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The design details and performance characteristics of two soft X-ray streak camera systems developed at Max-Planck Institut fuer Quantenoptik are reported. The main design considerations are compactness, versatility and reliability. The camera consists of an image converter tube, an image intensifier and data recording unit. Both systems are equipped with a specially designed open all-metal image converter tube. The first system (XRSC-I) has a Photochron type electron-optical design and its image converter tube is optically coupled to a four-stage magnetically focused image intensifier. The electron-optical design of the second system (XRSC-II) is simpler and uses equidiameter cylindrical electrodes. Furthermore, its image intensifier is electrostatically focussed with channel plates and fibre-optic windows. The X-ray streak camera systems have been combined with a free standing transmission grating for time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy of laser-produced plasmas. Results from these experiments are presented to illustrate the usefulness of the instrument.

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Authors: TSAKIRIS G D, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik, Garching (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Proceedings, Vol. 1032 (1989) pp. 910-930, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Box 10, Bellingham, Washington (US)
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