Control over high peak-power laser light and laser-driven X-rays

Baozhen Zhao, Sudeep Banerjee, Wenchao Yan, Ping Zhang, Jun Zhang, Grigory Golovin, Cheng Liu, Colton Fruhling, Daniel Haden, Shouyuan Chen, Donald Umstadter

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An optical system was demonstrated that enables continuous control over the peak power level of ultrashort duration laser light. The optical characteristics of amplified and compressed femtosecond-duration light from a chirped-pulse amplification laser are shown to remain invariant and maintain high-fidelity using this system. When the peak power was varied by an order-of-magnitude, up to its maximum attainable value, the phase, spectral bandwidth, polarization state, and focusability of the light remained constant. This capability led to precise control of the focused laser intensity and enabled a correspondingly high level of control over the power of an all-laser-driven Thomson X-ray light source.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-145
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Compton X-rays
  • High-power laser control
  • Inverse Compton scattering
  • Tunable dose
  • Ultra-high intensity control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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