Abstract

We have developed a femtosecond high-intensity laser system that combines both Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) and optical parametric CPA (OPCPA) techniques and produces more than 30J broadband output energy, indicating the potential for achieving peak powers in excess of 500TW. With a cleaned high-energy seeded OPCPA preamplifier as a front end in the system, for the compressed pulse without pumping the final amplifier, we found that the temporal contrast in this system exceeds 1010 on the subnanosecond time scales, and is near 1012 on the nanosecond time scale prior to the peak of the main femtosecond pulse. Using diffractive optical elements for beam homogenization of a 100J level high-energy Nd:glass green pump laser in a Ti:sapphire final amplifier, we have successfully generated broadband high-energy output with a near-perfect top-hat-like intensity distribution.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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M. Tanaka, H. Kiriyama, Y. Ochi, Y. Nakai, H. Sasao, H. Okada, H. Daido, P. Bolton, and S. Kawanishi, “High-energy, spatially flligat-top green pump laser by beam homogenization for petawatt scale Ti:sapphire laser systems,” Opt. Commun. 282, 4401-4403 (2009).
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Figures (8)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Optical layout of the J-KAREN laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output energy from the cryogenically cooled power amplifier versus the incident pump energy.

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Fig. 3

Output energy from the booster amplifier versus the incident pump energy.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Spatial distributions of output intensity from each DKDP crystal: (a) first crystal and (b) second crystal.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Spatial distributions of intensity of the homogenized pump beam at each Ti:sapphire crystal side.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Spatial intensity distribution of the booster amplifier output.

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Fig. 7

Temporal contrast. Inset is the recompressed pulse.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

Vertical and horizontal deviations of beam position after switch-on of the automatic beam alignment system.

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