2014 Calendar

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    OMEGA EP fourth-harmonic probe beam

    A channel dug into a preformed plasma with a high-intensity OMEGA EP laser beam (outlined with white dashed lines) is imaged using the new OMEGA EP fourth-harmonic probe and an angular filter refractometer.

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    OMEGA EP fourth-harmonic probe beam

    A channel dug into a preformed plasma with a high-intensity OMEGA EP laser beam (outlined with white dashed lines) is imaged using the new OMEGA EP fourth-harmonic probe and an angular filter refractometer.

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    Multi-Terawatt (MTW) laser upgrade

    Jake Bromage and Rick Roides align an ultra-broadband front end developed for an upgrade to the MTW Laser Facility that will advance high-energy-density plasma physics and ultrafast laser science.

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    Multi-Terawatt (MTW) laser upgrade

    Jake Bromage and Rick Roides align an ultra-broadband front end developed for an upgrade to the MTW Laser Facility that will advance high-energy-density plasma physics and ultrafast laser science.

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    Sydor framing camera

    A new generation of x-ray framing cameras developed by Sydor Instruments of Rochester, NY is being used on OMEGA. Ray Bahr is shown assembling the Sydor x-ray framing camera (SFC) prior to its first use.

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    Sydor framing camera

    A new generation of x-ray framing cameras developed by Sydor Instruments of Rochester, NY is being used on OMEGA. Ray Bahr is shown assembling the Sydor x-ray framing camera (SFC) prior to its first use.

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    Omega Laser Facility Users Group (OLUG)

    The fifth OLUG workshop held on 24–26 April 2013 attracted researchers from all over the world who have an interest in participating in Omega Laser Facility experiments.

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    Omega Laser Facility Users Group (OLUG)

    The fifth OLUG workshop held on 24–26 April 2013 attracted researchers from all over the world who have an interest in participating in Omega Laser Facility experiments.

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    ZAK3D

    A snapshot of the Langmuir wave spectrum obtained with the ZAK3D code compared with semi-analytic calculations when the growth is still in the linear phase. The Langmuir waves grow as a result of the two-plasmon–decay instability driven by four overlapped laser beams having angles and polarizations consistent with OMEGA EP.

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    ZAK3D

    A snapshot of the Langmuir wave spectrum obtained with the ZAK3D code compared with semi-analytic calculations when the growth is still in the linear phase. The Langmuir waves grow as a result of the two-plasmon–decay instability driven by four overlapped laser beams having angles and polarizations consistent with OMEGA EP.

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    Neutron temporal diagnostic (NTD)

    The NTD measures the time history of the neutrons produced in a fusion-target experiment. The photographs show a new high-precision NTD system being installed on OMEGA. The system uses a ROSS Sydor streak camera, replacing the old Nova NTD system.

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    Neutron temporal diagnostic (NTD)

    The NTD measures the time history of the neutrons produced in a fusion-target experiment. The photographs show a new high-precision NTD system being installed on OMEGA. The system uses a ROSS Sydor streak camera, replacing the old Nova NTD system.

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    Neutron time-of-flight detector (nTOF)

    The nTOF detector measures the neutron spectrum emitted from deuterium–tritium (DT) fusion reactions in cryogenic implosions. Analysis of the spectrum provides important information on the implosion performance, including the compressed shell's areal density.

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    Neutron time-of-flight detector (nTOF)

    The nTOF detector measures the neutron spectrum emitted from deuterium–tritium (DT) fusion reactions in cryogenic implosions. Analysis of the spectrum provides important information on the implosion performance, including the compressed shell's areal density.

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    Summer High School Research Program

    Participants in the 2013 Summer High School Research Program. The program provides unique research opportunities to talented regional high school students. The program director is Dr. Steven Craxton (center).

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    Summer High School Research Program

    Participants in the 2013 Summer High School Research Program. The program provides unique research opportunities to talented regional high school students. The program director is Dr. Steven Craxton (center).

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    Distributed polarization rotator

    Steve Jacobs and Brittany Taylor examine a color-coded amplitude map of optical rotatory power taken of a striped distributed polarization rotator. The device consists of a liquid crystal fluid confined between 100-mm-diam glass substrates.

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    Distributed polarization rotator

    Steve Jacobs and Brittany Taylor examine a color-coded amplitude map of optical rotatory power taken of a striped distributed polarization rotator. The device consists of a liquid crystal fluid confined between 100-mm-diam glass substrates.

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    Glancing-angle–deposited (GLAD) coatings

    Glancing-angle–deposited (GLAD) films are evaluated on a Zeiss 1530 scanning electron microscope by Jim Oliver and Chris Smith. The birefringent film structure created by the GLAD process enables the vacuum deposition of wave-plate coatings.

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    Glancing-angle–deposited (GLAD) coatings

    Glancing-angle–deposited (GLAD) films are evaluated on a Zeiss 1530 scanning electron microscope by Jim Oliver and Chris Smith. The birefringent film structure created by the GLAD process enables the vacuum deposition of wave-plate coatings.

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    Proton radiography

    Proton radiography is a powerful diagnostic tool that has been applied on a variety of experimental investigations at the Omega Laser Facility. A face-on proton radiographic image of a driven foil shows magnetic fields generated by the nonlinear stage of the Rayleigh–Taylor instability.

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    Proton radiography

    Proton radiography is a powerful diagnostic tool that has been applied on a variety of experimental investigations at the Omega Laser Facility. A face-on proton radiographic image of a driven foil shows magnetic fields generated by the nonlinear stage of the Rayleigh–Taylor instability.

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    Collision of counter-streaming magnetized plasmas

    Proton radiographic image of a magnetized counter-streaming plasma from an NLUF experiment led by W. Fox of the University of New Hampshire.

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    Collision of counter-streaming magnetized plasmas

    Proton radiographic image of a magnetized counter-streaming plasma from an NLUF experiment led by W. Fox of the University of New Hampshire.

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