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Temporal multiplexing for economical measurement of power versus time on NIF
Author(s): Stan W. Thomas; Robert D. Boyd; Donald T. Davis; Bob Hall
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Paper Abstract

We have designed an economical device to measure the power time history in the National Ignition Facility's 192 beam laser. The heart of the system is a commercial, high-speed, four-channel digitizer with a 15,000 point record length. Samples of several beams are taken with fiberoptic pickoffs, separated in time with appropriate fiberoptic delays and presented to high-speed vacuum photodiodes, which convert the samples to electrical signals for the digitizer. Amplitude and time multiplexing are used to cover the required dynamic range and to record 12 samples on the digitizer, making the cost per sample competitive with alternative approaches. Forty-eight digitizers can record the required three samples from each of the 192 beams. An additional similar but lower bandwidth system is used to record the backreflected light from the main laser amplifiers and elsewhere. The recording electronics are discussed in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3047, Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294246
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Stan W. Thomas, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Robert D. Boyd, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Donald T. Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Bob Hall, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3047:
Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference
Michel L. Andre, Editor(s)

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