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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 18 — Aug. 27, 2012
  • pp: 20742–20747

All-reflective, highly accurate polarization rotator for high-power short-pulse laser systems

S. Keppler, M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Kahle, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 18, pp. 20742-20747 (2012)

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We present the setup of a polarization rotating device and its adaption for high-power short-pulse laser systems. Compared to conventional halfwave plates, the all-reflective principle using three zero-phase shift mirrors provides a higher accuracy and a higher damage threshold. Since plan-parallel plates, e.g. these halfwave plates, generate postpulses, which could lead to the generation of prepulses during the subsequent laser chain, the presented device avoids parasitic pulses and is therefore the preferable alternative for high-contrast applications. Moreover the device is easily scalable for large beam diameters and its spectral reflectivity can be adjusted by an appropriate mirror coating to be well suited for ultra-short laser pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: June 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2012
Published: August 24, 2012

S. Keppler, M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Kahle, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, "All-reflective, highly accurate polarization rotator for high-power short-pulse laser systems," Opt. Express 20, 20742-20747 (2012)

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