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Radial Pulse Propagation And Impedance Characteristics Of Optically Shuttered Channel Intensifier Tubes
Author(s): J. L. Detch; B. W. Noel
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Paper Abstract

Electrically gated proximity-focused channel intensifier tubes are often used as optical shutters. Optimum nanosecond shuttering requires both understanding the electrical pulse propagation across the device structure and proper impedance matching. A distributed-transmission-line model is developed that describes analytically the voltage-and current-wave propagation characteristics as functions of time for any point on the surface. The optical gain's spatial uniformity and shutter-open times are shown to depend on the electrical pulse width and amplitude, and on the applied bias. The driving-point impedance is derived from the model and is expressed as a function of an infinite sum of terms in the complex frequency. The synthesis in terms of lumped-constant network elements is realized in first-and second-Foster equivalent circuits. Experimental impedance data are compared with the model's predictions and deviations from the ideal model are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932082
Show Author Affiliations
J. L. Detch, EG&G, Inc. (United States)
B. W. Noel, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0288:
Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81
Donald H. Liebenberg, Editor(s)

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