Abstract

Misalignment of the stretcher-compressor stages of chirped pulse amplification (CPA) lasers can aggravate the spatiotemporal shape of ultrashort pulses. We demonstrate a simple technique for angular dispersion measurement, which offers real-time single-shot two-dimensional characterization across the entire beam profile. The accuracy of our pilot experiment approaches its current theoretical limit of 0.1μrad/nm. Unlike the current one-dimensional techniques working in the near field, the method works in the far field; hence, it is especially appropriate for assisting the most accurate alignment of a CPA laser compressor ensuring the maximum intensity on the target.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic layout of the 2D method.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Sample image of the separated peaks.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Results of the trial measurement of the angular dispersion of the different prism arrangements (crosses). The dashed line shows the expected one-to-one connection between the calculated and the measured values.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Experimental setup for characterizing the misalignment of the compressor of a usual CPA system.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

3D plot of the total measured angular dispersion versus the misalignment axes. Projected arrows show the directions of measurement series.

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