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A Performance Evaluation Of Three High-Fidelity Streak Cameras
Author(s): James D. Bonlie; Mark E. Lowry
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Paper Abstract

Several scientific programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) require instrumentation that can capture optical signals with high fidelity. Typically, they require high temporal resolution, high spatial resolution, and high dynamic range. The instrument of choice for most of these multichannel, data-recording applications is the optical streak camera. We have evaluated three optical streak camera systems under similar conditions: (1) the EG&G model L-CA-15 streak camera, designed and built under U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contract, with a streak tube designed for a time response of a few picoseconds; (2) an in-house (LLNL) design, with an ITT F4157 streak tube that operates in the extraction mode; and (3) a Thomson-CSF model TSN 506 streak camera, with an ITT F4157 streak tube that also operates in the extraction mode. All three systems were found to be capable of time response better than 40 ps FWHM, a dynamic range of greater than 100, and spatial resolution greater than 5 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm). The experimental setup and plots of results are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1989
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0981, High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics VI, (1 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948662
Show Author Affiliations
James D. Bonlie, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)
Mark E. Lowry, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0981:
High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics VI
Gary L. Stradling, Editor(s)

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