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Plasma electrode pockels cell for ICF lasers
Author(s): Mark A. Rhodes; Charles D. Boley; Alfonso G. Tarditi; Bruno S. Bauer
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Paper Abstract

In a plasma-electrode Pockels cell (PEPC), plasma discharges serve as transparent electrodes on each side of an electro-optic crystal such as KDP. These plasmas facilitate rapid and uniform charging and discharging of the crystal. We describe PEPC technology deployed on Beamlet and envisioned for the National Ignition Facility. Performance on Beamlet is discussed in detail. We also discuss models which have shed light on PEPC operation. These models describe both the high-voltage sheath that forms near the crystal surface and the characteristics of the bulk plasma column.

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: 10.1117/12.228323
Show Author Affiliations
Mark A. Rhodes, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Charles D. Boley, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Alfonso G. Tarditi, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Bruno S. Bauer, 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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