Accession Number:

ADA609999

Title:

Plasma Electrode Pockels Cell Subsystem Performance in the National Ignition Facility

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LAB CA

Report Date:

2007-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The Plasma Electrode Pockels Cell PEPC subsystem is a key component of the National Ignition Facility, enabling the laser to employ an efficient four-pass main amplifier architecture. PEPC relies on a pulsed power technology to initiate and maintain plasma within the cells and to provide the necessary high voltage bias to the cells nonlinear crystals. Ultimately, nearly 300 high-voltage, high-current pulse generators will be deployed in the NIF in support of PEPC. Production of solid-state plasma pulse generators and thyratron-switched pulse generators is now complete, with the majority of the hardware deployed in the facility. An entire cluster one-fourth of a complete NIF has been commissioned and is operating on a routine basis, supporting laser shot operations. Another cluster has been deployed, awaiting final commissioning. Activation and commissioning of new hardware continues to progress in parallel, driving toward a goal of completing the PEPC subsystem in late 2007.

Subject Categories:

  • Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE