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Megajoule laser project and polishing processes for high laser induced damage threshold at 351 nm
Author(s): J. Néauport; P. Cormont; N. Darbois; A. During; N. Ferriou; E. Lavastre; I. Legoff; D. Leschuitta; C. Maunier; C. Pellegrini; D. Taroux; D. Valla
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Paper Abstract

The Megajoule laser, designed for the study of high energy density plasma, is currently being constructed at the CEA Cesta near Bordeaux in France. Constituted of 240 laser beams, this facility will by able to concentrate 1.8MJ of energy on a target placed in the centre of a vacuum chamber in order to obtain fusion. The 240 beams of the LMJ have a right section of 40 x 40 cm2 and are equipped with about 40 optical parts of various types: laser slabs, lenses, mirrors, diffractive optics. All of them have to sustain very high fluence induced by the laser beam. Manufacturing 9000 large laser optics of this type is a real technological and economical challenge. This presentation gives an overview of this activity and details the main recent development realized. In addition, we present results on the current development program made to improve lifetime of fused silica optics at the wavelength of 351 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5965, Optical Fabrication, Testing, and Metrology II, 59650N (20 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.633499
Show Author Affiliations
J. Néauport, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
P. Cormont, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
N. Darbois, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
A. During, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
N. Ferriou, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
E. Lavastre, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
I. Legoff, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
D. Leschuitta, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
C. Maunier, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
C. Pellegrini, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
D. Taroux, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
D. Valla, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5965:
Optical Fabrication, Testing, and Metrology II
Angela Duparré; Roland Geyl; Lingli Wang, Editor(s)

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