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Overview of small optics for the National Ignition Facility
Author(s): David M. Aikens; Horst D. Bissinger
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Paper Abstract

LLNL's project to construct the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a 192 beam laser system capable of generating enough light energy necessary to achieve fusion ignition, will require 26,641 small optics, many of which will be supplied in the form of cleaned, tested and aligned assemblies. These assemblies will be built to print, cleaned to specifications, and tested to performance specifications, ready to be installed in the laser system. A wide range of potential suppliers will participate in the manufacture of these sophisticated opto-mechanical systems. The injection laser system requires 7,440 precision optical components manufactured to state of the art performance specifications. In addition to 550 aspheric lenses, almost 2,000 precision spherical elements are required. Wave-fronts are specified in terms of P-V, RMS and RMS Gradient wave-front error, with strict requirements on the filtering and resolution which is required. Precision polarizers, high reflectors, leaking mirrors, high damage threshold coatings and cleanliness levels of 50 to 100 are also specified for this section of the NIF laser. The alignment and diagnostics systems for the NIF require 19,201 optics, many of which have requirements that exceed those of the injection laser system. All of these optics will be purchased using the ISO 10110 drawing notations. Other sections of the laser system will utilize commercial, off the shelf components to control cost. This paper will give an overview of the project and its objectives, with specific attention to the small optics required for the NIF.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3782, Optical Manufacturing and Testing III, (11 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.369227
Show Author Affiliations
David M. Aikens, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Horst D. Bissinger, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3782:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing III
H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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