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Next-Generation Laser for Inertial Confinement Fusion

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Abstract

We are developing and building the "Mercury" laser system as the first in a series of a new generation of diode-pumped solid-state lasers (DPSSL) for advanced high energy density (HED) physics experiments at LLNL (see Figure 1 below). Mercury will be the first integrated demonstration of a scalable laser architecture compatible with advanced Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) goals. Primary performance goals include 10% efficiencies at 10 Hz and a <10 ns pulse with 1ω energies of 100 J and with 2ω/3ω frequency conversion. Achieving this performance will provide a near term capability for HED experiments and prove the potential of DPSSLs for inertial fusion energy (IFE).

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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