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Microphotography of shocks in crystals
Author(s): Alan M. Frank
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Paper Abstract

Cameras and laser illuminators have been upgraded and combined into a coaxial streak and frame system. The argon laser illuminating the streak camera over the duration of the event is combined with the short pulsed dye laser for stop motion framing, using a polarization splitter. The combined beams are sent to the target, viewed by the same objective lens, then split by a second polarizing splitter and relayed to the appropriate cameras. A half-wave plate before the second splitter allows adjustable levels of light of each laser to be leaked to the opposite camera for fiducial purposes. A particular advantage of this arrangement is that both the laser beams are tailored and aimed separately. The dye laser is spatially filtered and focused to cover the frame. The argon laser is focused to a line on the target which is then imaged to the streak camera slit. The ability to see the focal line of the argon laser on the frame camera allows precise collocation of the fields of view of the two cameras.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1801, 20th International Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics, (1 January 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.145757
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Alan M. Frank, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1801:
20th International Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics
John Marks Dewey; Roberto G. Racca, Editor(s)

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