Scott C. Burkhart
Manager/NIF Project at
SPIE Involvement:
Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Author
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 (23)

Proceedings Article | 26 February 2015
Proc. SPIE. 9345, High Power Lasers for Fusion Research III
KEYWORDS: Optical amplifiers, Cameras, Sensors, Databases, Diagnostics, Near field, Attenuators, Optical alignment, National Ignition Facility, Near field optics

Proceedings Article | 20 February 2013
Proc. SPIE. 8602, High Power Lasers for Fusion Research II
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Optical amplifiers, Spatial filters, Image processing, Laser energy, Data acquisition, Relays, National Ignition Facility, Fusion energy

Proceedings Article | 15 October 2012
Proc. SPIE. 8505, Target Diagnostics Physics and Engineering for Inertial Confinement Fusion
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Prisms, X-ray optics, Cameras, Sensors, Calibration, X-rays, Diagnostics, Optical alignment, National Ignition Facility

Proceedings Article | 22 September 2011
Proc. SPIE. 8134, Optics and Photonics for Information Processing V
KEYWORDS: Image fusion, Detection and tracking algorithms, Cameras, Sensors, Image processing, CCD cameras, Charge-coupled devices, Radiation effects, CCD image sensors, National Ignition Facility

Proceedings Article | 8 September 2010
Proc. SPIE. 7797, Optics and Photonics for Information Processing IV
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Optical amplifiers, Spatial filters, Sensors, Image processing, Control systems, Kinematics, Relays, Optical alignment, National Ignition Facility

SPIE Conference Volume | 20 August 2010

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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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