, Volume 70, Issue 1 Supplement, pp S165-S170

Amplifying laser pulses to the terawatt level at a 1-kilohertz repetition rate

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In this paper, we report on the realization of a 20-fs, 20-mJ laser chain operating at a repetition rate of one kilohertz. We emphasise the control on the pulse temporal and spatial profile, and its amplification at high average powers. This 1-kHz, terawatt laser is well suited for applications in high-field physics when low-intensity signal averaging is needed.

Received: 15 October 1999 / Revised version: 10 March 2000 / Published online: 24 May 2000