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Picosecond timing system for the LIL laser facility
Author(s): Jean-Yves Salmon; Pascal Leclerc
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Paper Abstract

The CEA has studied a unique picosecond timing system for the Laser Integration Line (L.I.L.), an 8-beam laser currently under construction in France. This laser is the prototype of a future facility dedicated to inertial confinement fusion. It requires very precise timing between its laser beams and ultra-fast diagnostics. Its timing system had to achieve unprecedented performances: to deliver 800 trigger signals over distances exceeding 300 m with delays individually programmable and near-picosecond range time accuracy. To achieve this goal, the CEA developed a new design based on very accurate electrical delay generators connected to a master clock through a bi-directional fiber-optic time distribution network. In this article, we describe its principle and present achieved performances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4948, 25th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (1 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.516782
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Yves Salmon, CEA/DIF (France)
Pascal Leclerc, CEA/DIF (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4948:
25th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics
Claude Cavailler; Graham P. Haddleton; Manfred Hugenschmidt, Editor(s)

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