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A High Speed Multi-Channel Data Recorder To Replace Oscilloscope Data Acquisition Systems
Author(s): G. J. Lockwood; J. Chang; W. F. Filter; C. O. Landron; D. J. Muron; B. T. Neyer; L. E. Ruggles
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Paper Abstract

We have developed and tested a photonic high speed analog data recording system that, when compared with conventional oscilloscope-based systems, offers greater economy, higher bandwidth, electrical isolation, and compactness. The basis of this approach is to record analog photonic signals rather than analog electrical signals. A key component is a prototype High Speed Multi-Channel Data Recorder (HSMCDR). It uses a picosecond streak camera with a digital readout to record multiple fiber-optic data channels, and a dedicated microcomputer to reduce and process that data. To record signals from analog electrical sensors, laser diode transmitters provide an interface to the HSMCDR. Interactive software written for the HSMCDR separates, calibrates, and plots up to 20 waveforms in the customary amplitude versus time format. We describe the HSMCDR, its performance, applications in pulsed power experiments, and its impact in diagnostic technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 January 1986
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0566, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors III, (3 January 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.949784
Show Author Affiliations
G. J. Lockwood, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
J. Chang, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
W. F. Filter, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
C. O. Landron, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
D. J. Muron, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
B. T. Neyer, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
L. E. Ruggles, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0566:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors III
Emery L. Moore; O. Glenn Ramer, Editor(s)

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