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21 September 2017 Implementation of the next-generation Gas Cherenkov Detector at the National Ignition Facility
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The newest Gas Cherenkov Detector (GCD-3) diagnostic has completed its Phase I commissioning/milestone at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). GCD-3 was fielded for several years at the Omega Laser Facility in its initial configuration, before being moved to the NIF. Installation at the NIF involved optimization of GCD-3 for the higher background environment and designing a new insertion carrier assembly. GCD-3 serves as the initial phase towards the implementation of the “Super GCD” (SGCD) at the NIF. During this phase of development GCD-3 took measurements from a re-entrant well, 3.9 meters from target chamber center (TCC). Plans to insert GCD-3 within 20 cm of TCC with a Target and Diagnostic Manipulator (TANDM) will be discussed. Data was collected using a Photomultiplier Tube (PMT) in combination with a Mach-Zehnder based recording system. These measurements were used to aid in shielding analysis, validate MCNP models, and fuel design efforts for the SGCD. Findings from the initial data will be covered extensively, including an in-depth look into sources of background and possible mitigation strategies. Ongoing development of phase two, the addition of an ultra-high bandwidth Pulse Dilatation Photomultiplier Tube (PD-PMT), will also be presented.
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J. A. Carrera, H. W. Herrmann, H. Y. Khater, A. C. Carpenter, B. V. Beeman, J. E. Hernandez, S. Sitaraman, F. E. Lopez, A. B. Zylstra, J. R. Griego, Y. H. Kim, S. A. Gales, C. J. Horsfield, J. S. Milnes, and J. D. Hares "Implementation of the next-generation Gas Cherenkov Detector at the National Ignition Facility", Proc. SPIE 10390, Target Diagnostics Physics and Engineering for Inertial Confinement Fusion VI, 103900K (21 September 2017);

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