In last week’s dedication of the Texas Petawatt laser, I met with Edward Moses of the National Ignition Facility
which has commissioned 184 of the 192 beam lines. The purpose of the project is to understand fusion energy in a way that can lead to lower cost energy sources for the future. Also, nuclear testing and astronomical phenomenon can be studied with it. It’s the size of three football fields and sits in a ten-story building at Lawrence Livermore National Labs. It’ll focus two million joules of ultraviolet energy.
LabVIEW is used in a number of applications such as damage assessment testing. In this paper
the author describes the collection of test data from several sites within the NIF and then performing signal cleaning algorithms with LabVIEW to automate the process. For 80% of the cases, automation takes care of the work saving 400 man-hours 0ver a three year period.