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A Lens Coupled Streak Camera Readout System Utilizing A Thermoelectrically Cooled CCD Camera
Author(s): Bobby A. Jones
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Paper Abstract

A new streak camera readout system has been developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Streak cameras are used on the Nova laser at Livermore to monitor laser beam performance and measure experimental phenomena during target irradiation experiments. In this new system, the streak camera's optical output image is lens coupled to a thermoelectrically cooled CCD camera where the streaked image is captured. The captured image is then digitized to 14 bits and transferred to Q-bus video image buffers via a DMA (direct memory access) transfer. The captured image can then be analyzed and manipulated while resident in the image buffers or saved on disk for future reference. Basic image analysis software has been written that include background subtraction, both horizontal and vertical lineouts with and without pixel averaging, pseudo coloring, and image histograms. This new system has improved dynamic range, spatial resolution, and lower noise than any of our previous readout systems. All major system components are available commercially providing a lower cost for multiple systems and simplifying future maintenance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 January 1986
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0569, High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics III, (14 January 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.949881
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Bobby A. Jones, Laser Fusion Program (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0569:
High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics III
Howard C. Johnson; Bernard G. Ponseggi, Editor(s)

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