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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2000
  • pp: 1954–1961

Wave-front control of a large-aperture laser system by use of a static phase corrector

Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, John L. Collier, Steve J. Hawkes, Colin N. Danson, Chris B. Edwards, Dave A. Pepler, Ian N. Ross, and Trevor B. Winstone  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 12, pp. 1954-1961 (2000)

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In large-aperture, ultrahigh-intensity laser systems, such as Vulcan at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, one of the most important factors that determines the ultimate on-target focused intensity is the wave-front quality of the laser pulse. We report on a wave-front analysis carried out on Vulcan to determine the nature and contribution of the aberrations present in the laser pulse that effectively limited the available on-target intensity. We also report on a significant improvement to the wave-front quality that was achieved by static correction of the main aberration, resulting in an increase of focused intensities by a factor of 4.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers

Original Manuscript: July 19, 1999
Revised Manuscript: December 22, 1999
Published: April 20, 2000

Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, John L. Collier, Steve J. Hawkes, Colin N. Danson, Chris B. Edwards, Dave A. Pepler, Ian N. Ross, and Trevor B. Winstone, "Wave-front control of a large-aperture laser system by use of a static phase corrector," Appl. Opt. 39, 1954-1961 (2000)

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