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Design of a petawatt optical parametric chirped pulse amplification upgrade of the kilojoule iodine laser PALS

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 May 2013

Ondřej Novák
Affiliation:
Institute of Physics, AS CR, v.v.i., Prague, Czech Republic Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Martin Divoký
Affiliation:
Institute of Physics, AS CR, v.v.i., Prague, Czech Republic
Hana Turčičová
Affiliation:
Institute of Physics, AS CR, v.v.i., Prague, Czech Republic
Petr Straka
Affiliation:
Institute of Physics, AS CR, v.v.i., Prague, Czech Republic
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Abstract

A design for generation of two ultra-high power laser beams, 130 TW and 1.4 PW, using a chain of optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers, first pumped by a 10 Hz frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser, and later by the frequency tripled single-shot kilojoule level iodine laser Prague Asterix Laser System is presented. Expected enhancement of the parameters in the upgrade, besides the output power, are up to 1022 W/cm2 from 1016 W/cm2 in target intensity, and about 20 fs from 0.5 ns in pulse duration. Owing to the limited dimensions of the Prague Asterix Laser System building, the lay-out of the new equipment had to use only the left-over space in the laser hall.

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