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High-resolution recording of particle tracks with in-line holography in a large cryogenic bubble chamber
Author(s): Gert G. Harigel
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Paper Abstract

Holography has been used successfully in combination with conventional optics for the first time in a large cryogenic bubble chamber, the 15-Foot Bubble Chamber at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), during a physics run in a high energy neutrino beam. The innovative system combined the reference beam with the object beam, irradiating a conical volume of approx1.5m3. Bubble tracks from neutrino interactions with a width of approx 120 micrometers have been recorded with good contrast. The ratio of intensities of the object light to the reference light striking the film is called the beam branching ratio (BBR). We obtained in our experiment an exceedingly small minimum- observable ration of BBR = (0.54 divided by 0.21) x 107. The technology has the potential for a wide range of applications. This paper describes the various difficulties in achieving the success. It required the development of laser pulse stretching via enhanced closed loop control with slow Q- switching, to overcome excessive heating of the cryogenic liquid by the powerful laser beam. A sophisticated system of light-absorbing baffles had to be installed to avoid stray light reaching the holographic film. Optical decoupling of classical and holographic illumination systems was required. Real and virtual image replay machines for holograms were built, tailored to our illumination technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4149, Holography 2000, (3 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.402502
Show Author Affiliations
Gert G. Harigel, European Lab. for Particle Physics (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4149:
Holography 2000
Tung H. Jeong; Werner K. Sobotka, Editor(s)

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