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Optical system design of the National Ignition Facility
Author(s): R. Edward English; Curt W. Laumann; John L. Miller; Lynn G. Seppala
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Paper Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a laser fusion facility being constructed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The neodymium-doped phosphate glass pulsed laser system will produce over 3.5 MJ of laser energy at a fundamental lasing wavelength of 1.053μm(1ω). The final optics assembly contains a pair of crystals (KDP/KD*P) and a focusing lens to convert the light by sum- frequency-mixing to 3ω(λ=0.35μm) and focus 1.8 MJ onto the target. The NIF optical system is large and complex. To give some perspective the NIF building is roughly 200 meters long X 85 meters wide. There are approximately 7500 optical components in the large aperture laser system--lenses, mirrors, polarizers, laser slabs, crystals, and windows--each with a clear aperture greater than 40 cm square. The front-end of the laser system contains more than 8000 smaller (5 - 15 cm) precision laser components. In this paper we will describe the optical system configuration, layout, and general design considerations. We will explain the path of the pulse through the various subsystems. Some of the top-level optical system and sub-system design requirements will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3482, International Optical Design Conference 1998, (21 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321971
Show Author Affiliations
R. Edward English, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Curt W. Laumann, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
John L. Miller, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Lynn G. Seppala, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3482:
International Optical Design Conference 1998
Leo R. Gardner; Kevin P. Thompson, Editor(s)

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