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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13904–13915

Optimizing sub-ns pulse compression for high energy application

Xiaozhen Xu, Chengyong Feng, and Jean-Claude Diels  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13904-13915 (2014)

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We demonstrate ∼ 40X pulse compression (down to ∼ 300 ps) with ∼ 1 joule, nanosecond pulses for high energy applications requiring ≥ 1 gigawatt of peak power. Our method is based on the established principle of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS). To push the SBS technique to its highest peak-power limit, a combination of theoretical modeling and experiments is used to identify and optimize all critical parameters, including optical configuration, interaction length, intensity matching, choice of gain medium and thermal stability. Pulse compression results are presented both at 1064 nm and 532 nm, with performances close to the theoretical limit and excellent shot-to-shot reproducibility.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: March 28, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 5, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2014
Published: May 30, 2014

Xiaozhen Xu, Chengyong Feng, and Jean-Claude Diels, "Optimizing sub-ns pulse compression for high energy application," Opt. Express 22, 13904-13915 (2014)

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