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Issue of FM to AM conversion on the National Ignition Facility
Author(s): Joshua E. Rothenberg; Donald F. Browning; Russell B. Wilcox
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Paper Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) baseline configuration for inertial confinement fusion requires phase modulation for two purposes. First, approximately 12 angstrom of frequency modulation (FM) bandwidth at low modulation frequency is required to suppress buildup of Stimulated Brioullin scattering in the large aperture laser optics. Also, approximately 3 angstrom or more bandwidth at high modulation frequency is required for smoothing of the speckle pattern illuminating the target by the smoothing by spectral dispersion method. Ideally, imposition of bandwidth by pure phase modulation does not affect the beam intensity. Ideally, imposition of bandwidth by pure phase modulation does not affect the beam intensity. However, as a result of a large number of effects, the FM converts to amplitude modulation (AM). In general this adversely affects the laser performance, e.g. by reducing the margin against damage to the optics. In particular, very large conversion of FM to AM has been observed in the NIF all-fiber master oscillator and distribution systems. The various mechanisms leading to AM are analyzed and approaches to minimizing their effects are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3492, Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion, (23 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354253
Show Author Affiliations
Joshua E. Rothenberg, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Donald F. Browning, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Russell B. Wilcox, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3492:
Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion
W. Howard Lowdermilk, Editor(s)

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