R. Nussbaumer, D. Dale, H. Hui, J. Richards, and P. Levy (TRIUMF)
The ISAC polarized beam facility uses an Argon laser for producing spin-polarized beams of short-lived radioactive isotopes, initially 7Li. The laser power and spectral content must be tightly controlled and monitored. The control system to accomplish this task uses techniques that combine operator interface, data reduction, and closed loop automation. The laser stabilization application uses input data acquired from a spectrum analyzer, in the form of a waveform array repetitively acquired from a GPIB-interfaced oscilloscope. A Labview based operator interface allows the selection of features from within the waveform, which are then used as the basis for closed loop control, in concert with the existing EPICS control system software and related hardware. Part of the challenge stems from using input data which are subject to human interpretation and require distillation into a hard numeric format suitable for use in a control system.
Last updated: September 13, 2002
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