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National Ignition Facility upgrades laser pulse shaping system with new modulators


NIF target bay, where Exail’s optical fibres are operating. 192 laser beams converge at the centre of this giant sphere to make a tiny hydrogen fuel pellet implode. Image: LLNL, US Energy Dept, Damien Jemison

The modernisation of the pulse shaping system takes advantage of advances made by the telecom industry, including new lithium-niobate (LiNbO3) electro-optical modulators.

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