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Programmable 10 Mhz Optical Fiducial System For Hydrodiagnostic Cameras
Author(s): Tony Huen
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Paper Abstract

A solid state light control system was designed and fabricated for use with hydrodiagnostic streak cameras of the electro-optic type. With its use, the film containing the streak images will have on it two time scales simultaneously exposed with the signal. This allows timing and cross timing. The latter is achieved with exposure modulation marking onto the time tick marks. The purpose of using two time scales will be discussed. The design is based on a microcomputer, resulting in a compact and easy to use instrument. The light source is a small red light emitting diode. Time marking can be programmed in steps of 0.1 microseconds, with a range of 255 steps. The time accuracy is based on a precision 100 MHz quarts crystal, giving a divided down 10 MHz system frequency. The light is guided by two small 100 micron diameter optical fibers, which facilitates light coupling onto the input slit of an electro-optic streak camera. Three distinct groups of exposure modulation of the time tick marks can be independently set anywhere onto the streak duration. This system has been successfully used in Fabry-Perot laser velocimeters for over four years in our Laboratory. The microcomputer control section is also being use in providing optical fids to mechanical rotor cameras.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 1988
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0832, High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics V, (4 February 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.942210
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Tony Huen, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0832:
High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics V
Howard C. Johnson, Editor(s)

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