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Overall findings of a survey of Nuclear Regulatory Commission personnel indicate that while the NRC maintains a few strengths compared to external benchmarks, results have declined since 2015 in a number of areas, according to a recent report from the NRC’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
The survey was conducted in February 2020 by Willis Towers Watson, a global risk-management, insurance brokerage, and advisory firm that has partnered with the OIG for more than 20 years to assess the NRC’s safety culture and climate, as well as other aspects of employee experience.
D. G. Gritton, D. J. Christie, R. W. Holloway, B. T. Merritt, J. A. Oicles, K. Whitham, R. B. Wilcox
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 4 | Number 2 | September 1983 | Pages 955-960
Inertial Confinement Fusion | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST83-A22982
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Novette is a large, two beam, two wavelength laser facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Novette laser projected performance exceeds that of the 20 arm Shiva laser and the frequency multiplying capability provides more efficient target interaction. Novette is comprised of two arms of the Nova laser. New designs allow these two arms to exceed the performance of the 20 arms of Shiva. Assembling these two arms on an accelerated schedule allowed the experimental program to continue with minimum interruption. The laser has been operational since January 1983. More efficient laser amplifiers allowed the performance to be achieved with half the capacitor bank used on Shiva. The pulse power for Novette uses high-density capacitors, instrumented dual ignitron switches, 100 KVA power supplies and a control system based on LSI/11 Front End Processors (FEP's) and fiberoptic links. The bank contains 11 MJ of stored energy at 22 KV. Construction of the pulse power system took a year. The laser was completed in about 15 months. This paper is a summary of the pulse power systems for Novette; the flashlamp power system, the pulsers for the various optical shutters and the pulse power control system.