World's Most Powerful Laser Required Custom Plano Optics: Making Laser Amplifiers for NIF
The world's most powerful laser needed a high precision custom optics manufacturer. In this case study, high fluence laser amplifiers were developed into a volume production process for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Zygo's optical manufacturing expertise, understanding of large and small scale custom optics manufacturing, quality assurance capabilities, and supply chain management all played a part in reaching the goal of making the world's most powerful laser. Polishing, grinding, machining, inspection and finishing of meter-class plano optics, and production of high power laser beam handling optical assemblies are illustrated.