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Engineering the petawatt laser into Nova
Author(s): Gregory L. Tietbohl; Perry M. Bell; Ronald M. Hamilton; Jeffrey B. Horner; Robert L. Horton; Arthur P. Ludwigsen; John L. Miller; William H. Olson; C. S. Patel; Deanna Marie Pennington; Michael D. Vergino; Timothy L. Weiland
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Paper Abstract

The engineering process of integrating the Petawatt (1015 watts) laser system into the existing 30 kJ (UV) Nova laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is described in detail. The nanosecond-long, chirped Petawatt laser pulse is initially generated in a separate master oscillator room and then injected into one of Nova's 10 beamlines. There, the pulse is further amplified and enlarged to ~ Φ60 cm, temporally compressed under vacuum to <500 fs using large diameter diffraction gratings, and then finally focused onto targets using a parabolic mirror. The major Petawatt components are physically large which created many significant engineering challenges in design, installation and implementation. These include the diffraction gratings and mirrors, vacuum compressor chamber, target chamber, and parabolic focusing mirror. Other Petawatt system components were also technically challenging and include: an injection beamline, transport spatial filters, laser diagnostics, alignment components, motor controls, interlocks, timing and synchronization systems, support structures, and vacuum systems. The entire Petawatt laser system was designed, fabricated, installed, and activated while the Nova laser continued its normal two-shift operation. This process required careful engineering and detailed planning to prevent experimental downtime and to complete the project on schedule.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 June 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3264, High-Power Lasers, (24 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.311901
Show Author Affiliations
Gregory L. Tietbohl, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Perry M. Bell, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Ronald M. Hamilton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey B. Horner, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Robert L. Horton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Arthur P. Ludwigsen, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
John L. Miller, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
William H. Olson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
C. S. Patel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Deanna Marie Pennington, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Michael D. Vergino, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Timothy L. Weiland, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3264:
High-Power Lasers
Santanu Basu, Editor(s)

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