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Upgrade of the OMEGA laser system
Author(s): Thomas R. Boehly; Robert Stephen Craxton; Robert J. Hutchison; John H. Kelly; Terrance J. Kessler; Steven A. Kumpan; Samuel A. Letzring; Robert L. McCrory; Samuel F.B. Morse; Wolf D. Seka; Stanley Skupsky; John M. Soures; Charles P. Verdon
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Paper Abstract

Funding for the OMEGA laser Upgrade project has been approved and the design of a 30-kJ, 351-nm, 60-beam laser system has begun. This system will provide a unique capability to validate high-performance, direct-drive laser-fusion targets. We highlight various design features of a system that will attain 1% - 2% irradiation uniformity with versatile pulse shaping, thus providing a wide range of irradiation options for direct-drive experiments. The Nd:glass laser system consists of 60 beamlines using 20-cm disk power-amplifiers, frequency- tripling, phase conversion with diffractive optics, and smoothing by spectral dispersion (SSD). The initial pulse shape will be achieved by co-axial propagation of two beams having different pulse widths. These 'main' and 'foot' pulses will occupy different portions of the laser aperture. In addition, electro-optic technology will be used for shaping and truncation of these pulses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1627, Solid State Lasers III, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60169
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas R. Boehly, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Robert Stephen Craxton, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Robert J. Hutchison, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
John H. Kelly, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Terrance J. Kessler, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Steven A. Kumpan, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Samuel A. Letzring, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Robert L. McCrory, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Samuel F.B. Morse, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Wolf D. Seka, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Stanley Skupsky, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
John M. Soures, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Charles P. Verdon, Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1627:
Solid State Lasers III
Gregory J. Quarles, Editor(s)

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