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Multi-megajoule NIF: ushering in a new era in high energy density science
Author(s): E. Moses
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the status of the stadium-sized National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest laser system and first operational multi-megajoule laser. The 192-beam NIF, located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is 96% complete and scheduled for completion in March 2009. The NIF laser will produce nanosecond laser pulses with energies up to approximately 4 MJ in the infrared (laser wavelength = 1.053-μm) and 2MJ in the ultraviolet (laser wavelength = 0.35-μ m). With these energies NIF will access conditions of pressure and temperature not previously available on earth, allowing it to conduct experiments in support of the nation's national security, energy, and fundamental science goals. First ignition experiments at NIF are scheduled for FY2010. This paper will provide an overview of the NIF laser and the ignition, energy, and fundamental science activities at NIF.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7005, High-Power Laser Ablation VII, 70050F (12 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.782724
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E. Moses, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7005:
High-Power Laser Ablation VII
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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