James E. Murray

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A large-aperture (30-cm) kilojoule-class Nd:glass laser system known as Z-Beamlet has been constructed to perform x-ray radiography of high-energy-density science experiments conducted on the Z facility at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The laser, operating with typical pulse durations from 0.3 to 1.5 ns, employs a sequence of(More)
Spatial filters are essential components for maintaining high beam quality in high-energy pulsed laser systems. The long-duration (21 ns) high-energy pulses envisioned for future inertial-confinement fusion drive systems, such as the U.S. National Ignition Facility (NIF), are likely to lead to increased plasma generation and closure effects within the(More)
We present results from a major experimental effort to understand the behavior of spatial filter pinholes and to identify and demonstrate a pinhole that will meet the requirements of the National Ignition Facility (NIF). We find that pinhole performance depends significantly on geometry and material. Cone pinholes are found to stay open longer and to cause(More)
A new family of high power uninterruptible power systems is introduced based upon further developments of the 5th generation step/PWM hybrid static inverter technology. The result is improved efficiency while maintaining the high performance characteristics of PWM technology important to modern data communication requirements. A 250 KW, 313 KVA, 3 phase UPS(More)
Introduction An overview of an experimental demonstration of aerotowing a delta-wing airplane with low-aspect ratio and relatively high wing loading is presented. Aerotowing of future space launch configurations is a new concept, and the objective of the work described herein is to demonstrate the aerotow operation using an airplane configuration similar to(More)
A multipass amplifier configuration is described which has potential as a large aperture, high gain driver stage for fusion laser systems. We avoid the present limitations of large aperture switches by using an off-angle geometry that does not require an optical switch. The saturated gain characteristics of this multipass amplifier are optimized(More)
The design and performance of an avalanche transistor switchout are described. The device selects a single pulse from a train of cw or Q-switched mode-locked pulses and introduces less than +/-1% amplitude variation in the selected pulse. The prepulse rejection ratio exceeds 10(7), and a lifetime of greater than 10(7) shots has been achieved.
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