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23 July 1999 National Ignition Facility (NIF) wavefront control system
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Proceedings Volume 3492, Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion; (1999) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.354181
Event: Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion, 1998, Monterey, CA, United States
Abstract
A wavefront control system will be employed on NIF to correct beam aberrations that otherwise would limit the minimum target focal spot size. For most applications, NIF requires a focal spot that is a few times the diffraction limit. Sources of aberrations that must be corrected include prompt pump-induced distortions in the laser slabs, thermal distortions in the laser slabs from previous shots, manufacturing figure errors in the optics, beam off-axis effects, gas density variations, and gravity, mounting, and coating-induced optic distortions.
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Richard A. Zacharias, Erlan S. Bliss, Mark Feldman, Andrew Grey, Mark A. Henesian, Jeffrey A. Koch, Janice K. Lawson, Richard A. Sacks, J. Thaddeus Salmon, John S. Toeppen, Lewis Van Atta, Scott Winters, Bruce W. Woods, Carlo Lafiandra, and Donald G. Bruns "National Ignition Facility (NIF) wavefront control system", Proc. SPIE 3492, Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion, (23 July 1999); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.354181
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