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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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A unique national asset

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Publications – peer reviewed

Absolute calibration of optical streak cameras on picosecond time scales using supercontinuum generation  Patankar et al Applied Optics 56 6982 (2017)

REACH compliant epoxides used in the synthesis of Fe(III)-based aerogel monoliths for target fabrication Valls Arrufat et al High Power Laser Science and Engineering 5 e24 (2017)

Design and fabrication of gas cell targets for laboratory astrophysics experiments on the Orion high-power laser facility Spindloe et al High Power Laser Science and Engineering 5 e22 (2017)

Counterpropagating Radiative Shock Experiments on the Orion Laser Suzuki-Vidal et al Physical Review Letters 119 055001 (2017)

X-ray diffraction measurements of plasticity in shock-compressed vanadium in the region of 10–70 GPa Foster et al Journal of Applied Physics 122 025117 (2017)

Modelling K shell spectra from short pulse heated buried microdot targets Hoarty et al High Energy Density Physics 23 178 (2017)

Counter-propagating radiative shock experiments on the Orion laser and the formation of radiative precursors Clayson et al High Energy Density Physics 23 60 (2017)

A high spatio-temporal resolution optical pyrometer at the ORION laser facility Floyd et al Review of Scientific Instruments 87 11E546 (2016)

Direct-drive DT implosions with Knudsen number variations Kim et al Journal of Physics: Conference Series 717 012030 (2016)

Orion: a high contrast user facility Hillier et al Journal of Physics: Conference Series 688 012030 (2016)

Comparative study on the temporal contrast of femtosecond mode-locked laser oscillators Stuart et al Optics Letters 41 3221 (2016)

Laboratory analogue of a supersonic accretion column in a binary star system Cross et al Nature Communications 7 11899 (2016)

Lineshape spectroscopy with a very high resolution, very high signal-to-noise crystal spectrometer Beiersdorfer et al Review of Scientific Instruments 87 063501 (2016)

On the Optimized Atomic Exchange Potential method and the CASSANDRA opacity code Jeffery, Harris and Hoarty High Energy Density Physics 20 1 (2016)

Inelastic response of silicon to shock compression Higginbotham et al Scientific Reports 6 24211 (2016)

Vibration stability of Orion laser facility Brownjohn et al Procs ICE - Structures and Building Paper 1400133 (2015)

Contemporary particle-in-cell approach to laser-plasma modelling Arber et al Plasma Physics Controlled Fusion 57 113001 (2015)

Comprehensive description of the Orion laser facility Hopps et al Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 57 064002 (2015)

The scaling of electron and positron generation in intense laser-solid interactions Chen et al Physics of Plasmas 22 056705 (2015)

Scaling the Yield of Laser-Driven Electron-Positron Jets to Laboratory Astrophysical Applications Chen et al Physical Review Letters 114 215001 (2015)

Target Fabrication for the POLAR experiment on the Orion laser facility Spindloe et al High Power Laser Science and Engineering 3 e8 (2015)

Inertial Confinement Fusion and Prospects for Power Production Edwards and Danson High Power Laser Science and Engineering 3 e4 (2015)

Petawatt Class Lasers Worldwide Danson et al High Power Laser Science and Engineering 3 e3 (2015) 

High Energy Density Physics at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Randewich and Danson High Power Laser Science and Engineering 2 e40 (2015)

Development of a ten inch manipulators-based, flexible, broadband two-crystal spectrometer Steel et al  Review of Scientific Instruments 85 11D610 (2014)

Contrast enhancements to petawatt lasers using short pulse optical parametric amplifiers and frequency doubling Hillier et al Applied Optics 53 6938 (2014)

Pulse Fidelity in ultra-high-power (petawatt class) laser systems Danson et al High Power Laser Science and Engineering 2 e34 (2014)

Polar direct drive illumination uniformity provided by the Orion facility Temporal et al The European Physical Journal D 67 205 (2013)

The first data from the Orion laser; measurements of the spectrum of hot, dense aluminium Hoarty et al High Energy Density Physics 9 661 (2013)

Observations of the effect of ionization potential depression in hot, dense plasma Hoarty et al  Physical Review Letters 110 265003 (2013)

Ultrahigh contrast from a frequency-doubled chirped-pulse-amplification beamline Hillier et al Applied Optics 52 4258 (2013)

Overview of laser systems for the Orion facility at the AWE Hopps et al Applied Optics 52 3597 (2013)

Orion laser target diagnostics Bentley et al Review of Scientific Instruments 83 10D732 (2012)

High-Energy Bremsstrahlung Diagnostics to Characterize Hot-Electron Production in Short-Pulse Laser-Plasma Experiments Meadowcroft et al IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 40 1992 (2012)

Pulse generation and preamplification for long pulse beamlines of Orion laser facility Hillier et al Applied Optics 49 3006 (June 2010)

Welcome to the Atomic Weapons Establishment Geoff Brumfiel NATURE 464 156 (2010)

Target diagnostics for the future AWE Orion laser facility Oades et al Review of Scientific Instruments 75 4222 (2004)