Streak camera recording of shock wave transit times at large distances using laser illumination

J. A. Tyburczy, J. L. Blayney, W. F. Miller, T. J. Ahrens

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A pulsed laser illumination system for streak camera recording of impact-induced shock wave transit times (∼1 μs) during impact experiments is described. Laser illumination of centimeter-sized subjects offers many advantages over diffuse illumination techniques for streak photography. Source-to-sample and sample-to-camera distances of ∼100 to 102 m can be employed. Light filtering, and simultaneous recording of both the impact event and the camera streak rate calibration, can be carried out easily. For use in such a system we describe a Pockels cell controller in which the reference 10-MHz oscillator signal is synchronously divided down to 38 Hz to provide a trigger signal for laser and streak camera testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1452-1454
Number of pages3
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation

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