Quick Shot

LLE Diagnostics at the National Ignition Facility

June 06, 2011
South pole bang-time detector is shown here inside the NIF target chamber

The south pole bang-time detector, one of several diagnostics designed and fabricated by LLE specifically for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), is shown here inside the NIF target chamber. This detector is used to determine the time of peak x-ray emission emanating from an imploded capsule along the hohlraum axis. Such information is essential in understanding the hydrodynamic response of fusion targets to the applied laser drive.