The National Ignition Facility (NIF) wavefront control system

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A wavefront control system will be employed on NIF to correct beam aberrations that otherwise would limit the minimum target focal spot size. For most applications, NIF requires a focal spot that is a few times the diffraction limit. Sources of aberrations that must be corrected include prompt pump-induced distortions in the laser slabs, thermal distortions in the laser slabs from previous shots, manufacturing figure errors in the optics, beam off-axis effects, gas density variations, and gravity, mounting, and coating- induced optic distortions. The NIF Wavefront Control System consists of five subsystems: 1) a deformable mirror, 2) a wavefront sensor, ... continued below

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Van Atta, L; Bliss, E; Bruns, D; Feldman, M; Grey, A; Henesian, M et al. August 17, 1998.

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A wavefront control system will be employed on NIF to correct beam aberrations that otherwise would limit the minimum target focal spot size. For most applications, NIF requires a focal spot that is a few times the diffraction limit. Sources of aberrations that must be corrected include prompt pump-induced distortions in the laser slabs, thermal distortions in the laser slabs from previous shots, manufacturing figure errors in the optics, beam off-axis effects, gas density variations, and gravity, mounting, and coating- induced optic distortions. The NIF Wavefront Control System consists of five subsystems: 1) a deformable mirror, 2) a wavefront sensor, 3) a computer controller, 4) a wavefront reference system, and 5) a system of fast actuators to allow the wavefront control system to operate to within one second of the laser shot. The system includes the capability for in situ calibrations and operates in closed loop prior to the shot. Shot wavefront data is recorded. This paper describes the function, realization, and performance of each wavefront control subsystem. Subsystem performance will be characterized by computer models and by test results. The focal spot improvement in the NIF laser system effected by the wavefront control system will be characterized through computer models.

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  • Third Annual International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion, Monterey, CA, June 6-12, 1998

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JC-130031
  • Grant Number: W-7405-Eng-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 7717
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc719132

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Van Atta, L; Bliss, E; Bruns, D; Feldman, M; Grey, A; Henesian, M et al. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) wavefront control system, article, August 17, 1998; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc719132/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.