Performance results of the high gain, Nd: glass, engineering prototype preamplifier module (PAM) for the National Ignition Facility (NIF)

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We describe recent, energetics performance results on the engineering preamplifier module (PAM) prototype located in the front end of the 1.8MJ National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser system. Three vertically mounted subsystem located in the PAM provide laser gain as well as spatial beam shaping. The first subsystem in the PAM prototype is a diode pumped, Nd:glass, linear, TEM{sub 00}, 4.5m long regenerative amplifier cavity. With a single diode pumped head, we amplify a 1nJ, mode matched, temporally shaped ({approx} 20ns) seed pulse by a factor of approximately 10{sup 7} to 20mJ. The second subsystem in the PAM is the beam ... continued below

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Braucht, J.; Browning, D.; Crane, J. K.; Crawford, J.; Deadrick, F. J.; Hawkins, S. et al. February 9, 1999.

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We describe recent, energetics performance results on the engineering preamplifier module (PAM) prototype located in the front end of the 1.8MJ National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser system. Three vertically mounted subsystem located in the PAM provide laser gain as well as spatial beam shaping. The first subsystem in the PAM prototype is a diode pumped, Nd:glass, linear, TEM{sub 00}, 4.5m long regenerative amplifier cavity. With a single diode pumped head, we amplify a 1nJ, mode matched, temporally shaped ({approx} 20ns) seed pulse by a factor of approximately 10{sup 7} to 20mJ. The second subsystem in the PAM is the beam shaping module, which magnifies the gaussian output beam of the regenerative amplifier to provide a 30mm x 30mm square beam that is spatially shaped in two dimensions to pre-compensate for radial gain profiles in the main amplifiers. The final subsystem in the PAM is the 4-pass amplifier which relay images the 1mJ output of the beam shaper through four gain passes in a {phi}5cm x 48cm flashlamp pumped rod amplifier, amplifying the energy to 175. The system gain of the PAM is 10{sup 10}. Each PAM provides 35 of injected energy to four separate main amplifier chains which in turn delivers 1.8MJ in 192 frequency converted laser beams to the target for a broad range of laser fusion experiments.

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  • Photonics West '99 Symposium, San Jose, CA (US), 01/23/1999--01/29/1999

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  • Report No.: 39DP02000
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 14710
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Braucht, J.; Browning, D.; Crane, J. K.; Crawford, J.; Deadrick, F. J.; Hawkins, S. et al. Performance results of the high gain, Nd: glass, engineering prototype preamplifier module (PAM) for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), article, February 9, 1999; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc624006/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.