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National Ignition Facility commissioning and performance
Author(s): Bruno M. Van Wonterghem; Scott C. Burkhart; Christopher A. Haynam; Kenneth R. Manes; Christopher D. Marshall; James E. Murray; Mary L. Spaeth; David Ralph Speck; Steven B. Sutton; Paul J. Wegner
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Paper Abstract

The National Ignition Facility at LLNL recently commissioned the first set of four beam lines into the target chamber. This effort, called NIF Early Light, demonstrated the entire laser system architecture from master oscillator through the laser amplifiers and final optics to target and initial X-ray diagnostics. This paper describes the major installation and commissioning steps for one of NIF's 48 beam quads. Using a dedicated single beam line Precision Diagnostic System, performance was explored over the entire power versus energy space up to 6.4 TW/beam for sub-nanosecond pulses and 25 kJ/beam for 23 ns pulses at 1w. NEL also demonstrated frequency converted Nd:Glass laser energies from a single beamline of 11.3 kJ at 2w and 10.4 kJ at 3w.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5341, Optical Engineering at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory II: The National Ignition Facility, (28 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.538464
Show Author Affiliations
Bruno M. Van Wonterghem, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Scott C. Burkhart, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Christopher A. Haynam, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Kenneth R. Manes, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Christopher D. Marshall, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
James E. Murray, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Mary L. Spaeth, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
David Ralph Speck, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Steven B. Sutton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Paul J. Wegner, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5341:
Optical Engineering at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory II: The National Ignition Facility
Monya A. Lane; Craig R. Wuest, Editor(s)

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