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The Omega Fusion Laser System
Author(s): John Hoose
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Paper Abstract

The OMEGA laser irradiation facility is described with particular emphasis on the laser system, target system and control room. Some of the major systeths integration efforts are explained as well as their interactions. Design considerations and their impact on system performance and schedule are discussed. The problems of operating a users' facility for laser interaction experiments are mentioned. The Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester has designed and is preparing to construct a 30 terawatt neodymium glass laser irradiation facility, called OMEGA, for experiments in laser fusion. This paper describes the various subsystems contained in the facility and some of the requirements for system integration. A detailed description of the Beam Synchronization Subsystem is included as a specific example of the complex systems integration effort involved in the construction of the OMEGA system. OMEGA is designed as a National "Users" facility for laser-matter interaction studies on spherical targets. Figure 1 lists the general system objectives in terms of the overall characteristics and requirements for this sort of facility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 1977
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0103, Systems Integration and Optical Design: Another Look, (10 August 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955392
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John Hoose, University of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0103:
Systems Integration and Optical Design: Another Look
Stanley Refermat, Editor(s)

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