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An overview of target and diagnostic alignment at the National Ignition Facility
Author(s): D. H. Kalantar; P. Di Nicola; N. Shingleton; S. Burkhart; J. Dzenitis; J. Klingmann; J. Lawson; J. Lutz; D. Manha; A. M. Manuel; T. Mccarville; Elizabeth Palma; D. Pigg; K. Widmann; R. Wood
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Paper Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a 192-beam high energy laser designed for Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), and High Energy Density (HED) and basic science experiments. In order to achieve ignition with an ICF target, the beam and target alignment must be performed within very tight specifications. At the same time, in order to be able to conduct the wide range of HED and basic science experiments, the facility must be able to meet the tight tolerances for both main and offset backlighter beams and targets. To diagnose the ignition event, many different target diagnostics are employed, including optical, x-ray, and nuclear diagnostics. These target diagnostics must also be positioned accurately and reliably within very tight specifications in order to ensure good data is acquired. In this paper, we describe the strategy for beam, target, and diagnostic alignment at NIF.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8505, Target Diagnostics Physics and Engineering for Inertial Confinement Fusion, 850509 (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.969066
Show Author Affiliations
D. H. Kalantar, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
P. Di Nicola, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
N. Shingleton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. Burkhart, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Dzenitis, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Klingmann, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Lawson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Lutz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
D. Manha, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
A. M. Manuel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
T. Mccarville, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Elizabeth Palma, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
D. Pigg, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
K. Widmann, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. Wood, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8505:
Target Diagnostics Physics and Engineering for Inertial Confinement Fusion
Perry Bell; Gary P. Grim, Editor(s)

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