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Optical assembly and alignment for the National Ignition Facility project
Author(s): Patricia A. Hurst; Erna L. Grasz; Henry Wong; Ed H. Schmitt; Matt R. Simmons
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Paper Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) will use about 8,000 large optics to carry a high-power laser through a stadium- size building, and will do so on a very tight schedule and budget. The collocated Optics Assembly Building (OAB) will assemble and align, in a clean-room environment, the NIF's large optics, which are the biggest optics ever assembled in such an environment. In addition, the OAB must allow for just-in-time processing and clean transfer to the areas where the optics will be used. By using a mixture of off- the-shelf and newly designed equipment and by working with industry, we have developed innovative handling systems to perform the clean assembly and precise alignment required for the full variety of optics, as well as for postassembly inspection. We have also developed a set of loading mechanisms that safely get the clean optics to their places in the main NIF building.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 June 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3264, High-Power Lasers, (24 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.311903
Show Author Affiliations
Patricia A. Hurst, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Erna L. Grasz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Henry Wong, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Ed H. Schmitt, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Matt R. Simmons, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


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

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