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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 experiments at facilities such as 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 electrical 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 are applied to the raw data images to correct for the nonlinearities. In order to characterize an optical streak camera, a specific set of data is collected, where the response to defined inputs are recorded. A set of analysis software routines has been developed to extract information such as spatial resolution, dynamic range, and temporal resolution 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 (NA)
OSTI Identifier:
942228
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-468
TRN: US0900705
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Conference
Journal Name:
Review of Scientific Instruments
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 79; Journal Issue: 10; Conference: 17th Topical Conference: High-Temperatura Plasma Diagnostics; Albuquerque, New Mexico; May 11-15, 2008
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ACCURACY; CAMERAS; LASERS; PHYSICS; PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS; QUALITY CONTROL; RESOLUTION; SPATIAL RESOLUTION; STREAK CAMERAS; US NATIONAL IGNITION FACILITY; fusion reactor ignition, plasma diagnostics, standardization, streak cameras, calibration

Citation Formats

Michael Charest Jr., Peter Torres III, Christopher Silbernagel, and Daniel Kalantar. Reliable and Repeatable Characterization of Optical Streak Cameras. United States: N. p., 2008. Web. doi:10.1063/1.2973327.
Michael Charest Jr., Peter Torres III, Christopher Silbernagel, and Daniel Kalantar. Reliable and Repeatable Characterization of Optical Streak Cameras. United States. doi:10.1063/1.2973327.
Michael Charest Jr., Peter Torres III, Christopher Silbernagel, and Daniel Kalantar. Fri . "Reliable and Repeatable Characterization of Optical Streak Cameras". United States. doi:10.1063/1.2973327. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/942228.
@article{osti_942228,
title = {Reliable and Repeatable Characterization of Optical Streak Cameras},
author = {Michael Charest Jr., Peter Torres III, Christopher Silbernagel, and Daniel Kalantar},
abstractNote = {Optical streak cameras are used as primary diagnostics for a wide range of physics and laser experiments at facilities such as 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 electrical 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 are applied to the raw data images to correct for the nonlinearities. In order to characterize an optical streak camera, a specific set of data is collected, where the response to defined inputs are recorded. A set of analysis software routines has been developed to extract information such as spatial resolution, dynamic range, and temporal resolution 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.},
doi = {10.1063/1.2973327},
journal = {Review of Scientific Instruments},
number = 10,
volume = 79,
place = {United States},
year = {2008},
month = {10}
}

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