Optical diagnostics of mercury jet for an intense proton target

Park, H.; Tsang, T.; Kirk, H. G.; Ladeinde, F.; Graves, V. B.; Spampinato, P. T.; Carroll, A. J.; Titus, P. H.; McDonald, K. T.
April 2008
Review of Scientific Instruments;Apr2008, Vol. 79 Issue 4, p045111
Academic Journal
An optical diagnostic system is designed and constructed for imaging a free mercury jet interacting with a high intensity proton beam in a pulsed high-field solenoid magnet. The optical imaging system employs a backilluminated, laser shadow photography technique. Object illumination and image capture are transmitted through radiation-hard multimode optical fibers and flexible coherent imaging fibers. A retroreflected illumination design allows the entire passive imaging system to fit inside the bore of the solenoid magnet. A sequence of synchronized short laser light pulses are used to freeze the transient events, and the images are recorded by several high speed charge coupled devices. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis using image processing based on probability approach is described. The characteristics of free mercury jet as a high power target for beam-jet interaction at various levels of the magnetic induction field is reported in this paper.


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