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Power conditioning development for the National Ignition Facility
Author(s): Mark A. Newton; Doug W. Larson; J. Michael Wilson; H. C. Harjes; M. E. Savage; R. L. Anderson
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Paper Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a high energy glass laser system and target chamber that will be used for research in inertial confinement fusion. The 192 beams of the NIF laser system are pumped by over 8600 Xenon flashlamps. The power conditioning system for NIF must deliver nearly 300 MJ of energy to the flashlamps in a cost effective and reliable manner. The present system design has over 200 capacitive energy storage modules that store approximately 1.7 MJ each and deliver that energy through a single switch assembly to 20 parallel sets of two series flashlamps. Although these are many possible system designs, few will meet the aggressive cost goals necessary to make the system affordable. Sandia National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are developing the system and component technologies that will be required to build the power conditioning system for the National Ignition Facility. This paper will describe the ongoing development activities for the NIF power conditioning system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3047, Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294360
Show Author Affiliations
Mark A. Newton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Doug W. Larson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Michael Wilson, Sandia National Lab. (United States)
H. C. Harjes, Sandia National Lab. (United States)
M. E. Savage, Sandia National Lab. (United States)
R. L. Anderson, American Controls Engineering (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3047:
Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference
Michel L. Andre, Editor(s)

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