Abstract

New parasitic lasing suppression techniques are developed and high gain amplification is demonstrated in a petawatt level Ti:sapphire amplifier based on the chirped pulse amplification (CPA) scheme. Cladding the large aperture Ti:sapphire with refractive-index matched liquid doped with absorber suppresses the transverse lasing. The acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter (AOPDF) is used to realize side-lobe suppression in the temporal profile of the compressed pulse. The 800 nm laser output with peak power of 0.89 PW and pulse width of 29.0 fs is demonstrated.

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X. Liang, Y. Leng, L. Ling, H. Lu, R. Li, and Z. Xu, et a.l, "Compact 120TW Ti:sapphire laser system with a high gain final amplifier," Opt. Lasers Eng. 44, 130-137 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

2002 (2)

M. P. Kalachnikov, V. Karpov, H. Schonnagel, and W. Sandner, "100-Terawatt titanium-sapphire laser system," Laser Phys. 12, 368-374 (2002).

M. Pittman, S. Ferre, J. P. Rousseau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, "Design and characterization of a near-diffraction-limited femtosecond 100-TW 10-Hz high-intensity laser system," Appl. Phy. B 74, 529-535 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2000 (2)

J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, "Production of > 1021W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system," Appl. Phy. B 70, S155-S160 (2000).
[CrossRef]

F. Verluise, V. Laude, Z. Cheng, C. Spielmann, and P. Tournois, "Amplitude and phase control of ultrashort pulses by use of an acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter: pulse compression and shaping," Opt. Lett. 25, 575-577 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999 (2)

1998 (4)

K. Yamakawa, M. Aoyama, S. Matsuoka, T. Kase, Y. Akahane, and H. Takuma, "100-TW sub-20-fs Ti:sapphire laser system operating at a 10-Hz repetition rate," Opt. Lett. 23, 1468-1470 (1998).
[CrossRef]

G. A. Mourou, C. P. J. Party, and M. D. Perry, "Ultrahigh-intensity lasers: physics of the extreme on a tabletop," Phys. Today 51, 22-28 (1998).
[CrossRef]

C. G. Durfee, III S. Backus, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "Design and implementation of a TW-class high-average power laser system," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 395 (1998).
[CrossRef]

S. Backus, C. G. DurfeeIII, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Ins. 69, 1207 (1998)
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

1985 (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, "Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses," Opt. Commun. 56, 219-221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Akahane, Y.

Aoyama, M.

Backus, S.

S. Backus, C. G. DurfeeIII, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Ins. 69, 1207 (1998)
[CrossRef]

Barty, C. P. J.

Bless, S.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Bonlie, J.

Bonlie, J. D.

J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, "Production of > 1021W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system," Appl. Phy. B 70, S155-S160 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Britten, J. A.

Brown, C.

Chambaret, J. P.

M. Pittman, S. Ferre, J. P. Rousseau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, "Design and characterization of a near-diffraction-limited femtosecond 100-TW 10-Hz high-intensity laser system," Appl. Phy. B 74, 529-535 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Cheng, Z.

Cheriaux, G.

M. Pittman, S. Ferre, J. P. Rousseau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, "Design and characterization of a near-diffraction-limited femtosecond 100-TW 10-Hz high-intensity laser system," Appl. Phy. B 74, 529-535 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Colvin, J.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Ditmire, T.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Durfee, C. G.

S. Backus, C. G. DurfeeIII, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Ins. 69, 1207 (1998)
[CrossRef]

Dyer, G.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Edens, A.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Edwards, M. J.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Ferre, S.

M. Pittman, S. Ferre, J. P. Rousseau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, "Design and characterization of a near-diffraction-limited femtosecond 100-TW 10-Hz high-intensity laser system," Appl. Phy. B 74, 529-535 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Golick, B.

Grigsby, W.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Hays, G.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Herman, S.

Inoue, N.

Kalachnikov, M. P.

M. P. Kalachnikov, V. Karpov, H. Schonnagel, and W. Sandner, "100-Terawatt titanium-sapphire laser system," Laser Phys. 12, 368-374 (2002).

Kapteyn, H. C.

S. Backus, C. G. DurfeeIII, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Ins. 69, 1207 (1998)
[CrossRef]

Karpov, V.

M. P. Kalachnikov, V. Karpov, H. Schonnagel, and W. Sandner, "100-Terawatt titanium-sapphire laser system," Laser Phys. 12, 368-374 (2002).

Kartz, M.

Kase, T.

Kielty, K. A.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kiriyama, H.

Korn, G.

Laude, V.

Lee, R. W.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Leng, Y.

X. Liang, Y. Leng, L. Ling, H. Lu, R. Li, and Z. Xu, et a.l, "Compact 120TW Ti:sapphire laser system with a high gain final amplifier," Opt. Lasers Eng. 44, 130-137 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Li, R.

X. Liang, Y. Leng, L. Ling, H. Lu, R. Li, and Z. Xu, et a.l, "Compact 120TW Ti:sapphire laser system with a high gain final amplifier," Opt. Lasers Eng. 44, 130-137 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Liang, E.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Liang, X.

X. Liang, Y. Leng, L. Ling, H. Lu, R. Li, and Z. Xu, et a.l, "Compact 120TW Ti:sapphire laser system with a high gain final amplifier," Opt. Lasers Eng. 44, 130-137 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Ling, L.

X. Liang, Y. Leng, L. Ling, H. Lu, R. Li, and Z. Xu, et a.l, "Compact 120TW Ti:sapphire laser system with a high gain final amplifier," Opt. Lasers Eng. 44, 130-137 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lu, H.

X. Liang, Y. Leng, L. Ling, H. Lu, R. Li, and Z. Xu, et a.l, "Compact 120TW Ti:sapphire laser system with a high gain final amplifier," Opt. Lasers Eng. 44, 130-137 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Ma, J.

Madison, K.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Maltsev, A.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Matsuoka, S.

Miller, J.

Mourou, G.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, "Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses," Opt. Commun. 56, 219-221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G. A.

G. A. Mourou, C. P. J. Party, and M. D. Perry, "Ultrahigh-intensity lasers: physics of the extreme on a tabletop," Phys. Today 51, 22-28 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Murnane, M. M.

S. Backus, C. G. DurfeeIII, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Ins. 69, 1207 (1998)
[CrossRef]

Notebaert, L.

M. Pittman, S. Ferre, J. P. Rousseau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, "Design and characterization of a near-diffraction-limited femtosecond 100-TW 10-Hz high-intensity laser system," Appl. Phy. B 74, 529-535 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Party, C. P. J.

G. A. Mourou, C. P. J. Party, and M. D. Perry, "Ultrahigh-intensity lasers: physics of the extreme on a tabletop," Phys. Today 51, 22-28 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Patel, P.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Patterson, F.

J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, "Production of > 1021W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system," Appl. Phy. B 70, S155-S160 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Patterson, F. G.

Pennington, D.

Perry, M. D.

Pittman, M.

M. Pittman, S. Ferre, J. P. Rousseau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, "Design and characterization of a near-diffraction-limited femtosecond 100-TW 10-Hz high-intensity laser system," Appl. Phy. B 74, 529-535 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Powell, H. T.

Price, D.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, "Production of > 1021W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system," Appl. Phy. B 70, S155-S160 (2000).
[CrossRef]

F. G. Patterson, J. Bonlie, D. Price, and B. White, "Suppression of parasitic lasing in large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser amplifiers," Opt. Lett. 24, 963-965 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Raksi, F.

Remington, B. A.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Rose-Petruck, C.

Rousseau, J. P.

M. Pittman, S. Ferre, J. P. Rousseau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, "Design and characterization of a near-diffraction-limited femtosecond 100-TW 10-Hz high-intensity laser system," Appl. Phy. B 74, 529-535 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Sandner, W.

M. P. Kalachnikov, V. Karpov, H. Schonnagel, and W. Sandner, "100-Terawatt titanium-sapphire laser system," Laser Phys. 12, 368-374 (2002).

Schonnagel, H.

M. P. Kalachnikov, V. Karpov, H. Schonnagel, and W. Sandner, "100-Terawatt titanium-sapphire laser system," Laser Phys. 12, 368-374 (2002).

Sheppherd, R.

T. Ditmire, S. Bless, G. Dyer, A. Edens, W. Grigsby, G. Hays, K. Madison, A. Maltsev, J. Colvin, M. J. Edwards, R. W. Lee, P. Patel, D. Price, B. A. Remington, R. Sheppherd, A. Wootton, J. Zweiback, E. Liang, and K. A. Kielty, "Overview of future direction in high energy-density and high-field science using ultra-intense lasers," Radia. Phys. and Chem. 70, 535-552 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Spielmann, C.

Springer, P.

J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, "Production of > 1021W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system," Appl. Phy. B 70, S155-S160 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Squier, J.

Strickland, D.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, "Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses," Opt. Commun. 56, 219-221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Stuart, B. C.

Takuma, H.

Tietbohl, G.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic layout of the femtosecond PW Ti:sapphire CPA laser system

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Laser spectral profiles from the regenerative amplifier with (dotted line) and without (solid line) the birefringence plate, and from the pre-amplifier (dashed line).

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

The gain of the final amplifier without cladding as a function of the pump fluence

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Output energy of the final amplifier as a function of the pump energy

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Measured autocorrelation trace of the compressed laser pulse with AOPDF. The inset shows the result without AOPDF.

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