A collection of short videos regarding various aspects of the National Ignition Facility.
KDP Crystal Growth
Watch a synthetic seed crystal grow into an 800-pound potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystal for use in the National Ignition Facility.
Optical Processing Facility
This video shows the painstaking process of preparing lenses, crystals and other optics for installation in NIF.
Optics Assembly Building
Watch technicians in clean-room body suits install a lens into a line replaceable unit for installation in a NIF beamline.
In this video technicians assemble and align the components of NIF preamplifier modules, or PAMs.
Technicians are shown testing the plasma electrode Pockels cell, or PEPC, a key component in the NIF beamline.
Target Chamber Construction
Watch the huge NIF target chamber being assembled and lifted into place in the target bay.
Target Chamber Exterior
This video shows the locations on the NIF target chamber where the final optics assemblies will be attached.
Target Chamber Interior
Ride along with NIF technicians as they take you inside the target chamber on a specially designed lift.
Watch and listen as NIF Control Room operators prepare for a laser shot.
See how NIF's unique deformable mirrors correct for aberrations in the laser beam.