Abstract

An optical trap for storing femtosecond laser pulses to enhance the interaction effectiveness with optically thin targets is being proposed and investigated. Presently, we studied the trapping of 10–200 fs laser pulses of wavelength 800 nm, 1 μJ energy per pulse, and 10 Hz repetition rate. To compensate the optical losses in the trap, a Ti: Sapphire crystal as an amplifying medium is being considered, which should be synchronously pumped by the second harmonic of the Nd: YAG laser. Due to the propagation of the short pulses through optical trap components, group velocity dispersion introduces a significant broadening in pulse duration. To compensate for this broadening, a chirped mirror with suitable parameters is being proposed. An increase of the average power of the laser pulse in the optical trap that includes an amplifying medium (Ti: Sapphire crystal) by a factor of 805 compared to a single passage of the laser pulse was derived. It should be possible to store the laser pulse in the optical trap for >4  μs with constant power and with a repetition rate of up to 250 MHz.

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