Diode-Pumped Solid-State Lasers for Inertial Fusion Energy
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.
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