Here are some images of the old NOVA 10-beam laser facility at Livermore National Lab.



This is the laser bay. The laser lines are enclosed in the blue tubes. Note the person standing on the floor.



This is the target chamber where all ten beams converge. The hohlraum is placed in the middle of this evacuated chamber, and various diagnostic instruments are inserted in ports. Note again the scale from the workers near the target chamber. The new NIF target chamber will be considerably larger.



Here is a gold hohlraum with a spherical capsule in its center. At the OMEGA laser in Rochester, New York, spider silk is sometimes used to secure capsules in place.



All of these images are taken from an excellent review of indirect drive ICF by John Lindl (Physics of Plasmas, 2, 3933, (1995)).

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