Time-resolved spectra of dense plasma focus using spectrometer, streak camera, and CCD combination

Goldin, F. J.; Meehan, B. T.; Hagen, E. C.; Wilkins, P. R.
October 2010
Review of Scientific Instruments;Oct2010, Vol. 81 Issue 10, p10E531
Academic Journal
A time-resolving spectrographic instrument has been assembled with the primary components of a spectrometer, image-converting streak camera, and CCD recording camera, for the primary purpose of diagnosing highly dynamic plasmas. A collection lens defines the sampled region and couples light from the plasma into a step index, multimode fiber which leads to the spectrometer. The output spectrum is focused onto the photocathode of the streak camera, the output of which is proximity-coupled to the CCD. The spectrometer configuration is essentially Czerny-Turner, but off-the-shelf Nikon refraction lenses, rather than mirrors, are used for practicality and flexibility. Only recently assembled, the instrument requires significant refinement, but has now taken data on both bridge wire and dense plasma focus experiments.


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