28 May 2004 National Ignition Facility commissioning and performance
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The National Ignition Facility at LLNL recently commissioned the first set of four beam lines into the target chamber. This effort, called NIF Early Light, demonstrated the entire laser system architecture from master oscillator through the laser amplifiers and final optics to target and initial X-ray diagnostics. This paper describes the major installation and commissioning steps for one of NIF's 48 beam quads. Using a dedicated single beam line Precision Diagnostic System, performance was explored over the entire power versus energy space up to 6.4 TW/beam for sub-nanosecond pulses and 25 kJ/beam for 23 ns pulses at 1w. NEL also demonstrated frequency converted Nd:Glass laser energies from a single beamline of 11.3 kJ at 2w and 10.4 kJ at 3w.
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Bruno M. Van Wonterghem, Scott C. Burkhart, Christopher A. Haynam, Kenneth R. Manes, Christopher D. Marshall, James E. Murray, Mary L. Spaeth, David Ralph Speck, Steven B. Sutton, Paul J. Wegner, "National Ignition Facility commissioning and performance", Proc. SPIE 5341, Optical Engineering at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory II: The National Ignition Facility, (28 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.538464; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.538464
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