Quick Shot

OMEGA EP’s 10,000th Shot

January 23, 2023
Target shot of laser on the top with a group photo on the bottom.

Operations Team:
1st Row: Michelle Leone, David Canning, Patrick Wilson, Dustin Fess, William Donaldson, Scott Householder, and John Hoffmann
2nd Row: Matthew Barczys, Sam Morse, Brian Kruschwitz, Calvin Ryan, Jeremy Czirr, Adam Kalb, Scott Inscho, Mark Guardalben, and R. Jay Brown

On 20 December 2022, the OMEGA EP Laser System fired its 10,000th target shot. Shot Director Scott Householder made the following announcement as the shot was being fired to commemorate the milestone:

Shot 38181 on this day, the 20th of December 2022, represents a significant event. It was the 10,000th target shot taken since the OMEGA EP system was commissioned in 2008. This achievement is indicative of the 14 years of prolific target shot production that has provided a rich database of scientific insights and advances in the science of short- and long-pulse, high-energy-density physics (HEDP). Increased OMEGA EP capability over years of operation has extended the range of experiments possible, aided the recent ignition demonstration on the NIF, and enabled numerous scientific discoveries. Congratulations and thank you to all!