30 December 1981 Opto-Mechanical Devices For The Antares Automatic Beam Alignment System
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Proceedings Volume 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81; (1981) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.932089
Event: Los Alamos Conference on Optics, 1981, Los Alamos, United States
Antares is a 24-beam CO2 laser system for controlled fusion research, under construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Rapid automatic alignment of this system is required prior to each experimental shot. Unique opto-mechanical alignment devices, which have been developed specifically for this automatic alignment system, are discussed. A variable focus alignment telescope views point light sources. A beam expander/spatial filter processes both a visible krypton-ion and a 10.6 μm CO2 alignment laser. A periscope/carousel device provides the means by which the alignment telescope can sequentially view each of 12 optical trains in each power amplifier. The polyhedron alignment device projects a point-light source for both centering and pointing alignment at the polyhedron mirror. A rotating wedge alignment device provides a sequencing point-light source and also compensates for dispersion between visible and 10.6 μm radiation. A back reflector "flip-in" remotely positions point-light sources at the back-reflector mirrors. A light source box illuminates optic fibers with high-intensity white light which is distributed to the various point-light sources in the system.
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T. Swann, T. Swann, C. Combs, C. Combs, J. Witt, J. Witt, } "Opto-Mechanical Devices For The Antares Automatic Beam Alignment System", Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932089; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.932089


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