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The National Ignition Facility: the world's largest optics and laser system
Author(s): Edward I. Moses; John H. Campbell; Christopher J. Stolz; Craig R. Wuest
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Paper Abstract

The National Ignition Facility, a center for the study of high energy density plasma physics and fusion energy ignition, is currently under construction at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The heart of the NIF is a frequency tripled, flashlamp-pumped Nd:glass laser system comprised of 192 independent laser beams. The laser system is capable of gen-erating output energies of 1.8MJ at 351nm and at peak powers of 500 TW in a flexible temporal pulse format. A descrip-tion of the NIF laser system and its major components is presented. We also discuss the manufacture of nearly 7500 pre-cision large optics required by the NIF including data on the manufactured optical quality vs. specification. In addition, we present results from an on-going program to improve the operational lifetime of optics exposed to high fluence in the 351-nm section of the laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 June 2003
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5001, Optical Engineering at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, (18 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.500351
Show Author Affiliations
Edward I. Moses, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
John H. Campbell, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Christopher J. Stolz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Craig R. Wuest, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5001:
Optical Engineering at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Theodore T. Saito; Monya A. Lane, Editor(s)

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