In designing large solid state laser systems, such as Nova at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the comprehensive ab initio computer simulation code MALAPROP has proven invaluable as an estimator of peak fluxes impinging upon optical components.1 MALAPROP calculates, limited by its resolution, the electric field experienced by each component in a hypothetical laser during a hypothetical shot. Realistic dirt and damage sites are introduced into each calculation to model typical operating conditions with this deterministic code. Staging decisions, often involving significant cost consequences, are driven by risk of damage assessments made using these computations, MALAPROP'S output is occasionally interpreted in a statistical sense with several runs done to find the average behavior.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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