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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 13, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1974
  • pp: 2081–2094

High Power Nd:Glass Laser for Fusion Applications

J. Soures, S. Kumpan, and J. Hoose  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 13, Issue 9, pp. 2081-2094 (1974)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.13.002081


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Abstract

Experiments on laser-induced thermonuclear fusion require high brightness lasers capable of producing subnanosecond pulses with total energy content of several kilojoules. Of existing laser media, Nd:glass appears to be the best choice for meeting these criteria. In this paper we discuss the problems of designing a high power Nd:glass laser system. A detailed description of an operating two-beam system producing subnanosecond pulses with a maximum energy of 350 J per beam is presented, along with an extensive description of beam diagnostic techniques. A four beam version of this system became operational on 3 April 1974 and is now producing energies in excess of a kilojoule in subnanosecond pulses.

© 1974 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: December 26, 1973
Published: September 1, 1974

Citation
J. Soures, S. Kumpan, and J. Hoose, "High Power Nd:Glass Laser for Fusion Applications," Appl. Opt. 13, 2081-2094 (1974)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-13-9-2081

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