Optical streak cameras supplied to UK government laser facility

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Sydor Instruments, a US-based manufacturer of ultrafast imaging systems, will supply nine optical streak cameras to the UK government as part of Project Orion, a new research centre at the AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) in Aldermaston, UK.

Project Orion is a world-class laser facility for the creation and study of hot dense matter and is the successor to HELEN (High Energy Laser Embodying Neodymium), which is reaching the end of its useful life.

'Sydor Instruments is the only company that could provide the critical calibrated software, which measures the power balance of high-intensity lasers used in high-energy physics, to assist the UK with the research,' said Michael Pavia, president of Sydor Instruments.

Sydor, represented by Armstrong Optical in the UK, expects to add to its highly technical team in order to fulfil this contract through the end of 2009.