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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 23 — Nov. 5, 2012
  • pp: 25536–25544

Multi-terawatt picoseconds 10-μm СО2 laser system: design and parameters' control

B. G. Bravy, Yu. A. Chernyshev, V. M. Gordienko, E. F. Makarov, V. Ya. Panchenko, V. T. Platonenko, and G. K. Vasil'ev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 23, pp. 25536-25544 (2012)

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The basic principles for design of an advanced multi-terawatt СО2 laser system are considered. The key amplifiers' parameters were evaluated by numerical modeling. The potential advantage of using pulsed chemical DF–CO2 laser as a final amplifier over an electro-ionization TE-CO2 laser is outlined. The dynamics of noise development along the chain of amplifiers and a resultant contrast ratio are analyzed. The evaluated parameters allowed to suggest a system with a mid-pressure final DF–CO2 laser which can generate a single 15-TW 2.5-ps pulse.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1550) Lasers and laser optics : Chemical lasers
(140.3470) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, carbon dioxide
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: September 6, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2012
Published: October 25, 2012

B. G. Bravy, Yu. A. Chernyshev, V. M. Gordienko, E. F. Makarov, V. Ya. Panchenko, V. T. Platonenko, and G. K. Vasil'ev, "Multi-terawatt picoseconds 10-μm СО2 laser system: design and parameters' control," Opt. Express 20, 25536-25544 (2012)

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