16 September 2005 Detection of off-normal images for NIF automatic alignment
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One of the major purposes of National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is to accurately focus 192 high energy laser beams on a nanoscale (mm) fusion target at the precise location and time. The automatic alignment system developed for NIF is used to align the beams in order to achieve the required focusing effect. However, if a distorted image is inadvertently created by a faulty camera shutter or some other opto-mechanical malfunction, the resulting image termed "off-normal" must be detected and rejected before further alignment processing occurs. Thus the off-normal processor acts as a preprocessor to automatic alignment image processing. In this work, we discuss the development of an "off-normal" pre-processor capable of rapidly detecting the off-normal images and performing the rejection. Wide variety of off-normal images for each loop is used to develop the criterion for rejections accurately.
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James V. Candy, James V. Candy, Abdul A. S. Awwal, Abdul A. S. Awwal, Wilbert A. Mcclay, Wilbert A. Mcclay, S. Walter Ferguson, S. Walter Ferguson, Scott Burkhart, Scott Burkhart, } "Detection of off-normal images for NIF automatic alignment", Proc. SPIE 5907, Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing VII, 59070B (16 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.621322; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.621322

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