NIF is a tour de force of science and technology development. Scientists, engineers, and technicians had to overcome a daunting array of challenges in designing and constructing NIF. Working closely with industrial partners, the NIF team found solutions for NIF’s optics in rapid-growth crystals, continuous-pour glass, optical coatings, and new finishing techniques that can withstand NIF’s extremely high energies. The team also worked with vendors to develop pulsed-power electronics, innovative control systems, and advanced manufacturing capabilities.
Information on each of these breakthrough technologies is available via the links on the left.