Abstract

We describe a terawatt, femtosecond laser system based on Ti:sapphire amplifiers and the technique of chirped-pulse amplification. The laser output at 807 nm contains 60 mJ of energy in a 125-fs pulse duration. The laser beam is nearly diffraction limited and may be focused to an intensity of 1018 W/cm2 with an f/6 optic.

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1991 (1)

1989 (1)

1988 (1)

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

1987 (4)

F. Salin, P. Georges, G. Roger, A. Brun, Appl. Opt. 26, 4528 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Pessot, P. Maine, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 62, 419 (1987).
[CrossRef]

W. H. Knox, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 4, 1771 (1987).
[CrossRef]

O. E. Martinez, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 59 (1987).
[CrossRef]

1985 (1)

D. Strickland, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

1984 (1)

Bado, P.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Brun, A.

F. Salin, P. Georges, G. Roger, A. Brun, Appl. Opt. 26, 4528 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Georges, F. Salin, F. Estable, G. Roger, A. Brun, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1991), pp. 48–50.

Estable, F.

P. Georges, F. Salin, F. Estable, G. Roger, A. Brun, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1991), pp. 48–50.

Fork, R. L.

Georges, P.

F. Salin, P. Georges, G. Roger, A. Brun, Appl. Opt. 26, 4528 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Georges, F. Salin, F. Estable, G. Roger, A. Brun, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1991), pp. 48–50.

Gordon, J. P.

Harter, D.

Harter, D. J.

Knox, W. H.

Maine, P.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

M. Pessot, P. Maine, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 62, 419 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Martinez, O. E.

Mourou, G.

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, Opt. Lett. 16, 324 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Pessot, J. Squier, G. Mourou, D. J. Harter, Opt. Lett. 14, 797 (1989).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

M. Pessot, P. Maine, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 62, 419 (1987).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Pessot, M.

M. Pessot, J. Squier, G. Mourou, D. J. Harter, Opt. Lett. 14, 797 (1989).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

M. Pessot, P. Maine, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 62, 419 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Roger, G.

F. Salin, P. Georges, G. Roger, A. Brun, Appl. Opt. 26, 4528 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Georges, F. Salin, F. Estable, G. Roger, A. Brun, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1991), pp. 48–50.

Salin, F.

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, Opt. Lett. 16, 324 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Salin, P. Georges, G. Roger, A. Brun, Appl. Opt. 26, 4528 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Georges, F. Salin, F. Estable, G. Roger, A. Brun, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1991), pp. 48–50.

Squier, J.

Strickland, D.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

O. E. Martinez, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 59 (1987).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Commun. (2)

D. Strickland, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

M. Pessot, P. Maine, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 62, 419 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (1)

P. Georges, F. Salin, F. Estable, G. Roger, A. Brun, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1991), pp. 48–50.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Layout of the terawatt, femtosecond laser system. For both expander and compressor, the entrance and exit angles are the same; the beam is displaced in the vertical dimension. The prism pair shown in the regenerative amplifier is optional. BRF, birefringent filter; PC, Pockels cell.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Single-shot autocorrelation data of the laser output. (a) Single shot with prisms in the regenerative amplifier and with no prisms; the solid curve is the calculated autocorrelation of a 125-fs sech2 pulse. (b) Circles are the data with the saturable absorber in the output beam, and the solid curve is the calculated autocorrelation of a 120-fs Gaussian pulse.

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