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Developing beam phasing on the Nova laser
Author(s): Robert B. Ehrlich; Peter A. Amendt; Sham N. Dixit; Bruce A. Hammel; Daniel H. Kalantar; Deanna Marie Pennington; Timothy L. Weiland
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Paper Abstract

We are presently adding the capability to irradiate indirectly-driven Nova targets with two rings of illumination inside each end of the hohlraum for studies of time-dependent second Legendre (P2) and time-integrated fourth Legendre (P4) flux asymmetry control. The rings will be formed with specially designed kinoform phase plates, which will direct each half of each beam into two separate rings that are nearly uniform azimuthally. The timing and temporal pulse shape of the outer rings will be controlled independently from those of the inner rings, allowing for phasing of the pulse shapes to control time dependent asymmetry. Modifications to the incident beam diagnostics will enable us to verify that acceptable levels of power balance among the contributing segments of each ring have been achieved on each shot. Current techniques for precision beam pointing and timing are expected to be sufficiently accurate for these experiments. We present a design for an affordable retrofit to achieve beam phasing on Nova, results of a simplified demonstration, and calculations highlighting the anticipated benefits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3047, Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294262
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Robert B. Ehrlich, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Peter A. Amendt, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Sham N. Dixit, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Bruce A. Hammel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Daniel H. Kalantar, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Deanna Marie Pennington, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Timothy L. Weiland, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3047:
Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference
Michel L. Andre, Editor(s)

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