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Operational Performance Of The Antares Alignment System
Author(s): Steven C. Bender; Quentin D. Appert
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Paper Abstract

A review of the operational performance of the alignment system for the large Antares optical system is presented. The alignment of twenty-four optical channels consisting of two hundred optical elements is verified and established as required prior to each target shot for this CO2 laser fusion test facility. The overall system design included features such as automatic operation, data base driven controls, self calibration, provisions for initial optical alignment set up, and system aided fault location. The system approach employed two alignment stations which sequentially viewed the 24 optical channels (sectors) and could be used for prealignments and calibrations. Closed loop operations via the computer permit rapid mirror alignments. The performance of the applied techniques and devices is evaluated and compared to the required performance specifically from the standpoint of accuracy and shot rate. Overall system performance with verification by actual target shots is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1984
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0483, Optical Alignment II, (13 August 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943130
Show Author Affiliations
Steven C. Bender, University of California (United States)
Quentin D. Appert, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0483:
Optical Alignment II
Mitchell C. Ruda, Editor(s)

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