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Image Converter Camera Optical Measurements In Laser Fusion Research
Author(s): Tom Leonard; George Charatis; Mark Gredell; Jean Ash
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Paper Abstract

High speed optical measurements in the picosecond regime play a crucial role in any laser .fusion program. At KMS Fusion,image converter streak cameras have been used to study a high power neodymium glass laser system and to observe target response to the laser pulse. Experimental techniques and results ©I several studies will be discussed. A "pulse stacker" produced the desired pulse shape in 30 psec steps. These stacked trains were monitored at various points along the laser system. Perturbations of the pulse train as it propagates through the laser are most evident at the final output where examples of pulse splitting and breakup, which occur in extreme situations, will be shown. Target diagnostic studies include incident and nonabsorbed laser energy pulse shape and blast-wave photographs to determine absorbed energy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1977
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0097, 12th Intl Congress on High Speed Photography, (14 September 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955241
Show Author Affiliations
Tom Leonard, Krvis Fusion, Inc. (United States)
George Charatis, KMS Fusion, Inc. (United States)
Mark Gredell, KMS Fusion, Inc. (United States)
Jean Ash, KMS Fusion, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0097:
12th Intl Congress on High Speed Photography
Martin C. Richardson, Editor(s)

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