Laser Plasma Branch (Code 6730)
Plasma Physics Division
Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20375-5346

The research program in laser physics is directed toward developing new high-power lasers, and new high-power, compact accelerators for various defense programs. A very large krypton-fluoride laser, Nike (see brochure) has been developed to evaluate laser fusion as a potential laboratory simulator of nuclear weapons effects, in support of the Department of Energy's Defense Programs and the Defense Nuclear Agency. A smaller Nd:glass laser is utilized to study the basic science of strongly-coupled plasmas, in support of Navy and Army programs for rail guns and other weapons systems. The compact accelerator technology, based upon the relativistic klystron concept, is being developed for utilization as a powerful microwave or electron beam for various weapons programs in the Department of Defense.


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Laser-Plasma Branch Links
Energy Options
for the Future


NIKE KrF Laser Brochure

Nike News & Highlights

Workshop on Cathodes for Relativistic Electron Beams
  Laser Fusion
for Energy  
Nike Final Mirror Array Electra laser amplifier Nike 60cm Amplifier
Nike Final mirror array and lens array (369K) The Electra laser amplifier. Final 60 cm amplifier (292K) of the NIKE 56 beam KrF laser

Other NRL Links:

     Plasma Physics Division
     Naval Research Laboratory

Other ICF links:

     LLNL's ICF Program
     University of Rochester LLE
     Los Alamos National Lab ICF Program

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Last modified: Mon 29 March 2004

Certifying official:
Dr. S.L. Ossakow, Superintendent
Plasma Physics Division