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Comparison Of Several Large Photocathode Electronic Streak Tubes
Author(s): Paul B. Weiss; Linda Walling
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Paper Abstract

There has been increased interest in streak images with large numbers of resolvable spatial points with good dynamic range. Tests have been performed on tubes from six different manufacturers in four countries (France, UK, USA and Japan). These include measurement of dynamic resolution, dynamic range, photocathode uniformity and absolute photocathode quantum efficiency. In general these tests were performed with sweep ranges from 10 to 100 ns in the visible portion of the spectrum. Results of these measurements comparing the different tubes will be presented. While dynamic range measurements were made by observing spot broadening as photocathode illumination was varied, the dynamic resolution was made at high light levels (a few times below saturation) only -- due to sensitivity limitations with our vidicon readout system. It should be noted that this tube characterization is an ongoing effort. The manufacturers are continually improving their products and our understanding of how to best characterize and compare them also undergoes a continual evolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1986
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0693, High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics IV, (8 December 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.936725
Show Author Affiliations
Paul B. Weiss, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)
Linda Walling, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0693:
High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics IV
Bernard G. Ponseggi, Editor(s)

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