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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 17 — Aug. 16, 2010
  • pp: 17865–17875

Fifteen terawatt picosecond CO2 laser system

D. Haberberger, S. Tochitsky, and C. Joshi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 17, pp. 17865-17875 (2010)

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The generation of a record peak-power of 15TW (45J, 3ps) in a single CO2 laser beam is reported. Using a master oscillator–power amplifier laser system, it is shown that up to 100J of energy can be extracted in a train of 3ps laser pulses separated by 18ps, a characteristic time of the CO2 molecule. The bandwidth required for amplifying the short injected laser pulse train in a 2.5atm final CO2 amplifier is provided by field broadening of the medium at intensities of up to 140GW/cm2. The measured saturation energy for 3ps pulses is 120mJ/cm2 which confirms that energy is simultaneously extracted from six rovibrational lines.

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OCIS Codes
(020.6580) Atomic and molecular physics : Stark effect
(140.3470) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, carbon dioxide
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2010
Published: August 4, 2010

D. Haberberger, S. Tochitsky, and C. Joshi, "Fifteen terawatt picosecond CO2 laser system," Opt. Express 18, 17865-17875 (2010)

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