2010 Calendar

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    OMEGA EP Grating Inspection System

    The final phase of the Grating Inspection System installation is shown inside OMEGA EP's Grating Compression Chamber.

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    OMEGA EP Grating Inspection System

    The final phase of the Grating Inspection System installation is shown inside OMEGA EP's Grating Compression Chamber.

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    VISAR

    The velocity interferometry system for any reflector (VISAR) for OMEGA EP was commissioned in 2009. It comprises a probe laser, velocity interferometers, and two ROSS streak cameras (below). This diagnostic measures the velocity of shock waves in studies of ICF, astrophysics, and planetary physics. When installed, these crystals efficiently convert the infrared beams to ultraviolet.

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    VISAR

    The velocity interferometry system for any reflector (VISAR) for OMEGA EP was commissioned in 2009. It comprises a probe laser, velocity interferometers, and two ROSS streak cameras (below). This diagnostic measures the velocity of shock waves in studies of ICF, astrophysics, and planetary physics. When installed, these crystals efficiently convert the infrared beams to ultraviolet.

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    Nuclear Diagnostic Inserter

    The nuclear diagnostic inserter (NDI) is used in conjunction with the MRS to insert CD or CH foils that are used to measure fusion-neutron spectra. These new NDI's will be used to insert WRFM's (wedged-range-filter modules) for various experiments.

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    Nuclear Diagnostic Inserter

    The nuclear diagnostic inserter (NDI) is used in conjunction with the MRS to insert CD or CH foils that are used to measure fusion-neutron spectra. These new NDI's will be used to insert WRFM's (wedged-range-filter modules) for various experiments.

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    OLUG Workshop

    The first Omega Laser Facility Users Group (OLUG) Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate communication and exchanges among the individual users and between users and LLE and to present ongoing and proposed research that could be undertaken at the Omega Laser Facility.

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    OLUG Workshop

    The first Omega Laser Facility Users Group (OLUG) Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate communication and exchanges among the individual users and between users and LLE and to present ongoing and proposed research that could be undertaken at the Omega Laser Facility.

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    NLUF Jet Target

    A target used for an OMEGA NLUF experiment carried out by a team from MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center to study jet formation using proton radiography. The large conical structure is used to shield the diagnostic systems from x-ray radiation generated by the laser beams.

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    NLUF Jet Target

    A target used for an OMEGA NLUF experiment carried out by a team from MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center to study jet formation using proton radiography. The large conical structure is used to shield the diagnostic systems from x-ray radiation generated by the laser beams.

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    Polar Drive NIF

    Design and testing of initial NIF neutron diagnostic commissioning shots were carried out at LLE and the Omega Laser Facility. Two-dimensional target designs (center) were fielded on OMEGA [Figs. (a) and (b)], resulting in very similar compressed-core x-ray images (c) and very good target-performance results (d).

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    Polar Drive NIF

    Design and testing of initial NIF neutron diagnostic commissioning shots were carried out at LLE and the Omega Laser Facility. Two-dimensional target designs (center) were fielded on OMEGA [Figs. (a) and (b)], resulting in very similar compressed-core x-ray images (c) and very good target-performance results (d).

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    High School Program

    Participants in LLE's 21st Summer High School Research Program with program director Dr. Stephen Craxton. The program challenges high school students to explore research topics and careers under the tutelage of LLE scientists, engineers, and staff in a state-of-the-art environment.

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    High School Program

    Participants in LLE's 21st Summer High School Research Program with program director Dr. Stephen Craxton. The program challenges high school students to explore research topics and careers under the tutelage of LLE scientists, engineers, and staff in a state-of-the-art environment.

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    OMEGA EP Firing

    The OMEGA EP Laser Bay during a four-beam shot. With no bay lights on, the beamline structures are illuminated by a small amount of flash-lamp light that leaks out of the laser amplifiers.

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    OMEGA EP Firing

    The OMEGA EP Laser Bay during a four-beam shot. With no bay lights on, the beamline structures are illuminated by a small amount of flash-lamp light that leaks out of the laser amplifiers.

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    OMEGA EP Target Chamber

    A view inside the OMEGA EP Target Chamber showing a collection of fixed diagnostics that have increased in quantity and experimental capabilities. Above inset: Brig. Gen. Harencak along with Mr. Talbot and Dr. Simonson visited LLE in November 2009.

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    OMEGA EP Target Chamber

    A view inside the OMEGA EP Target Chamber showing a collection of fixed diagnostics that have increased in quantity and experimental capabilities. Above inset: Brig. Gen. Harencak along with Mr. Talbot and Dr. Simonson visited LLE in November 2009.

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    Fiber-Optic Systems Research

    Research in optical fibers and fiber components enables precision, compact, alignment- and maintenance-free optical systems, both passive and with optical gain, for use in OMEGA and OMEGA EP laser systems.

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    Fiber-Optic Systems Research

    Research in optical fibers and fiber components enables precision, compact, alignment- and maintenance-free optical systems, both passive and with optical gain, for use in OMEGA and OMEGA EP laser systems.

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    TIM-11

    Installation of TIM-11 on OMEGA EP. The TIM (ten-inch manipulator) is the standard interface for diagnostics fielded by all Omega Facility users.

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    TIM-11

    Installation of TIM-11 on OMEGA EP. The TIM (ten-inch manipulator) is the standard interface for diagnostics fielded by all Omega Facility users.

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    Cryostat

    The shroud interconnect circuit board mounted on the lower, intermediate shroud of the new moving cryostat. Used to provide an electrical connection to the heaters and temperature sensors mounted in the upper shrouds, these spring-loaded contacts disconnect when the upper and lower shrouds separate.

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    Cryostat

    The shroud interconnect circuit board mounted on the lower, intermediate shroud of the new moving cryostat. Used to provide an electrical connection to the heaters and temperature sensors mounted in the upper shrouds, these spring-loaded contacts disconnect when the upper and lower shrouds separate.

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