Abstract

The large fluorescence bandwidth of Nd:glass or Ti:sapphire favors those laser materials for the generation of picosecond and subpicosend pulses. The chirped-pulse amplification technique (CPA) together with a regenerative amplifier allows effective amplification and energy extraction according to the high energy storage capability of Nd:glass. Thus single pulses of terawatt power are possible, giving the possibility for new interaction experiments with intensities of ~1018 W/cm2.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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