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Opto-Mechanical Devices For The Antares Automatic Beam Alignment System
Author(s): T. Swann; C. Combs; J. Witt
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Paper Abstract

Antares is a 24-beam CO2 laser system for controlled fusion research, under construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Rapid automatic alignment of this system is required prior to each experimental shot. Unique opto-mechanical alignment devices, which have been developed specifically for this automatic alignment system, are discussed. A variable focus alignment telescope views point light sources. A beam expander/spatial filter processes both a visible krypton-ion and a 10.6 μm CO2 alignment laser. A periscope/carousel device provides the means by which the alignment telescope can sequentially view each of 12 optical trains in each power amplifier. The polyhedron alignment device projects a point-light source for both centering and pointing alignment at the polyhedron mirror. A rotating wedge alignment device provides a sequencing point-light source and also compensates for dispersion between visible and 10.6 μm radiation. A back reflector "flip-in" remotely positions point-light sources at the back-reflector mirrors. A light source box illuminates optic fibers with high-intensity white light which is distributed to the various point-light sources in the system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932089
Show Author Affiliations
T. Swann, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)
C. Combs, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)
J. Witt, 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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