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VISAR: line-imaging interferometer
Author(s): Willard F. Hemsing; Allen R. Mathews; Richard H. Warnes; Gerald R. Whittemore
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (VISAR) technique that extends velocity measurements from single points to a line. Single-frequency argon laser light was focused through a cylindrical lens to illuminate a line on a surface. The initially stationary flat surface was accelerated unevenly during the experiment. Motion produced a Doppler-shift of light reflected from the surface that was proportional to the velocity at each point. The Dopplershifted image of the illuminated line was focused from the surface through a pushpull VISAR interferometer where the light was split into four quadrature-coded images. When the surface accelerated the Doppler-shift caused the interference for each point on each line image to oscillate sinusoidally. Coherent fiber optic bundles transmitted images from the interferometer to an electronic streak camera for sweeping in time and recording on film. Data reduction combined the images to yield a continuous velocity and displacement history for all points on the surface that reflected sufficient light. The technique was demonsirated in an experiment where most of the surface was rapidly driven to a saddle shape by an exploding foil. Computer graphics were used to display the measured velocity history and to aid visualization of the surface motion. 1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1346, Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography, Videography, Photonics, and Velocimetry '90, (1 January 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.23342
Show Author Affiliations
Willard F. Hemsing, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Allen R. Mathews, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Richard H. Warnes, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Gerald R. Whittemore, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1346:
Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography, Videography, Photonics, and Velocimetry '90
Paul A. Jaanimagi; Barry T. Neyer; Larry L. Shaw, Editor(s)

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