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Image Processing For Automatic Alignment In The Nova Laser Facility
Author(s): Paul J. Van Arsdall; Raymond J. Peeves
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Paper Abstract

The Nova laser is a high-power, pulsed, neodymium-glass system used for inertial confinement fusion and X-ray laser research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The control system aligns the ten 250-m-long beams by closing approximately 300 automatic loops. TV alignment sensor images are image processed to extract laser beam and reference information. Two-dimensional techniques that have been applied to process these images include correlation, convolution, gradient, centroid, Hough transform, and histogram equalization. These techniques combine to form algorithms that are relatively insensitive to image Intensity. This paper describes practical image processing methods and reliability measures developed for automatic alignment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1986
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0608, Optical Alignment III, (12 May 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.976189
Show Author Affiliations
Paul J. Van Arsdall, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)
Raymond J. Peeves, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0608:
Optical Alignment III
Mitchell C. Ruda, Editor(s)

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