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Optical Engineering At Los Alamos-A History
Author(s): Berlyn Brixner
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Paper Abstract

Optical engineering at Los Alamos, which began in 1943, has continued because scientific researchers usually want more resolving power than commercially available optical instruments provide. In addition, in-house engineering is often advantageous--when the technology for designing and making improved instrumentation is available locally--because of our remote location and the frequent need for accurate data. As a consequence, a number of improved research cameras and lens systems have been developed locally--especially for explosion and implosion photography, but even for oscilloscope photography. The development of high-speed cameras led to the ultimate in practical high-speed rotating mirrors and to the invention of a rapid, precise, and effective lens design procedure that has produced more than a hundred lens systems that give improved imaging in special conditions of use. Representative examples of this work will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 1983
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 0380, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '83, (7 November 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934734
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Berlyn Brixner, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0380:
Los Alamos Conf on Optics '83
Robert S. McDowell; Susanne C. Stotlar, Editor(s)

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