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
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)