Abstract

We demonstrate what we believe to be the highest-contrast (1011), multiterawatt, chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) Ti:sapphire laser by applying the modified cross-polarized-wave (XPW) generation method. This method produces a contrast improvement of 3 orders of magnitude using microjoule input energy. Microjoule energy can be achieved by direct amplification without the complications of a double CPA system. The 1011 contrast is sufficient for experiments on high-damage-threshold solid targets with focused intensities up to 1022Wcm2.

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Chambaret, J. P.

Chambaret, J.-P.

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Chvykov, V.

d'Oliveira, P.

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G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Pedrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gautier, J. P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
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Falcoz, F.

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Felix, C.

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Flippo, K.

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, and G. Mourou, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO), Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper CWK2.

Gaeta, A.

Gautier, J. C.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Pedrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gautier, J. P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Geindre, J. P.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Pedrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gautier, J. P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Gobert, O.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Pedrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gautier, J. P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Hamoniaux, G.

Herman, S.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, S. Herman, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, Phys. Rev. B 53, 1749 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Homoelle, D.

Itatani, J.

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Jullien, A.

Kalashnikov, M. P.

Kalintchenko, G.

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W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering, Vol. 1 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, 1996), p. 183.

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A. Zhidkov, J. Koga, A. Sasaki, and M. Uesaka, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 185002 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Maksimchuk,

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, and G. Mourou, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO), Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper CWK2.

Maksimchuk, A.

Martin, Ph.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Pedrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gautier, J. P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Milathianaki, D.

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, and G. Mourou, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO), Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper CWK2.

Minkovski, N.

Mourou, G.

D. Homoelle, A. Gaeta, V. Yanovsky, and G. Mourou, Opt. Lett. 27, 1646 (2002).
[CrossRef]

V. Yanovsky, C. Felix, and G. Mourou, Appl. Phys. B: Photophys. Laser Chem. 74, S181 (2002).
[CrossRef]

V. Yanovsky, C. Felix, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 7, 539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, and G. Mourou, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO), Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper CWK2.

Mourou, G. A.

Nantel, M.

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Nees, J.

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, and G. Mourou, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO), Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper CWK2.

Pedrix, M.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Pedrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gautier, J. P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Perry, M. D.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, S. Herman, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, Phys. Rev. B 53, 1749 (1996).
[CrossRef]

V. P. Yanovsky, M. D. Perry, C. G. Brown, M. D. Feit, and A. Rubenchik, presented at Ultrafast Optics Conference, Monterey, Calif., August 4-7, 1997, paper WD-2.

Petrov, G. I.

Planchon, T.

Quere, F.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Pedrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gautier, J. P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Risse, E.

Rousseau, J.-P.

Rousseau, P.

Rubenchik, A.

V. P. Yanovsky, M. D. Perry, C. G. Brown, M. D. Feit, and A. Rubenchik, presented at Ultrafast Optics Conference, Monterey, Calif., August 4-7, 1997, paper WD-2.

Rubenchik, A. M.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, S. Herman, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, Phys. Rev. B 53, 1749 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Saleh, N.

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, and G. Mourou, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO), Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper CWK2.

Saltiel, S.

Saltiel, S. M.

Sandner, W.

Sasaki, A.

A. Zhidkov, J. Koga, A. Sasaki, and M. Uesaka, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 185002 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schonnagel, H.

Shore, B. W.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, S. Herman, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, Phys. Rev. B 53, 1749 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Strickland, I. D.

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

Stuart, B. C.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, S. Herman, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, Phys. Rev. B 53, 1749 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Uesaka, M.

A. Zhidkov, J. Koga, A. Sasaki, and M. Uesaka, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 185002 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Umstadter, D.

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, and G. Mourou, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO), Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper CWK2.

Watanabe, S.

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Wittmann, T.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Pedrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gautier, J. P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Yanovsky, V.

S.-W. Bahk, P. Rousseau, T. Planchon, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, and V. Yanovsky, Opt. Lett. 29, 2837 (2004).
[CrossRef]

D. Homoelle, A. Gaeta, V. Yanovsky, and G. Mourou, Opt. Lett. 27, 1646 (2002).
[CrossRef]

V. Yanovsky, C. Felix, and G. Mourou, Appl. Phys. B: Photophys. Laser Chem. 74, S181 (2002).
[CrossRef]

V. Yanovsky, C. Felix, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 7, 539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, and G. Mourou, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO), Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper CWK2.

Yanovsky, V. P.

V. P. Yanovsky, M. D. Perry, C. G. Brown, M. D. Feit, and A. Rubenchik, presented at Ultrafast Optics Conference, Monterey, Calif., August 4-7, 1997, paper WD-2.

Zhidkov, A.

A. Zhidkov, J. Koga, A. Sasaki, and M. Uesaka, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 185002 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Appl. Phys. B: Photophys. Laser Chem. (1)

V. Yanovsky, C. Felix, and G. Mourou, Appl. Phys. B: Photophys. Laser Chem. 74, S181 (2002).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

V. Yanovsky, C. Felix, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 7, 539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

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

Opt. Commun. (2)

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

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (5)

Phys. Rev. B (1)

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, S. Herman, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, Phys. Rev. B 53, 1749 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. E (1)

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Pedrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gautier, J. P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

A. Zhidkov, J. Koga, A. Sasaki, and M. Uesaka, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 185002 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (3)

V. Yanovsky, N. Saleh, D. Milathianaki, C. Felix, K. Flippo, J. Nees, Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, and G. Mourou, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO), Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper CWK2.

V. P. Yanovsky, M. D. Perry, C. G. Brown, M. D. Feit, and A. Rubenchik, presented at Ultrafast Optics Conference, Monterey, Calif., August 4-7, 1997, paper WD-2.

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering, Vol. 1 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, 1996), p. 183.

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Fig. 1

Simplified layout of the HERCULES laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Dependence of the transmission of double-crystal XPW cleaner on intensity at the crystal.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Third-order autocorrelation with (red curve, 10 TW power; crosses, 50 TW power) and without (black curve, regenerative amplifier only) cleaner. To get a contrast value, the intensity from the third-order autocorrelation has to be divided by 4, a ratio of the temporal resolution of the autocorrelator to the pulse width. The peaks of the red curve at the 10 10 10 11 level are due to single photoelectrons, corresponding to approximately four photons (quantum efficiency of the photomultiplier photocathode 25%).

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