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Overview of National Ignition Facility Capsule Metrology

K. A. Moreno, S. Eddinger, J. Fong, Y. T. Lee, A. Nguyen, A. Nikroo, H. Huang, R. Rosano, H. W. Xu

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 55 / Number 4 / May 2009 / Pages 349-355

Technical Paper / Eighteenth Target Fabrication Specialists' Meeting /

A procedure has been developed to fully characterize the National Ignition Facility (NIF) capsule. A variety of techniques has been developed and deployed to characterize the critical specifications of the capsules to the precision required by NIF. Capsules are fully characterized in order to verify their critical specifications including dimensional, chemical composition, and surface roughness. It has been demonstrated that capsules can be fully characterized at a throughput that will meet NIF demand. The specific metrology procedures, techniques, and errors associated with those techniques will be described in this paper. Also, the time line that is used to fully characterize a NIF capsule will be explored.

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