Target diagnostic system for the national ignition facility (invited)

R. J. Leeper, G. A. Chandler, G. W. Cooper, M. S. Derzon, D. L. Fehl, D. E. Hebron, A. R. Moats, D. D. Noack, J. L. Porter, L. E. Ruggles, C. L. Ruiz, J. A. Torres, M. D. Cable, P. M. Bell, C. A. Clower, B. A. Hammel, D. H. Kalantar, V. P. Karpenko, R. L. Kauffman, J. D. KilkennyF. D. Lee, R. A. Lerche, B. J. MacGowan, M. J. Moran, M. B. Nelson, W. Olson, T. J. Orzechowski, T. W. Phillips, D. Ress, G. L. Tietbohl, J. E. Trebes, R. J. Bartlett, R. Berggren, S. E. Caldwell, R. E. Chrien, B. H. Failor, J. C. Fernandez, A. Hauer, G. Idzorek, R. G. Hockaday, T. J. Murphy, J. Oertel, R. Watt, M. Wilke, D. K. Bradley, J. Knauer, R. D. Petrasso, C. K. Li

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A review of recent progress on the design of a diagnostic system proposed for ignition target experiments on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) will be presented. This diagnostic package contains an extensive suite of optical, x ray, gamma ray, and neutron diagnostics that enable measurements of the performance of both direct and indirect driven NIF targets. The philosophy used in designing all of the diagnostics in the set has emphasized redundant and independent measurement of fundamental physical quantities relevant to the operation of the NIF target. A unique feature of these diagnostics is that they are being designed to be capable of operating in the high radiation, electromagnetic pulse, and debris backgrounds expected on the NIF facility. The diagnostic system proposed can be categorized into three broad areas: laser characterization, hohlraum characterization, and capsule performance diagnostics. The operating principles of a representative instrument from each class of diagnostic employed in this package will be summarized and illustrated with data obtained in recent prototype diagnostic tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)868-879
Number of pages12
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Instrumentation


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