Abstract

We present the setup of a polarization rotating device and its adaption for high-power short-pulse laser systems. Compared to conventional halfwave plates, the all-reflective principle using three zero-phase shift mirrors provides a higher accuracy and a higher damage threshold. Since plan-parallel plates, e.g. these halfwave plates, generate postpulses, which could lead to the generation of prepulses during the subsequent laser chain, the presented device avoids parasitic pulses and is therefore the preferable alternative for high-contrast applications. Moreover the device is easily scalable for large beam diameters and its spectral reflectivity can be adjusted by an appropriate mirror coating to be well suited for ultra-short laser pulses.

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2011 (1)

S. Keppler, R. Bödefeld, M. Hornung, A. Sävert, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Prepulse suppression in a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B104, 11–16 (2011).
[CrossRef]

2010 (1)

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2009 (1)

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2008 (1)

2006 (1)

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

M. C. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. K. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1988 (1)

1985 (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun.55, 447–449 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Albright, B. J.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Bödefeld, R.

S. Keppler, R. Bödefeld, M. Hornung, A. Sävert, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Prepulse suppression in a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B104, 11–16 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Bowers, K. J.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Didenko, N. V.

Divall, E.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Eidmann, K.

M. C. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. K. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fernández, J. C.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Flippo, K. A.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Gautier, D. C.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Greninger, C. E.

Habs, D.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Hegelich, B. M.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Hein, J.

S. Keppler, R. Bödefeld, M. Hornung, A. Sävert, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Prepulse suppression in a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B104, 11–16 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Henig, A.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Hornung, M.

S. Keppler, R. Bödefeld, M. Hornung, A. Sävert, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Prepulse suppression in a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B104, 11–16 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Johnson, R. P.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Jung, D.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Kaluza, M. C.

S. Keppler, R. Bödefeld, M. Hornung, A. Sävert, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Prepulse suppression in a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B104, 11–16 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. C. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. K. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kamperidis, C.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Keppler, S.

S. Keppler, R. Bödefeld, M. Hornung, A. Sävert, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Prepulse suppression in a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B104, 11–16 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Kessler, A.

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Kiefer, D.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Konyashchenko, A. V.

Krushelnick, K.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lancaster, K. L.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Letzring, S.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Liechtenstein, V. Kh.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Lindau, F.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lundh, O.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lutsenko, A. P.

Mangles, S. P. D.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Markey, K.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Meyer-ter-Vehn, J.

M. C. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. K. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mourou, G.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun.55, 447–449 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Murphy, C. D.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Najmudin, Z.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Persson, A.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Podleska, S.

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Rykovanov, S. G.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Santala, M. I. K.

M. C. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. K. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sävert, A.

S. Keppler, R. Bödefeld, M. Hornung, A. Sävert, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Prepulse suppression in a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B104, 11–16 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Schnepp, M.

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Schreiber, J.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

M. C. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. K. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Shimada, T.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Siebold, M.

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Strickland, D.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun.55, 447–449 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Tenyakov, S. Yu.

Thomas, A. G. R.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tsakiris, G. D.

M. C. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. K. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wachs, R.

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Wahlström, C. -G.

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Witte, K. J.

M. C. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. K. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wu, H. -C.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Yin, L.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Zepf, M.

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B (2)

M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, A. Kessler, M. Schnepp, R. Wachs, A. Sävert, S. Podleska, S. Keppler, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Temporal pulse control of a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B101, 93–102 (2010).
[CrossRef]

S. Keppler, R. Bödefeld, M. Hornung, A. Sävert, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, “Prepulse suppression in a multi-10-TW diode-pumped Yb:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B104, 11–16 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun.55, 447–449 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (2)

A. Henig, D. Kiefer, K. Markey, D. C. Gautier, K. A. Flippo, S. Letzring, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, L. Yin, B. J. Albright, K. J. Bowers, J. C. Fernández, S. G. Rykovanov, H. -C. Wu, M. Zepf, D. Jung, V. Kh. Liechtenstein, J. Schreiber, D. Habs, and B. M. Hegelich, “Radiation-pressure acceleration of ion beams driven by circularly polarized laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045003 (2009).
[CrossRef]

M. C. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. K. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion (1)

S. P. D. Mangles, A. G. R. Thomas, M. C. Kaluza, O. Lundh, F. Lindau, A. Persson, Z. Najmudin, C. -G. Wahlström, C. D. Murphy, C. Kamperidis, K. L. Lancaster, E. Divall, and K. Krushelnick, “Effect of laser contrast ratio on electron beam stability in laser wakefield acceleration experiments,” Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion48, B83–B90 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

TIC of Polaris. The blue (a) and red line (b) were achieved with a HWP in the 2nd regenerative amplifier and an output energy of 30mJ (blue line (a)) and 3mJ (red line (b)), respectively, adjusted by the energy level of the pulse seeding this amplifier. These values correspond to B-Integrals of 0.7rad (blue line (a)) and < 0.1rad (red line (b)), respectively. The black line (c) shows the contrast scan after replacing the HWP with the same energy-level as (a).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Principle of all-reflective polarization rotation. The near field profile, represented by the letter B’, as well as the incident polarization, E⃗in are rotated by an angle of 2φ, while the mirror arrangement is rotated by φ. To improve the traceability, the polarization states on the individual mirrors are depicted.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Reflectivity for s- (black, dashed) and p- (black, solid) polarized light and the corresponding phase difference (blue, dotted) of dielectric zero-phase-shift mirrors. The vertical red lines indicate the spectral bandwidth of the Polaris pulses.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Transmission through two crossed polarizers with the 3-mirror assembly (red circles) and a half wave plate (blue crosses). The black solid line shows an ideal cos2 transmission function. Each polarizer had an extinction ratio of 2 × 10−6.

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E pre = 1 3 3 B 2 E post .

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