Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser has not yet achieved two of the stated requirements needed for testing and evaluating ignition targets. The laser focal spot size is more than a factor of 2 too large, and the laser bandwidth is more than a factor of 2 too small.

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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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[CrossRef]

1991

A. J. Schmitt, “Three-dimensional filamentation of light in laser plasmas,” Phys. Fluids B 3, 186-194 (1991).
[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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[CrossRef]

Auerbach, J. M.

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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[CrossRef]

Bowers, M. W.

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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[CrossRef]

Haynam, C. A.

Heestand, G. M.

Henesian, M. A.

Hermann, M. R.

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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[CrossRef]

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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[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.

Schmitt, A. J.

A. J. Schmitt, “Three-dimensional filamentation of light in laser plasmas,” Phys. Fluids B 3, 186-194 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Shaw, M. J.

Spaeth, M.

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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[CrossRef]

Sutton, S. B.

Van Wonterghem, B. M.

Wegner, P. J.

White, R. K.

Widmayer, C. C.

Williams, W. H.

Yang, S. T.

Appl. Opt.

Phys. Fluids B

A. J. Schmitt, “Three-dimensional filamentation of light in laser plasmas,” Phys. Fluids B 3, 186-194 (1991).
[CrossRef]

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). See Table II-1 on p. 348, and the accompanying text on that page.
[CrossRef]

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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