X-Ray Camera for Plasma Instability Diagnostics
X-Ray Camera for Plasma Instability Diagnostics--Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc., 7 Deer Park Drive, , Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852-1921; (908) 274-0774
Mr. John L. Lowrance, Principal Investigator
Mr. John L. Lowrance, Business Official
DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82463
The understanding and control of plasma instabilities is important to the nuclear fusion energy research being conducted by Department of Energy programs. Hard x-ray imaging of supra-thermal electrons and tangential imaging of soft x-rays are two diagnostics of particular value in detecting and measuring these instabilities. These X-ray diagnostics are currently limited by the data acquisition rate. Increasing the rate of the x-ray image acquisition would markedly improve the study of instabilities that have frequencies in the range from 1 to 500 kilo Hertz. This project is to develop an x-ray camera to provide ultra high frame rate imaging. The design permits the read out of the image sensor at a slow frame rate convenient for digital archiving and display with standard microcomputer and television hardware. The camera system should be less expensive than current technology. In Phase I an x-ray imaging system capable of capturing high spatial resolution images at frame rates up to 1,000,000 frames per second will be investigated, based on combining a large format x-ray converter tube with a unique solid state imager. The goal is to increase the frame capacity of the image sensor from 32 to~300 frames, to better match the requirements for plasma x-ray diagnostics as well as other commercial applications.
Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: This ultra-high frame rate solid state camera would find numerous commercial application in industry, defense, nuclear testing and scientific applications needing such high frame rate imaging instrumentation.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Mr. John L. Lowrance
Director of Research
Business Contact:Mr. John L. Lowrance
Director of Research
Princeton Scientific Instrumen
7 Deer Park Drive Monmouth J, NJ 08852
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