Abstract

We have developed a hybrid Ti:sapphire–Nd:glass laser system that produces more than 1500  TW (1.5  PW) of peak power. The system produces 660  J of power in a compressed 440±20 fs pulse by use of 94-cm master diffraction gratings. Focusing to an irradiance of >7×1020 W/cm2 is achieved by use of a Cassegrainian focusing system employing a plasma mirror.

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1969 (1)

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D. Grischkowsky and A. C. Balant, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 1 (1982).
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Barzanti, L. N.

C. N. Danson, L. N. Barzanti, and Z. Chang, Opt. Commun. 103, 392 (1993).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Boyd, R.

Britten, J.

Britten, J. A.

Brown, C.

Chamberet, J. P.

Chang, Z.

C. N. Danson, L. N. Barzanti, and Z. Chang, Opt. Commun. 103, 392 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Chériaux, G.

Corkum, P. B.

C. Joshi and P. B. Corkum, Phys. Today 49(1) (1996).

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Curly, P. F.

Danson, C. N.

C. N. Danson, C. B. Edwards, D. Neely, and P. Norreys, Proc. SPIE 3047, 505 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Ditmire, T.

Edwards, C. B.

C. N. Danson, C. B. Edwards, D. Neely, and P. Norreys, Proc. SPIE 3047, 505 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Ettlebrick, R.

Feit, M. D.

M. D. Perry, V. Yanovsky, M. D. Feit, and A. Rubenchik, “Plasma mirrors,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

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R. A. Fisher and W. K. Bischell, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 46 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Gary, S.

Grischkowsky, D.

D. Grischkowsky and A. C. Balant, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 1 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Guo, T.

Hamoniaux, G.

Herman, S.

Huang, C.

Husson, D.

Joshi, C.

C. Joshi and P. B. Corkum, Phys. Today 49(1) (1996).

Kapteyn, H. C.

Kartz, M.

M. Kartz, Proc. SPIE 3047 (1997).

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Kean, P. N.

Krausz, F.

Le Blanc, C.

LeBlanc, C.

Maine, P.

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

Martinez, O. E.

O. E. Martinez, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 1385 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Migus, A.

Miller, J.

Moulton, P. F.

Mourou, G.

M. D. Perry and G. Mourou, Science 264, 917 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. Sauteret, D. Husson, G. Thiell, S. Seznec, S. Gary, A. Migus, and G. Mourou, Opt. Lett. 16, 238 (1991);C. Rouyer, É. Mazataud, I. Allais, A. Pierre, S. Seznec, C. Sauteret, G. Mourou, and A. Migus, Opt. Lett. 18, 214 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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

Murnane, M. M.

Neely, D.

C. N. Danson, C. B. Edwards, D. Neely, and P. Norreys, Proc. SPIE 3047, 505 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Norreys, P.

C. N. Danson, C. B. Edwards, D. Neely, and P. Norreys, Proc. SPIE 3047, 505 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Patterson, F. G.

Pennington, D.

Perry, M. D.

Pessot, M.

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

Raksi, F.

Rose-Petruck, C.

Rousseau, P.

Rubenchik, A.

M. D. Perry, V. Yanovsky, M. D. Feit, and A. Rubenchik, “Plasma mirrors,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

Salin, F.

Sauteret, C.

Seznec, S.

Shiraga, H.

Shore, B. W.

Sibbett, W.

Spence, D. E.

Spielmann, C.

Squier, J.

Stingl, A.

Strickland, D.

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

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

Stuart, B.

Stuart, B. C.

Szipocs, R.

Thiell, G.

Tietbohl, G.

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E. B. Treacy, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-5, 454 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Weston, J.

Wharton, K.

Wilson, K.

Yakovlev, V. V.

Yamakawa, K.

Yanovsky, V.

Zhou, J.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

D. Grischkowsky and A. C. Balant, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 1 (1982).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (4)

E. B. Treacy, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-5, 454 (1969).
[CrossRef]

R. A. Fisher and W. K. Bischell, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 46 (1975).
[CrossRef]

O. E. Martinez, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 1385 (1987).
[CrossRef]

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

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

Opt. Commun. (2)

C. N. Danson, L. N. Barzanti, and Z. Chang, Opt. Commun. 103, 392 (1993).
[CrossRef]

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

Opt. Lett. (10)

Phys. Today (1)

C. Joshi and P. B. Corkum, Phys. Today 49(1) (1996).

Proc. SPIE (2)

C. N. Danson, C. B. Edwards, D. Neely, and P. Norreys, Proc. SPIE 3047, 505 (1997).
[CrossRef]

M. Kartz, Proc. SPIE 3047 (1997).

Science (1)

M. D. Perry and G. Mourou, Science 264, 917 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (2)

Y. Kato, in Superstrong Fields in Plasmas, Vol. 426 of AIP Conference Proceedings (American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, N.Y., 1997).

M. D. Perry, V. Yanovsky, M. D. Feit, and A. Rubenchik, “Plasma mirrors,” Phys. Plasmas (to be published).

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the petawatt laser system: (a) front end. PC’s, Pockels cells; BS’s beam splitters; TFP’s, thin-film polarizers (b) disk amplifier section. Only three of the five 31.5-cm amplifiers are fired for petawatt operation.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Pulse compressor and single-beam target chamber.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured pulse parameters at an energy of 620  J: (a) pulse spectrum and (b) autocorrelation (deconvolved pulse width, 430  fs), ΔνΔτ=0.43.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Focusing system for solid targets. For pulses <5 ps the debris shield is removed and the Cassegrainian geometry is employed.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Equivalent plane image of the far-field distribution at 1.2  PW with the deformable mirror activated.

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