Abstract

The basic relations for the rotating mirror smear camera are reviewed and expressions are obtained for the maximum time resolution obtainable in systems uncorrected for the elastic distortion of the mirror surface. Instrumentation for the measurement of the surface distortion at high speed is described and data are reported for rotating rectangular parallelepipeds as a function of size and width-to-thickness ratio. The central sections of the mirrors deform cylindrically, the power varying nearly with the square of the peripheral speed. The distortion effects can be almost completely compensated by the introduction of negative astigmatism into the system. An auxiliary optical system is described which aids in the adjustment of the corrector lens to obtain optimum resolution. A corrected system in current use has a time resolution of 10<sup>-8</sup> sec with relative aperture ƒ6.

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Brixner, B.

B. Brixner, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 45, 876 (1955).

B. Brixner, Proceedings of the Third International Congress on High Speed Photography, edited by R. B. Collins, (Butterworth Scientific Publications, London, 1957), p. 289 ff; H. Edels and D. Whittaker, J. Sci. Instr. 32, 103 (1955).

Buck, W. E.

W. E. Buck, Rev. Sci. Instr. 25, 115 (1954).

Davies, R. M.

J. D. Owen and R. M. Davies, Nature 164, 752 (1949).

Davis, W. C.

W. C. Davis, Rev. Sci. Instr. 28, 577 (1957).

Owen, J. D.

J. D. Owen and R. M. Davies, Nature 164, 752 (1949).

Strong, J.

J. Strong, Procedures in Experimental Physics (Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, 1938), p. 69; T. E, Holland, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 46, 1090 (1956).

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W. E. Buck, Rev. Sci. Instr. 25, 115 (1954).

Mueller, Best, Jackson, and Singletary, Nucleonics 10, 53 (1952); Cladis, Jones, and Wickersheim, Rev. Sci. Instr. 27, 83 (1956).

B. Brixner, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 45, 876 (1955).

B. Brixner, Proceedings of the Third International Congress on High Speed Photography, edited by R. B. Collins, (Butterworth Scientific Publications, London, 1957), p. 289 ff; H. Edels and D. Whittaker, J. Sci. Instr. 32, 103 (1955).

J. D. Owen and R. M. Davies, Nature 164, 752 (1949).

J. Strong, Procedures in Experimental Physics (Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, 1938), p. 69; T. E, Holland, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 46, 1090 (1956).

W. C. Davis, Rev. Sci. Instr. 28, 577 (1957).

Reference 4, p. 319 ff.

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