JDSU providing optical components to NIF

July 2, 2009
July 2, 2009--JDSU (Milpitas, CA), supplier of optical components for telecommunications, medical, and consumer markets, is supplying optical components called electro-optic modulators for the new National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Construction for NIF was completed earlier this year.

July 2, 2009--JDSU (Milpitas, CA), supplier of optical components for telecommunications, medical, and consumer markets, is supplying optical components called electro-optic modulators for the new National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Construction for NIF was completed earlier this year.

The NIF is the world's highest-energy laser system that consists of 192 laser beams (see related story, "NIF is precursor to LIFE"). The system focuses nearly two million joules of energy onto a tiny pellet filled with deuterium and tritium, creating temperatures and pressures that exist in the cores of stars and giant planets. Creating these conditions allows the NIF to conduct a wide range of experiments that have never before been possible on earth.

JDSU electro-optic modulators perform multiple functions within the NIF to switch and direct laser light, including fail-safe switching, complex pulse shaping, and phase modulation that helps prevent damage of the system as the lasers generate the powerful energy. The experiments at NIF could lead to scientific advancements that impact national security, provide green energy solutions, and lead to breakthroughs in astrophysics and materials science.

"JDSU has worked closely with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for many years and is honored to provide optical technology for a laser system that could contribute to major scientific advancements for both our country and the world," said Charles Neagoy, senior product line manager of modulators for the Communications and Commercial Optical Products business segment at JDSU.

JDSU modulators were prominently displayed as part of the NIF dedication tour on May 29, 2009.

For more information, go to www.jdsu.com.

--Posted by Gail Overton, [email protected]; www.laserfocusworld.com.

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