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Redesign of the image processing techniques used for the alignment of the LMJ beams transportation section
Author(s): Laurent Hilsz; Jean-Christophe Benoit; Florence Poutriquet; Olivier Bach; Frédéric Nicaise; Alain Adolf
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Paper Abstract

The Megajoule laser (LMJ) project was launched in 1995 by the French Atomic Energy Commission and is aimed at developing a facility to achieve inertial confinement fusion. The LMJ architecture is based on 176 laser beamlines. To provide these 176 high-powered beams when required for subsequent operations, one of the main issues consists of aligning reliably the laser Transportation Section (TS) not only during the normal operation of the installation but also during the power rising of each laser chain, its initial alignment and after major maintenance. They also must be compatible with the fact that the entire installation should be maintained by a limited staff. Consequently, the goals of the techniques involved in this processing design are essentially robust detection and identification of the relevant items of information present in images, but also the reduction of the number of parameters accessible to the operators. This paper provides a general overview of how the TS is aligned before focusing on the image processing techniques developed to identify and measure the beam centering, since the major difference between the LIL and LMJ TS is the type of centering detector. These techniques have been developed and tested thoroughly against sets of up to 57 images representing both nominal and extreme conditions acquired during recent experiments on the Laser Integration Line (LIL). This facility is fully consistent with the LMJ requirements, a complete laser chain with 4 beamlines. After presenting the basic design principles, we focus on the performances as demonstrated and measured.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2010
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 7797, Optics and Photonics for Information Processing IV, 77970D (7 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859669
Show Author Affiliations
Laurent Hilsz, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (France)
Jean-Christophe Benoit, Alliance Vision (France)
Florence Poutriquet, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (France)
Olivier Bach, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (France)
Frédéric Nicaise, Alliance Vision (France)
Alain Adolf, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7797:
Optics and Photonics for Information Processing IV
Abdul Ahad Sami Awwal; Khan M. Iftekharuddin; Scott C. Burkhart, Editor(s)

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