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Configuration and performance of the Los Alamos Aurora KrF/ICF laser system
Author(s): Thomas P. Turner; Johnny E. Jones; Stephen J. Czuchlewski; Robert G. Watt; Scott J. Thomas; Dana A. Netz; Charles R. Tallman; Joseph M. Mack; Joseph F. Figueira
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Paper Abstract

Because short wavelength lasers are attractive for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) , the Department of Energy is sponsoring work at Los Alamos and the Naval Research Laboratory in KrF laser technology. The Los Alamos National Laboratory is investigating the feasibility of high-power KrF lasers as future ICF drivers. The Aurora Laser System is an end-to-end technology demonstration prototype for large-scale KrF laser systems employing optical angular multiplexing and serial amplification by electron beam driven KrF laser amplifiers. During the last year integration of the Aurora Laser System has been completed and the system has entered the initial operational phase by delivering kilojoule level shots to target. In this paper the current configuration of the system is described and its performance is reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1225, High-Power Gas Lasers, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18470
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas P. Turner, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Johnny E. Jones, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Stephen J. Czuchlewski, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Robert G. Watt, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Scott J. Thomas, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Dana A. Netz, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Charles R. Tallman, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Joseph M. Mack, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Joseph F. Figueira, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1225:
High-Power Gas Lasers
Petras V. Avizonis; Charles Freed; Jin J. Kim; Frank K. Tittel, Editor(s)

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