Scott C. Burkhart
Manager/NIF Project
SPIE Involvement:
Area of Expertise:
Laser Alignment , Laser Diagnostics , Electromagnetics , High-speed transient electronics
Profile Summary

Responsible for operations maintenance for NIF Laser systems, including system alignment, oscillator systems, preamplifer systems, power amplifier, diagnostics, final optics, optics inspection. Prior to this was responsible for developing precision placement and laser alignment systems for NIF, the worlds most energetic laser system. Has a fundamental patent on the NIF laser pulseshaping system. Two papers in 2010 and 2011 through SPIE and OSA detail NIF laser alignment innovations which led to the present successful operating system. Prior to NIF, was responsible for a number of high-speed electronics and microwave engineering systems for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Publications (22)

Proceedings Article | 26 February 2015 Paper
Richard Leach, Ilona Beltsar, Scott Burkhart, Roger Lowe-Webb, Victoria Miller-Kamm, Thad Salmon, Karl Wilhelmsen
Proceedings Volume 9345, 93450D (2015)
KEYWORDS: National Ignition Facility, Cameras, Sensors, Databases, Optical alignment, Near field, Optical amplifiers, Near field optics, Diagnostics, Attenuators

Proceedings Article | 20 February 2013 Paper
S. Burkhart, A. Awwal, M. Borden, T. Budge, J. Campbell, S. Dixit, M. Henesian , K. Jancaitis, D. Jedlovec, R. Leach, R. Lowe-Webb, B. MacGowan, S. Pratuch, J. Palma, T. Salmon, D. Smauley, L. Smith, S. Sommer, P. Wegner, K. Wilhelmsen, M. Witte, N. Wong
Proceedings Volume 8602, 860203 (2013)
KEYWORDS: National Ignition Facility, Relays, Optical amplifiers, Telescopes, Image processing, Fusion energy, Data acquisition, Mirrors, Laser energy, Spatial filters

Proceedings Article | 15 October 2012 Paper
D. Kalantar, P. Di Nicola, N. Shingleton, S. Burkhart, J. Dzenitis, J. Klingmann, J. Lawson, J. Lutz, D. Manha, A. Manuel, T. Mccarville, Elizabeth Palma, D. Pigg, K. Widmann, R. Wood
Proceedings Volume 8505, 850509 (2012)
KEYWORDS: Diagnostics, National Ignition Facility, Cameras, Optical alignment, Sensors, Prisms, X-rays, Calibration, Mirrors, X-ray optics

Proceedings Article | 22 September 2011 Paper
Abdul A. S. Awwal, Anastacia Manuel, Philip Datte, Mark Eckart, Mark Jackson, Steve Azevedo, Scott Burkhart
Proceedings Volume 8134, 81340J (2011)
KEYWORDS: Cameras, National Ignition Facility, Charge-coupled devices, Sensors, Image processing, CCD cameras, Image fusion, Radiation effects, CCD image sensors, Detection and tracking algorithms

Proceedings Article | 8 September 2010 Paper
S. Burkhart, E. Bliss, P. Di Nicola, D. Kalantar, R. Lowe-Webb, T. McCarville, D. Nelson, T. Salmon, T. Schindler, J. Villanueva, K. Wilhelmsen
Proceedings Volume 7797, 77970M (2010)
KEYWORDS: National Ignition Facility, Mirrors, Spatial filters, Kinematics, Optical alignment, Image processing, Control systems, Optical amplifiers, Sensors, Relays

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Proceedings Volume Editor (1)

SPIE Conference Volume | 20 August 2010

Conference Committee Involvement (7)
High Power Lasers for Fusion Research IV
30 January 2017 | San Francisco, California, United States
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VII
25 August 2013 | San Diego, California, United States
High-Power Lasers for Fusion Research II
7 February 2013 | San Francisco, California, United States
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VI
12 August 2012 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification V
21 August 2011 | San Diego, California, United States
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