Design and characterization of optical heads for interferometric ballistic velocity measurements

Berkovic, Garry; Horovitz, Yossef; Moshe, Ella; Sadi, Yair; Shafir, Ehud
April 2011
Review of Scientific Instruments;Apr2011, Vol. 82 Issue 4, p043302
Academic Journal
The design of optical fiber based heads offering high accuracy and bandwidth for use in VISAR (velocity interferometer system for any reflector) experiments measuring ballistic velocities is described. A new, expanded, model for predicting the distance-dependent collection efficiency of the heads is presented. The model is shown to agree very well with experimental results, both within and outside the 'depth of field'. Various optical heads are demonstrated, to suit different experimental setups and conditions. Designs offering options for high bandwidths, accurate prealignment, and large stand-off distances are discussed. Results from a typical VISAR experiment are presented, verifying that our designs yield high-quality data.


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