Journal of Fusion Energy

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 213–217

Diode-Pumped Solid-State Lasers for Inertial Fusion Energy

  • S. A. Payne
  • C. Bibeau
  • R. J. Beach
  • A. Bayramian
  • J. C. Chanteloup
  • C. A. Ebbers
  • M. A. Emanuel
  • H. Nakana
  • C. D. Orth
  • J. E. Rothenberg
  • K. I. Schaffers
  • L. G. Seppala
  • J. A. Skidmore
  • S. B. Sutton
  • L. E. Zapata
  • H. T. Powell
Article

Abstract

We have begun building the “Mercury” laser system as the first in a series of new generation diode-pumped solid-state lasers for inertial fusion research. Mercury will integrate three key technologies: diodes, crystals, and gas cooling, within a unique laser architecture that is scalable to kilojoule and megajoule energy levels for fusion energy applications. The primary near-term performance goals include 10% electrical efficiencies at 10 Hz and 100J with a 2–10 ns pulse length at 1.047 μm wavelength. When completed, Mercury will allow rep-rated target experiments with multiple chambers for high energy density physics research.

Diodes Yb:S-FAP crystals solid-state lasers inertial fusion energy 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Payne
    • 1
  • C. Bibeau
    • 1
  • R. J. Beach
    • 1
  • A. Bayramian
    • 1
  • J. C. Chanteloup
    • 1
  • C. A. Ebbers
    • 1
  • M. A. Emanuel
    • 1
  • H. Nakana
    • 1
  • C. D. Orth
    • 1
  • J. E. Rothenberg
    • 1
  • K. I. Schaffers
    • 1
  • L. G. Seppala
    • 1
  • J. A. Skidmore
    • 1
  • S. B. Sutton
    • 1
  • L. E. Zapata
    • 1
  • H. T. Powell
    • 1
  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA

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