and implemented at NIF that can be used as a rad-hard electronic-readout alternative for time-integrated X-ray imaging. This paper describes the design and implementation of the system, calibration of the sensor for X-rays in the 3 – 14 keV energy range, and preliminary data acquired on NIF shots over a range of neutron yields. The upper limit of neutron fluence at which CCXI can acquire useable images is ~ 108 n/cm2 and there are noise problems that need further improvement, but the sensor has proven to be very robust in surviving high yield shots (~ 1014 DT neutrons) with minimal damage.
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  1. LLNL
  2. NSTec
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Journal Name: Proceedings of SPIE, Target Diagnostics Physics and Engineering for Inertial Confinement Fusion II; Journal Volume: 8850; Conference: SPIE 2013 Optics + Photonics, August 25-29, 2013, San Diego, CA
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Nevada Test Site/National Security Technologies, LLC (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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United States
CID, charge-injection device, X-ray imaging, CCXI, neutron fluence, radiation hardness, NIF, National Ignition Facility