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Power Oscillator Circuit Modeling And Redesign For The Particle Beam Fusion Accelerator II (PBFA-II) Switch Trigger Laser
Author(s): David L. Smith; Roy A. Hamil; Kenneth R. Prestwich; Gerald J. Rohwein; Guy L. Donovan; Charles M. Schaub
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Paper Abstract

The energy output and reliability of the multi-joule, injection-locked KrF laser used to trigger the PBFA II accelerator gas switches were improved through modifications identified in modeling the Blumlein driver circuit for the power oscillator. A combination of the SCEPTRE1 network solver code and JASON2 electrostatic field code were used to model the laser pulse-forming circuit in its single-channel rail gap configuration and modified versions with three or five discrete switches across the 1.45-m-wide, water-insulated transmission line. Three regularly spaced trigatron spark gaps resulted in a more uniformly driven laser volume with lower variations in voltages (10%) and rise times (9%) along its length. With the new configuration, over 3000 shots have been recorded without a single misfire compared to an average of ---25 shots before a prefire with the original design. The gas mix and pressure had to be optimized to match a given driver pulse voltage and rise time to achieve maximum performance from the laser. We summarize the model results which led to our decision to change the Blumlein switch configuration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0735, Pulse Power for Lasers, (18 May 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.938047
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Smith, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
Roy A. Hamil, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
Kenneth R. Prestwich, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
Gerald J. Rohwein, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
Guy L. Donovan, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
Charles M. Schaub, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0735:
Pulse Power for Lasers
Tom R. Burkes, Editor(s)

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