Abstract

We appreciate Stephen Bodner’s continuing interest in the performance of the NIF laser system. However, we find it necessary to disagree with the conclusions he reached in his comments [Appl. Opt. 47, XXX (2008)] on “National Ignition Facility Laser Performance Status” [Appl. Opt. 46, 3276 (2007)]. In fact, repeated and ongoing tests of the NIF beamlines have demonstrated that NIF can be expected not only to meet or exceed its requirements as established in the mid-1990s in the document National Ignition Facility Functional Requirements and Primary Criteria [Revision 1.3, Report NIF-LLNL-93–058 (1994)], but also to have the flexibility that provides for successfully meeting an ever expanding range of mission goals, including those of ignition.

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  1. “National Ignition Facility Functional Requirements and Primary Criteria,” Revision 1.3, Report NIF-LLNL-93-058 (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 1994).
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    [CrossRef]
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2008

S. E. Bodner, “Comment on 'National Ignition Facility laser performance status',” Appl. Opt. 47, XXX-XXX (2008).
[CrossRef]

2007

2004

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Amendt, P.

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Auerbach, J.

Berger, R. L.

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Bodner, S. E.

S. E. Bodner, “Comment on 'National Ignition Facility laser performance status',” Appl. Opt. 47, XXX-XXX (2008).
[CrossRef]

Bowers, M. W.

Callahan, D. A.

D. E. Hinkel, D. A. Callahan, A. B. Langdon, S. H. Langer, C. H. Still, and E. A. Williams, “Analyses of laser-plasma interactions in National Ignition Facility (NIF) ignition targets,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Clark, D. S.

D. S. Clark, S. W. Haan, and J. D. Salmonson, “Robustness studies of ignition targets for the National Ignition Facility in two dimensions,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Dixit, S. N.

Erbert, G. V.

Glendinning, S. G.

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Glenzer, S. H.

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Haan, S. W.

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

D. S. Clark, S. W. Haan, and J. D. Salmonson, “Robustness studies of ignition targets for the National Ignition Facility in two dimensions,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Haynam, C. A.

Heestand, G. M.

Henesian, M. A.

Hermann, M. R.

Hinkel, D. E.

D. E. Hinkel, D. A. Callahan, A. B. Langdon, S. H. Langer, C. H. Still, and E. A. Williams, “Analyses of laser-plasma interactions in National Ignition Facility (NIF) ignition targets,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Jancaitis, K. S.

Kauffman, R. L.

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Landen, O. L.

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Langdon, A. B.

D. E. Hinkel, D. A. Callahan, A. B. Langdon, S. H. Langer, C. H. Still, and E. A. Williams, “Analyses of laser-plasma interactions in National Ignition Facility (NIF) ignition targets,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Langer, S. H.

D. E. Hinkel, D. A. Callahan, A. B. Langdon, S. H. Langer, C. H. Still, and E. A. Williams, “Analyses of laser-plasma interactions in National Ignition Facility (NIF) ignition targets,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Lindl, J. D.

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Manes, K. R.

Marshall, C. D.

Mehta, N. C.

Menapace, J.

Moses, E.

Murray, J. R.

Nostrand, M. C.

Orth, C. D.

Patterson, R.

Sacks, R. A.

Salmonson, J. D.

D. S. Clark, S. W. Haan, and J. D. Salmonson, “Robustness studies of ignition targets for the National Ignition Facility in two dimensions,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Shaw, M. J.

Spaeth, M.

Still, C. H.

D. E. Hinkel, D. A. Callahan, A. B. Langdon, S. H. Langer, C. H. Still, and E. A. Williams, “Analyses of laser-plasma interactions in National Ignition Facility (NIF) ignition targets,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Suter, L. J.

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Sutton, S. B.

Van Wonterghem, B. M.

Wegner, P. J.

White, R. K.

Widmayer, C. C.

Williams, E. A.

D. E. Hinkel, D. A. Callahan, A. B. Langdon, S. H. Langer, C. H. Still, and E. A. Williams, “Analyses of laser-plasma interactions in National Ignition Facility (NIF) ignition targets,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Williams, W. H.

Yang, S. T.

Appl. Opt.

Phys. Plasmas

J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, S. W. Haan, R. L. Kauffman, O. L. Landen, and L. J. Suter, “The physics basis for ignition using indirect-drive targets on the National Ignition Facility,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 339-491 (2004).
[CrossRef]

D. S. Clark, S. W. Haan, and J. D. Salmonson, “Robustness studies of ignition targets for the National Ignition Facility in two dimensions,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

D. E. Hinkel, D. A. Callahan, A. B. Langdon, S. H. Langer, C. H. Still, and E. A. Williams, “Analyses of laser-plasma interactions in National Ignition Facility (NIF) ignition targets,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Other

“National Ignition Facility Functional Requirements and Primary Criteria,” Revision 1.3, Report NIF-LLNL-93-058 (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 1994).

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Table 1 Comparison of Spot Size Features as Defined by the Functional Requirements and Primary Criteria a

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Table 2 Comparison of a Number of Requested and Demonstrated Spot Size and Laser Bandwidths for Ignition Experiments a

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