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Published April 2015 | Published
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1D fast coded aperture camera


A fast (100 MHz) 1D coded aperture visible light camera has been developed as a prototype for imaging plasma experiments in the EUV/X-ray bands. The system uses printed patterns on transparency sheets as the masked aperture and an 80 channel photodiode array (9 V reverse bias) as the detector. In the low signal limit, the system has demonstrated 40-fold increase in throughput and a signal-to-noise gain of ≈7 over that of a pinhole camera of equivalent parameters. In its present iteration, the camera can only image visible light; however, the only modifications needed to make the system EUV/X-ray sensitive are to acquire appropriate EUV/X-ray photodiodes and to machine a metal masked aperture.

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© 2015 AIP Publishing LLC. Received 23 February 2015; accepted 31 March 2015; published online 29 April 2015. The authors would like to thank Pakorn Wongwaitayakornkul for his proof of concept work on a benchtop setup and preliminary design work. Additional thanks are given to the other Bellan group members for their technical assistance. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences under Award Nos. DE-FG02-04ER54755 and DE-SC0010471, by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 1059519, and by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under Award No. FA9550-11-1-0184.

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