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Title: Preparing for Ignition Experiments on the National Ignition Facility

Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a 192-beam Nd-glass laser facility presently under construction at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for performing ignition experiments for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and experiments studying high energy density (HED) science. NIF will produce 1.8 MJ, 500 TW of ultraviolet light ({lambda} = 351 nm) making it the world's largest and most powerful laser system. NIF will be the world's preeminent facility for the study of matter at extreme temperatures and densities for producing and developing ICF. The ignition studies will be an essential step in developing inertial fusion energy (IFE). the NIF Project is over 93% complete and scheduled for completion in 2009. Experiments using one beam have demonstrated that NIF can meet all of its performance goals. A detailed plan called the National Ignition Campaign (NIC) has been developed to begin ignition experiments in 2010. The plan includes the target physics and the equipment such as diagnostics, cryogenic target manipulator and user optics required for the ignition experiment. Target designs have been developed that calculate to ignite at energy as low as 1 MJ. Plans are under way to make NIF a national user facility for experiments on HED physics and nuclearmore » science, including experiments relevant to the development of IFE.« less

Authors:
;
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
924969
Report Number(s):
UCRL-CONF-234135
Journal ID: ISSN 0920-3796; TRN: US0803012
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Volume: 83; Journal Issue: 7-9; Conference: Presented at: 8th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology, Heidelberg, Germany, Sep 30 - Oct 05, 2007
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; CONSTRUCTION; CRYOGENICS; ENERGY DENSITY; IGNITION; INERTIAL CONFINEMENT; LASERS; LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY; MANIPULATORS; OPTICS; PERFORMANCE; PHYSICS; TARGETS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; US NATIONAL IGNITION FACILITY

Citation Formats

Moses, E, and Meier, W. Preparing for Ignition Experiments on the National Ignition Facility. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1016/j.fusengdes.2008.05.043.
Moses, E, & Meier, W. Preparing for Ignition Experiments on the National Ignition Facility. United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2008.05.043
Moses, E, and Meier, W. 2007. "Preparing for Ignition Experiments on the National Ignition Facility". United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2008.05.043. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/924969.
@article{osti_924969,
title = {Preparing for Ignition Experiments on the National Ignition Facility},
author = {Moses, E and Meier, W},
abstractNote = {The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a 192-beam Nd-glass laser facility presently under construction at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for performing ignition experiments for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and experiments studying high energy density (HED) science. NIF will produce 1.8 MJ, 500 TW of ultraviolet light ({lambda} = 351 nm) making it the world's largest and most powerful laser system. NIF will be the world's preeminent facility for the study of matter at extreme temperatures and densities for producing and developing ICF. The ignition studies will be an essential step in developing inertial fusion energy (IFE). the NIF Project is over 93% complete and scheduled for completion in 2009. Experiments using one beam have demonstrated that NIF can meet all of its performance goals. A detailed plan called the National Ignition Campaign (NIC) has been developed to begin ignition experiments in 2010. The plan includes the target physics and the equipment such as diagnostics, cryogenic target manipulator and user optics required for the ignition experiment. Target designs have been developed that calculate to ignite at energy as low as 1 MJ. Plans are under way to make NIF a national user facility for experiments on HED physics and nuclear science, including experiments relevant to the development of IFE.},
doi = {10.1016/j.fusengdes.2008.05.043},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/924969}, journal = {},
issn = {0920-3796},
number = 7-9,
volume = 83,
place = {United States},
year = {2007},
month = {8}
}

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