26 February 2015 Centroid stabilization in alignment of FOA corner cube: designing of a matched filter
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The current automation of image-based alignment of NIF high energy laser beams is providing the capability of executing multiple target shots per day. An important aspect of performing multiple shots in a day is to reduce additional time spent aligning specific beams due to perturbations in those beam images. One such alignment is beam centration through the second and third harmonic generating crystals in the final optics assembly (FOA), which employs two retro-reflecting corner cubes to represent the beam center. The FOA houses the frequency conversion crystals for third harmonic generation as the beams enters the target chamber. Beam-to-beam variations and systematic beam changes over time in the FOA corner-cube images can lead to a reduction in accuracy as well as increased convergence durations for the template based centroid detector. This work presents a systematic approach of maintaining FOA corner cube centroid templates so that stable position estimation is applied thereby leading to fast convergence of alignment control loops. In the matched filtering approach, a template is designed based on most recent images taken in the last 60 days. The results show that new filter reduces the divergence of the position estimation of FOA images.
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Abdul Awwal, Abdul Awwal, Karl Wilhelmsen, Karl Wilhelmsen, Randy Roberts, Randy Roberts, Richard Leach, Richard Leach, Victoria Miller Kamm, Victoria Miller Kamm, Tony Ngo, Tony Ngo, Roger Lowe-Webb, Roger Lowe-Webb, "Centroid stabilization in alignment of FOA corner cube: designing of a matched filter", Proc. SPIE 9345, High Power Lasers for Fusion Research III, 93450L (26 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083537; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083537

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