A comparison has been made between proposed configurations for Nd-glass laser systems for fusion. Detailed theoretical modeling of pulse propagation has been carried out using a linearized model with the variables taken to be time, axial coordinate, and one transverse coordinate. A non-temporally varying, three-spatial dimension model was also used to correct the linearized two-spatial dimension calculations. A 105 J system using 200 slab amplifiers and 20 spatial filters and having a 10-4 rad divergence appears feasible.
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L. A. Bolshov, A. M. Dykhne, N. G. Kovalsky, A. N. Kolomijsky, T. K. Kirichenko, M. I. Pergament, Yu. P. Rudnitsky, R. V. Smirnov, A. N. Starostin, V. M. Chernjak, L. M. Degtjarev, and A. L. Kopa-Ovdienko, "Choice of an optimum multichannel Nd:glass laser system for fusion experiments," Appl. Opt. 19, 924-929 (1980)