solutions 1/2007 – Additional informations
The National Ignition Facility consists of a total of four identical branches for 48 laser beams each. During operation, a pulse of light is first generated in the Optical Pulse Generator (1) using a strong flashbulb. This excites the specialized glass from SCHOTT found inside the Laser Amplifier Unites (2) into releasing laser light. In Beam Forming Systems (3), the beams are given the desired dimensions and optical characteristics. Then, diversion and focusing elements are used for the Beam Transport (4) to the Target Chamber (5), where all of the beams finally reach the fuel capsule.