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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1387–1388

Comment on "National Ignition Facility laser performance status"

Stephen E. Bodner  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 10, pp. 1387-1388 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.47.001387


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Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser has not yet achieved two of the stated requirements needed for testing and evaluating ignition targets. The laser focal spot size is more than a factor of 2 too large, and the laser bandwidth is more than a factor of 2 too small.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2007
Published: March 27, 2008

Citation
Stephen E. Bodner, "Comment on "National Ignition Facility laser performance status"," Appl. Opt. 47, 1387-1388 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-47-10-1387


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