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  • 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)

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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

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

Stephen E. Bodner, "Comment on "National Ignition Facility laser performance status"," Appl. Opt. 47, 1387-1388 (2008)

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