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Multi-object feature detection and error correction for NIF automatic optical alignment
Author(s): Abdul A. S. Awwal
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Paper Abstract

Fiducials imprinted on laser beams are used to perform video image based alignment of the beams in the National Ignition Facility (NIF) of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In any laser beam alignment operation, a beam needs to be aligned to a reference location. Generally, the beam and reference fiducials are composed of separate beams, as a result only a single feature of each beam needs to be identified for determining the position of the beam or reference. However, it is possible to have the same beam image contain both the beam and reference fiducials. In such instances, it is essential to separately identify these features. In the absence of wavefront correction or when image quality is poor, the features of such beams may get distorted making it difficult to distinguish between different fiducials. Error checking and correction mechanism must be implemented to avoid misidentification of one type of feature as the other. This work presents the algorithm for multi-object detection and error correction implemented for such a beam line image in the NIF facility. Additionally, we show how when the original algorithm fails a secondary algorithm takes over and provides required location outputs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6310, Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing VIII, 63100Q (8 September 2006);
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Abdul A. S. Awwal, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6310:
Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing VIII
Khan M. Iftekharuddin; Abdul Ahad Sami Awwal, Editor(s)

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