High-Speed Imager for Fast Events

Physicists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory developed the grating-actuated transient optical recorder (GATOR), which won an R&D 100 Award. This optical instrument is designed to capture and record fleeting, sequential images of x rays and other radiation emitted from the miniature “stars” created in the National Ignition Facility target chamber. This work was derived from LDRD investigator Bruce Remington's project “From Super-Earths to Nucleosynthesis: Probing Extreme High-Energy-Density States of Matter with X-Rays."

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