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OMEGA Upgrade laser for direct-drive target experiments

  • J.M. Soures (a1), R.L. McCrory (a1), T.R. Boehly (a1), R.S. Craxton (a1), S.D. Jacobs (a1), J.H. Kelly (a1), T.J. Kessler (a1), J.P. Knauer (a1), R.L. Kremens (a1), S.A. Kumpan (a1), S.A. Letzring (a1), W.D. Seka (a1), R.W. Short (a1), M.D. Skeldon (a1), S. Skupsky (a1) and C.P. Verdon (a1)...

Abstract

Validation of the direct-drive approach to inertial confinement fusion requires the development of a 351-nm wavelength, 30-kJ, 50-TW laser system with flexible pulse shaping and irradiation uniformity approaching 1%. An upgrade of the existing OMEGA direct-drive facility at Rochester is planned to meet these objectives. In this article, we review the design rationale and specifications of the OMEGA Upgrade laser with particular emphasis on techniques planned to achieve the required degree of beam smoothing, temporal pulse shape, and beam-to-beam power balance.

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OMEGA Upgrade laser for direct-drive target experiments

  • J.M. Soures (a1), R.L. McCrory (a1), T.R. Boehly (a1), R.S. Craxton (a1), S.D. Jacobs (a1), J.H. Kelly (a1), T.J. Kessler (a1), J.P. Knauer (a1), R.L. Kremens (a1), S.A. Kumpan (a1), S.A. Letzring (a1), W.D. Seka (a1), R.W. Short (a1), M.D. Skeldon (a1), S. Skupsky (a1) and C.P. Verdon (a1)...

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