Abstract

A compact multiterawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification is demonstrated. Chirped pulses are amplified from 20 pJ to 900 mJ by two lithium triborate optical parametric preamplifiers and a final KDP optical parametric power amplifier with a pump energy of 5 J at 532 nm from Nd:YAG–Nd:glass hybrid amplifiers. After compression, we obtained a final output of 570-mJ–155-fs pulses with a peak power of 3.67 TW, which is the highest output power from an optical parametric chirped pulse amplification laser, to the best of our knowledge.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the OPCPA laser system: three KDP crystals are frequency doublers, G1–G3 are 1200-lines/mm gold-coated holographic gratings, mirrors D1–D6 are dichroic mirrors coated for high reflectivity at 532 nm and antireflection coated at 1064 nm.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Measured spectrum of the input signal. The bandwidth is 8 nm (FWHM) centered at 1064 nm.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured autocorrelation trace of the input signal. The pulse duration is 150 fs (FWHM).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Measured spectrum of the amplified signal. The bandwidth is 8 nm (FWHM). The center wavelength shifts to 1066 nm.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Measured autocorrelation trace of the recompressed amplified signal pulse. The pulse duration is 155 fs (FWHM).

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