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Optics Express

  • Editor: Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 20 — Sep. 29, 2008
  • pp: 15811–15815

Laser system generating 250-mJ bunches of 5-GHz repetition rate, 12-ps pulses

Antonio Agnesi, Caterina Braggio, Luca Carrà, Federico Pirzio, Stefano Lodo, Giuseppe Messineo, Daniele Scarpa, Alessandra Tomaselli, Giancarlo Reali, and Carla Vacchi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 20, pp. 15811-15815 (2008)

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We report on a high-energy solid-state laser based on a master-oscillator power-amplifier system seeded by a 5-GHz repetition-rate mode-locked oscillator, aimed at the excitation of the dynamic Casimir effect by optically modulating a microwave resonator. Solid-state amplifiers provide up to 250 mJ at 1064 nm in a 500-ns (macro-)pulse envelope containing 12-ps (micro-)pulses, with a macro/micropulse format and energy resembling that of near-infrared free-electron lasers. Efficient second-harmonic conversion allowed synchronous pumping of an optical parametric oscillator, obtaining up to 40 mJ in the range 750–850 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 29, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 26, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 4, 2008
Published: September 22, 2008

Antonio Agnesi, Caterina Braggio, Luca Carrà, Federico Pirzio, Stefano Lodo, Giuseppe Messineo, Daniele Scarpa, Alessandra Tomaselli, Giancarlo Reali, and Carla Vacchi, "Laser system generating 250-mJ bunches of 5-GHz repetition rate, 12-ps pulses," Opt. Express 16, 15811-15815 (2008)

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