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Plasma-Electrode Pockel Cell (PEPC)

  1. Sep 8, 2016 #1
    Hi all,

    I am trying to further my understanding of the Plasma-Electrode Pockel Cell, particularly used at the National Ignition facility. As I currently understand it, its used as an optical switch by rotating the polarization of light when it passes through a KDP crystal and plasma electrodes, but I don't fully understand how it works.

    Could anyone shine some light on this for me?

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  3. Sep 8, 2016 #2


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    This apparently explains it with respect to its function at NIF.

    Some more details - http://www.lle.rochester.edu/media/publications/lle_review/documents/v107/107_01HighContrast.pdf


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