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13 August 1984 Operational Performance Of The Antares Alignment System
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Proceedings Volume 0483, Optical Alignment II; (1984)
Event: 1984 Technical Symposium East, 1984, Arlington, United States
A review of the operational performance of the alignment system for the large Antares optical system is presented. The alignment of twenty-four optical channels consisting of two hundred optical elements is verified and established as required prior to each target shot for this CO2 laser fusion test facility. The overall system design included features such as automatic operation, data base driven controls, self calibration, provisions for initial optical alignment set up, and system aided fault location. The system approach employed two alignment stations which sequentially viewed the 24 optical channels (sectors) and could be used for prealignments and calibrations. Closed loop operations via the computer permit rapid mirror alignments. The performance of the applied techniques and devices is evaluated and compared to the required performance specifically from the standpoint of accuracy and shot rate. Overall system performance with verification by actual target shots is presented.
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Steven C. Bender and Quentin D. Appert "Operational Performance Of The Antares Alignment System", Proc. SPIE 0483, Optical Alignment II, (13 August 1984);


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