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Optical Components For The SHIVA Laser
Author(s): E. P. Wallerstein; F. T. Marchi; W. T. Whistler; H. D. Bissinger
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Paper Abstract

SHIVA, the 10-kilojule Neodymium-glass laser for the High Energy Laser Facility at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory has been built, exceeded minimum energy predictions, and is currently being applied to laser fusion experiments. The twenty, 20-cm aperture arms con-tain a total of about 1500 optical components for beam propagation, and another 1000 elements are used for control systems and diagnostics. In order to focus the energy on targets smaller than 1 mm in diameter, it has been necessary to maintain very high optical quality throughout the system. The manufacturing and testing technologies involved in meeting this challenge have been noteworthy and have encompassed glass manufacturing, optical finishing, and coating, for elements as diverse as Faraday rotators, laser rods and disks and aspheric lenses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1978
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0131, Practical Infrared Optics, (4 May 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956044
Show Author Affiliations
E. P. Wallerstein, University of California (United States)
F. T. Marchi, University of California (United States)
W. T. Whistler, University of California (United States)
H. D. Bissinger, University of California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0131:
Practical Infrared Optics
Jerrold Zimmerman; George Speake, Editor(s)

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