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Combining a thermal-imaging diagnostic with an existing imaging VISAR diagnostic at the National Ignition Facility (NIF)
Author(s): Robert M. Malone; John R. Celeste; Peter M. Celliers; Brent C. Frogget; Robert L. Guyton; Morris I. Kaufman; Tony L. Lee; Brian J. MacGowan; Edmund W. Ng; Imants P. Reinbachs; Ronald B. Robinson; Lynn G. Seppala; Thomas W. Tunnell; Phillip W. Watts
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Paper Abstract

Optical diagnostics are currently being designed to analyze high-energy density physics experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). Two independent line-imaging Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (VISAR) interferometers have been fielded to measure shock velocities, breakout times, and emission of targets having sizes of 1-5 mm. An 8-inch-diameter, fused silica triplet lens collects light at f/3 inside the 30-foot-diameter NIF vacuum chamber. VISAR recordings use a 659.5-nm probe laser. By adding a specially coated beam splitter to the interferometer table, light at wavelengths from 540 to 645 nm is spilt into a thermal-imaging diagnostic. Because fused silica lenses are used in the first triplet relay, the intermediate image planes for different wavelengths separate by considerable distances. A corrector lens on the interferometer table reunites these separated wavelength planes to provide a good image. Thermal imaging collects light at f/5 from a 2-mm object placed at Target Chamber Center (TCC). Streak cameras perform VISAR and thermal-imaging recording. All optical lenses are on kinematic mounts so that pointing accuracy of the optical axis may be checked. Counter-propagating laser beams (orange and red) are used to align both diagnostics. The red alignment laser is selected to be at the 50 percent reflection point of the beam splitter. This alignment laser is introduced at the recording streak cameras for both diagnostics and passes through this special beam splitter on its way into the NIF vacuum chamber.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5874, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering VI, 587409 (24 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619134
Show Author Affiliations
Robert M. Malone, Bechtel Nevada (United States)
John R. Celeste, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Peter M. Celliers, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Brent C. Frogget, Bechtel Nevada (United States)
Robert L. Guyton, Bechtel Nevada (United States)
Morris I. Kaufman, Bechtel Nevada (United States)
Tony L. Lee, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Brian J. MacGowan, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Edmund W. Ng, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Imants P. Reinbachs, Bechtel Nevada (United States)
Ronald B. Robinson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Lynn G. Seppala, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Thomas W. Tunnell, Bechtel Nevada (United States)
Phillip W. Watts, Bechtel Nevada (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5874:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering VI
Pantazis Z. Mouroulis; Warren J. Smith; R. Barry Johnson, Editor(s)

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