Applied Physics B

, Volume 74, Issue 6, pp 529–535

Design and characterization of a near-diffraction-limited femtosecond 100-TW 10-Hz high-intensity laser system

Authors

  • M. Pittman
    • Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, ENSTA, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS UMR 7639, Chemin de la Hunière, 91 761 Palaiseau Cedex, France
  • S. Ferré
    • Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, ENSTA, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS UMR 7639, Chemin de la Hunière, 91 761 Palaiseau Cedex, France
  • J.P. Rousseau
    • Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, ENSTA, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS UMR 7639, Chemin de la Hunière, 91 761 Palaiseau Cedex, France
  • L. Notebaert
    • Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, ENSTA, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS UMR 7639, Chemin de la Hunière, 91 761 Palaiseau Cedex, France
  • J.P. Chambaret
    • Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, ENSTA, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS UMR 7639, Chemin de la Hunière, 91 761 Palaiseau Cedex, France
  • G. Chériaux
    • Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, ENSTA, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS UMR 7639, Chemin de la Hunière, 91 761 Palaiseau Cedex, France

DOI: 10.1007/s003400200838

Cite this article as:
Pittman, M., Ferré, S., Rousseau, J. et al. Appl Phys B (2002) 74: 529. doi:10.1007/s003400200838

Abstract.

We present the design and characterization of a femtosecond high-intensity laser system emitting a near-diffraction-limited beam. This system was dimensioned in order to reach intensities in excess of 1020 W/cm2 at a high repetition rate for ultrahigh-field physics experiments. We describe the improvements that were added to a conventional chirp pulse amplification configuration in order to decrease the deleterious effects of gain narrowing, gain shifting, thermal focusing in the amplifier stages, and spatial degradation due to multipass amplification processes.

PACS: 42.60.By; 42.65.Re; 42.60.Jf; 42.60.Da; 01.52.tr

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