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Continuous-recording camera system for high-frame-rate high-resolution applications
Author(s): Thomas E. McDonald Jr.; George J. Yates; Nicholas S. P. King; Bojan T. Turko
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Paper Abstract

The Los Alamos National Laboratory in support of Department of Energy and Department of Defense projects is developing a continuous recording, intensified, CCD camera system having a high-frame rate and fast shutter capability. The camera frame rates can range from 1 to approximately 3500 frames per second with sub-nanosecond shuttering capability. Camera shuttering (or gating) is provided by a microchannel plate image intensifier employing a Los Alamos designed stripline geometry that incorporates impedance matching to reduce pulse reflections and dispersion. The CCD pixel array size is 512 X 512, which provides good-resolution over a relatively wide field of view. Video data readout from the CCD is through 16 parallel ports with a pixel rate of up to 75 Mpixels/s per port. Camera outputs include 16 ports of both analog video and digital video provided by 10-bit onboard digitizers. A computer controlled frame grabber is being fabricated which will record data from the digital outputs and store the data in a local memory for transfer into a non-volatile storage medium such as a removable disk drive. Salient characteristics and performance data of a prototype camera are presented and range gated imaging applications are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 June 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3516, 23rd International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (22 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350506
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas E. McDonald Jr., Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
George J. Yates, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Nicholas S. P. King, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Bojan T. Turko, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3516:
23rd International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics
Valentina P. Degtyareva; Mikhail A. Monastyrski; Mikhail Ya. Schelev; Alexander V. Smirnov, Editor(s)

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