A new concept for particle acceleration for micrometeoroid simulation was developed at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, using a high-density self-luminescent fast plasma flow to accelerate glass beads (with a diameter up to 1.0 mm) to velocities between 15–20 km/sec. After a short introduction to the operation of the hypervelocity range, the eight-converter-camera unit used for the photographs of the plasma flow and the accelerated particles is described. These photographs are obtained with an eight-segment reflecting pyramidal beam splitter. Wratten filters were mounted between the beam splitter and the converter tubes of the cameras. The photographs, which were recorded on black and white film, were used to make the matrices for the dye-color process, which produced the prints shown.
© 1975 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 7, 1974
Published: October 1, 1975
E. B. Igenbergs, B. Cour-Palais, E. Fisher, and O. Stehle, "Plasma flow and fast particles in a hypervelocity accelerator: a color presentation," Appl. Opt. 14, 2542-2548 (1975)