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Title: High-power pulsed lasers

The ideas that led to the successful construction and operation of large multibeam fusion lasers at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory are reviewed. These lasers are based on the use of Nd:glass laser materials. However, most of the concepts are applicable to any laser being designed for fusion experimentation. This report is a summary of lectures given by the author at the 20th Scottish University Summer School in Physics, on Laser Plasma Interaction. This report includes basic concepts of the laser plasma system, a discussion of lasers that are useful for short-pulse, high-power operation, laser design constraints, optical diagnostics, and system organization.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5124498
Report Number(s):
UCRL-52868
TRN: 80-015909
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
California Univ., Livermore (USA). Lawrence Livermore Lab.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 42 ENGINEERING; LASER FUSION REACTORS; REVIEWS; NEODYMIUM LASERS; DESIGN; OPTICAL SYSTEMS; SPECIFICATIONS; DOCUMENT TYPES; LASERS; SOLID STATE LASERS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS 700208* -- Fusion Power Plant Technology-- Inertial Confinement Technology; 420300 -- Engineering-- Lasers-- (-1989)