Multi-terawatt laser system generating 12-fs pulses at 100 Hz repetition rate
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We have developed a laser system generating high peak-power ultrashort pulses based on the chirped pulse amplification of a Ti:sapphire laser. The pulse duration of the laser is reduced to 12 fs, owing to the successful compensation of gain narrowing during amplification with novel optics. The pulse energy and the repetition rate are 40 mJ and 100 Hz, respectively, as a consequence of sufficient energy extraction from a laser medium in the final stage of a multipass amplifier chain, which is designed to balance focusing with a thermal lens against defocusing with convex mirrors without cryogenic cooling for Ti:sapphire crystals. The laser pulses delivered from this laser system are suitable for generating an intense attosecond pulse train in a vacuum ultraviolet or extreme ultraviolet region.