Current inertial confinement fusion experiments require large numbers of well‐characterized microballoon targets. Microballoons are batch‐produced, and balloons of target quality are selected based on several parameters: outside diameter, wall thickness, and wall concentricity. Selection and characterization of these targets is a labor intensive process. We have developed a computer‐controlled microballoon selection system that allows us to select microballoons five times faster than our previous methods with less operator fatigue and with less emphasis on operator skill.

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