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Title: Operations on the National Ignition Facility

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a fully operational high energy density physics experimental user facility that focuses 192 laser beams onto a small target at the center of a target chamber. This paper describes how we execute experimental shots on the NIF, both from the user perspective and from the facility perspective. We review the planning processes and tools used to facilitate operations. Safety and radiological aspects of NIF’s operations are discussed. We also describe efforts to continuously improve operations and further increase shot rate.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1305906
Report Number(s):
LLNL-JRNL--652233
Journal ID: ISSN 1536-1055
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Fusion Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 69; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1536-1055
Publisher:
American Nuclear Society
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING National Ignition Facility; operations; maintenance