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National Ignition Facility front-end laser system
Author(s): Scott C. Burkhart; Raymond J. Beach; John K. Crane; James M. Davin; Michael D. Perry; Russell B. Wilcox
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Paper Abstract

The proposed National Ignition Facility is a 192 beam Nd:glass laser system capable of driving targets to fusion ignition by the year 2005. A key factor in the flexibility and performance of the laser is a front-end system which provides a precisely formatted beam to each beamline. Each of the injected beams has individually controlled energy, temporal pulseshape, and spatial shape to accommodate beamline-to-beamline variations in gain and saturation. This flexibility also gives target designers the options for precisely controlling the drive to different areas of the target. The design of the front-end laser is described, and initial results are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2633, Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), (8 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228290
Show Author Affiliations
Scott C. Burkhart, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Raymond J. Beach, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
John K. Crane, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
James M. Davin, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Michael D. Perry, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Russell B. Wilcox, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2633:
Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF)
Michel Andre; Howard T. Powell, Editor(s)

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