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Development of large-scale production of Nd-doped phosphate glasses for megajoule-scale laser systems
Author(s): Gaelle Ficini; Jack H. Campbell
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Paper Abstract

Nd-doped phosphate glasses are the preferred gain medium for high-peak-power lasers used for inertial confinement fusion research because they have excellent energy storage and extraction characteristics. In addition, these glasses can be manufactured defect-free in large sizes and a t relatively low cost. To meet the requirements of the future megajoule size lasers, advanced laser glass manufacturing methods are being developed that would enable laser glass to be continuously produced at the rate of several thousand large plates of glass per year. This represents more than a 10 to 100-fold improvement in the scale of the present manufacturing technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 1996
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2775, Specification, Production, and Testing of Optical Components and Systems, (19 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.246783
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Gaelle Ficini, CEA/Ctr. d'Etudes Limeil-Valenton (France)
Jack H. Campbell, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2775:
Specification, Production, and Testing of Optical Components and Systems
Anthony E. Gee; Jean-Francois Houee, Editor(s)

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