Stimulated Brillouin Scattering

Why phase modulating the lasers used in ICF

Within the past few decades, several major Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) facilities using high power lasers have been built around the world. The two largest ICF lasers currently in operation, the Laser Mégajoule (in Bordeaux, France), and the National Ignition Facility (in Livermore, CA, USA), both generate enough energy (1015 Watts/cm2) to initiate the fusion reaction of two hydrogen isotopes, or to replicate the conditions of a nuclear explosion. Figure 1 : Inertial confinement fusion process Courtesy of National Ignition…