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Title: Reliable and Repeatable Characterization of Optical Streak Cameras

Abstract

Optical streak cameras are used as primary diagnostics for a wide range of physics and laser performance verification experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). To meet the strict accuracy requirements needed for these experiments, the systematic nonlinearities of the streak cameras (attributed to nonlinearities in the optical and electronic components that make up the streak camera system) must be characterized. In some cases the characterization information is used as a guide to help determine how experiment data should be taken. In other cases the characterization data is used to “correct” data images, to remove some of the nonlinearities. In order to obtain these camera characterizations, a specific data set is collected where the response to specific known inputs is recorded. A set of analysis software routines has been developed to extract information such as spatial resolution, dynamic range, temporal resolution, etc., from this data set. The routines are highly automated, requiring very little user input and thus provide very reliable and repeatable results that are not subject to interpretation. An emphasis on quality control has been placed on these routines due to the high importance of the camera characterization information.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Security Technologies, LLC
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE - National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
926226
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-383
TRN: US0804735
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 17th Topical Conference: High Temperature Plasma Diagnostics; Albuquerque, NM; May 2008
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ACCURACY; CAMERAS; LASERS; PERFORMANCE; PHYSICS; PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS; QUALITY CONTROL; RESOLUTION; SPATIAL RESOLUTION; STREAK CAMERAS; US NATIONAL IGNITION FACILITY; VERIFICATION; optical streak camera; National Ignition Facility; NIF

Citation Formats

Michael R. Charest, Peter Torres III, Christopher Silbernagel. Reliable and Repeatable Characterization of Optical Streak Cameras. United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
Michael R. Charest, Peter Torres III, Christopher Silbernagel. Reliable and Repeatable Characterization of Optical Streak Cameras. United States.
Michael R. Charest, Peter Torres III, Christopher Silbernagel. Sat . "Reliable and Repeatable Characterization of Optical Streak Cameras". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/926226.
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abstractNote = {Optical streak cameras are used as primary diagnostics for a wide range of physics and laser performance verification experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). To meet the strict accuracy requirements needed for these experiments, the systematic nonlinearities of the streak cameras (attributed to nonlinearities in the optical and electronic components that make up the streak camera system) must be characterized. In some cases the characterization information is used as a guide to help determine how experiment data should be taken. In other cases the characterization data is used to “correct” data images, to remove some of the nonlinearities. In order to obtain these camera characterizations, a specific data set is collected where the response to specific known inputs is recorded. A set of analysis software routines has been developed to extract information such as spatial resolution, dynamic range, temporal resolution, etc., from this data set. The routines are highly automated, requiring very little user input and thus provide very reliable and repeatable results that are not subject to interpretation. An emphasis on quality control has been placed on these routines due to the high importance of the camera characterization information.},
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