High contrast 150-terawatt laser for high field laser-plasma interaction studies

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, A. Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, G. Mourou, J. Squier

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High power chirped pulse amplification (CPA) lasers are capable of providing enough power to study relativistic regime of laser-plasma interaction. To achieve this regime focused laser intensity must be over 1018 W/cm2 (typically-1019-1020 W/cm2). To improve the pulse contrast in the 25 fs CPA laser system, we are currently building for high field laser-plasma studies at CUOS, we pursue an approach, originally developed at CUOS for longer pulses (approx. 100 fs). We pre-amplify the oscillator output pulse to sub-microjoule energy level without stretching the pulse, improve the pulse contrast by using a saturable absorber and stretch the pulse thereafter for further amplification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO 2000) - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: May 7 2000May 12 2000


OtherConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO 2000)
CitySan Francisco, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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