18 October 2007 Uncertainty detection for NIF normal pointing beam images
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The National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory when completed in 2009, will deliver 192-beams aligned precisely at the center of the target chamber producing extreme energy densities and pressures. Video images of laser beams along the beam path are used by automatic alignment algorithms to determine the position of the beams for alignment purposes. However, noise and other optical effects may affect the accuracy of the calculated beam location. Realistic estimation of the uncertainty is necessary to assure that the beam is monitored within the clear optical path. When the uncertainty is above a certain threshold the automated alignment operation is suspended and control of the beam is transferred to a human operator. This work describes our effort to quantify the uncertainty of measurement of the most common alignment beam.
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Abdul A. S. Awwal, Abdul A. S. Awwal, Clement Law, Clement Law, S. Walter Ferguson, S. Walter Ferguson, } "Uncertainty detection for NIF normal pointing beam images", Proc. SPIE 6695, Optics and Photonics for Information Processing, 66950R (18 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.740149; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.740149

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