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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 26 — Dec. 21, 2009
  • pp: 23809–23816

Large area high efficiency broad bandwidth 800 nm dielectric gratings for high energy laser pulse compression

D. H. Martz, H. T. Nguyen, D. Patel, J. A. Britten, D. Alessi, E. Krous, Y. Wang, M. A. Larotonda, J. George, B. Knollenberg, B. M. Luther, J. J. Rocca, and C. S. Menoni  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 26, pp. 23809-23816 (2009)

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We have demonstrated broad bandwidth large area (229 mm x 114 mm) multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings for the efficient compression of high energy 800 nm laser pulses at high average power. The gratings are etched in the top layers of an aperiodic (Nb0.5Ta0.5)2O5-SiO2 multilayer coating deposited by ion beam sputtering. The mean efficiency of the grating across the area is better than 97% at the center wavelength and remains above 96% at wavelengths between 820 nm and 780 nm. The gratings were used to compress 5.5 J pulses from a Ti:sapphire laser with an efficiency above 80 percent.

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OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(130.3060) Integrated optics : Infrared
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(310.1860) Thin films : Deposition and fabrication
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

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Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: November 13, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 10, 2009
Published: December 11, 2009

D. H. Martz, H. T. Nguyen, D. Patel, J. A. Britten, D. Alessi, E. Krous, Y. Wang, M. A. Larotonda, J. George, B. Knollenberg, B. M. Luther, J. J. Rocca, and C. S. Menoni, "Large area high efficiency broad bandwidth 800 nm dielectric gratings for high energy laser pulse compression," Opt. Express 17, 23809-23816 (2009)

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