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Synchroscan streak camera temporal resolution improvement by phase-locked loop technique
Author(s): Wilfried Uhring; Chantal Virginie Zint; Patrick Summ; Bernard Cunin
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Paper Abstract

Different temporal instabilities, which degrade the temporal resolution of s a synchroscan streak camera, have been studied. Each of the 3 main components: the laser, the trigger and the streak camera, have their intrinsic instability, thus a degradation of the final temporal resolution is occurred. An internal PLL in the streak camera has been developed in order to improve the temporal resolution. The synchroscan signal is used to lock the phase of the deflection voltage with the laser beam as close as possible. The phase detector has 0 to 360° area detection and a jitter lower than 300 fs FWHM integrated from 10 to 600 kHz, allowing sub picoseconds synchronization with the laser beam. The slow drifts, from 0 to 25 Hz, of the phase comparator are cancelled with a laser reference directly inserted in the camera input. By the way of an image processing, the phase command voltage is modified to lock the position of this laser reference. Results show that this stabilized camera can be used immediately after it is turned on (suppression of the warm-up time) and has very good temporal resolution, even with a long time exposure (2.4 ps FWHM with a time exposure of 2 hours has been realized). This allows more exploration in detection of very weak signals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4948, 25th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (1 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.516884
Show Author Affiliations
Wilfried Uhring, Lab. PHASE, CNRS (France)
Chantal Virginie Zint, Lab. PHASE, CNRS (France)
Patrick Summ, Optronis GmbH (Germany)
Bernard Cunin, Lab. PHASE, CNRS (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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