Abstract

The operational characteristics of an ultrahigh-intensity subpicosecond large-aperture KrF* laser system are described. Measurements show the achievement of a focal spot diameter of less than 1.7 μm. Combined with measurements of the pulse width and pulse energy, this yields an average intensity of ~2 × 1019 W/cm2, a value corresponding to a peak electric field of ~24 (e/a02). Light sources of this nature will find application in a broad range of studies of the nonlinear properties of matter in the strong-field regime.

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Boggess, T. F.

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A. McPherson, G. Gibson, H. Jara, U. Johann, T. S. Luk, I. A. Mclntyre, K. Boyer, C. K. Rhodes, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 4, 595 (1987); K. Boyer, T. S. Luk, J. C. Solem, C. K. Rhodes, Phys. Rev. A 39, 1186 (1989).
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T. S. Luk, M. H. R. Hutchinson, H. Jara, U. Johann, I. A. Mclntyre, A. McPherson, A. P. Schwarzenbach, K. Boyer, C. K. Rhodes, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 710, 99 (1986); C. K. Rhodes, Phys. Scr. T17, 193 (1987).
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Endoh, A.

Everall, N. J.

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Gibson, G. N.

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Hooker, C. J.

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T. S. Luk, M. H. R. Hutchinson, H. Jara, U. Johann, I. A. Mclntyre, A. McPherson, A. P. Schwarzenbach, K. Boyer, C. K. Rhodes, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 710, 99 (1986); C. K. Rhodes, Phys. Scr. T17, 193 (1987).
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Jara, H.

A. McPherson, G. Gibson, H. Jara, U. Johann, T. S. Luk, I. A. Mclntyre, K. Boyer, C. K. Rhodes, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 4, 595 (1987); K. Boyer, T. S. Luk, J. C. Solem, C. K. Rhodes, Phys. Rev. A 39, 1186 (1989).
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Lee, P. H. Y.

Long, W.

W. Long, Northrop, Inc., Northrop Research Technology Center, 1 Research Park, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90294 (personal communication).

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T. A. Carlson, C. W. Nestor, N. Wasserman, J. D. McDowell, At. Data 2, 63 (1970).
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McPherson, A.

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T. A. Carlson, C. W. Nestor, N. Wasserman, J. D. McDowell, At. Data 2, 63 (1970).
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Roberts, J. P.

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J. R. M. Barr, N. J. Everall, C. J. Hooker, I. N. Ross, M. J. Shaw, W. T. Toner, Opt. Commun. 66, 127 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Rothenberg, J. E.

Sarukara, N.

Schäfer, F. P.

S. Szatmári, F. P. Schäfer, E. Müller-Horsche, W. Muchenheim, Opt. Commun. 63, 305 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Schwarzenbach, A. P.

A. P. Schwarzenbach, T. S. Luk, I. A. Mclntyre, U. Johann, A. McPherson, K. Boyer, C. K. Rhodes, Opt. Lett. 11, 499 (1986).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. S. Luk, M. H. R. Hutchinson, H. Jara, U. Johann, I. A. Mclntyre, A. McPherson, A. P. Schwarzenbach, K. Boyer, C. K. Rhodes, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 710, 99 (1986); C. K. Rhodes, Phys. Scr. T17, 193 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Shaw, M. J.

J. R. M. Barr, N. J. Everall, C. J. Hooker, I. N. Ross, M. J. Shaw, W. T. Toner, Opt. Commun. 66, 127 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Smirl, A. L.

Sorokin, P. P.

Szatmári, S.

S. Szatmári, F. P. Schäfer, E. Müller-Horsche, W. Muchenheim, Opt. Commun. 63, 305 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Taylor, A. J.

Toner, W. T.

J. R. M. Barr, N. J. Everall, C. J. Hooker, I. N. Ross, M. J. Shaw, W. T. Toner, Opt. Commun. 66, 127 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Wantanabe, S.

Wasserman, N.

T. A. Carlson, C. W. Nestor, N. Wasserman, J. D. McDowell, At. Data 2, 63 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Watanabe, M.

Watanabe, S.

Watanabe, W.

At. Data

T. A. Carlson, C. W. Nestor, N. Wasserman, J. D. McDowell, At. Data 2, 63 (1970).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Opt. Commun.

S. Szatmári, F. P. Schäfer, E. Müller-Horsche, W. Muchenheim, Opt. Commun. 63, 305 (1987).
[CrossRef]

J. R. M. Barr, N. J. Everall, C. J. Hooker, I. N. Ross, M. J. Shaw, W. T. Toner, Opt. Commun. 66, 127 (1988).
[CrossRef]

I. A. Mclntyre, K. Boyer, C. K. Rhodes, Opt. Commun. 67, 225 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.

T. S. Luk, M. H. R. Hutchinson, H. Jara, U. Johann, I. A. Mclntyre, A. McPherson, A. P. Schwarzenbach, K. Boyer, C. K. Rhodes, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 710, 99 (1986); C. K. Rhodes, Phys. Scr. T17, 193 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Other

W. Long, Northrop, Inc., Northrop Research Technology Center, 1 Research Park, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90294 (personal communication).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic showing the layout of the ultrahigh-intensity KrF* laser system. The diagnostic measurements were performed at the position indicated after the Prometheus amplifier.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Ten-shot average of the output of the photodiode array. One pixel represents 1.7 μm. The interpretation of the signal is described in the text.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Charge-state spectrum of neon collected with a time-of-flight spectrometer showing the Ne8+ component using a laser intensity estimated to be ~1018 W/cm2. Satellite signals corresponding to 22Ne ions are also visible. Since the 22Ne abundance is less than 10%, statistical fluctuations occurring for data taken on a single shot cause the 22Ne 7+ and 8+ signals to be absent.

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