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Status of the National Ignition Facility project
Author(s): W. Howard Lowdermilk
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Paper Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) Project being constructed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will use advanced Nd-glass laser technology to deliver 1.8 MJ of 0.35-micrometers laser light in a shaped pulse, several nanoseconds in duration, achieving a peak power of 500 TW. A national community of U.S. laboratories is participating in this project, now in its final design phase. France and the US have collaborated on numerous technology developments for NIF and the French Megajoule Laser Project (LMJ). Separate and more limited collaborations between the US and UK have taken place under agreements predating NIF and LMJ. This paper presents the status of the laser design and development of its principal components and optical elements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 3047, Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294296
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W. Howard Lowdermilk, 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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