Abstract

In testing a holgraphic particle track recording system for the Fermilab 15-ft bubble chamber, it was shown that the peak power of Q-switched laser pulses (~50-ns duration) at the required energy gave rise to boiling during the chamber expansion. A pulse stretching technique is described which was developed to reduce the peak power. Applied to a ruby laser (oscillator and three amplifiers) with a maximum Q-switched output of 30 J, pulses of up to 100-μs duration with coherence up to and exceeding 11 m at 2.5 μs were produced. These pulses were amplified to ~5 J without shape degradation. The considerably increased coherence length will find applications in many fields of pulsed holography, and its use with fiber optics is particularity promising.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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