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8 December 1986 Comparison Of Several Large Photocathode Electronic Streak Tubes
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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.
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Paul B. Weiss and Linda Walling "Comparison Of Several Large Photocathode Electronic Streak Tubes", Proc. SPIE 0693, High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics IV, (8 December 1986); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.936725
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