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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1456–1458

Generation of 10 11 contrast 50 TW laser pulses

V. Chvykov, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, G. Kalinchenko, and V. Yanovsky  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 10, pp. 1456-1458 (2006)

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We demonstrate what we believe to be the highest-contrast ( 10 11 ) , multiterawatt, chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) Ti:sapphire laser by applying the modified cross-polarized-wave (XPW) generation method. This method produces a contrast improvement of 3 orders of magnitude using microjoule input energy. Microjoule energy can be achieved by direct amplification without the complications of a double CPA system. The 10 11 contrast is sufficient for experiments on high-damage-threshold solid targets with focused intensities up to 10 22 W cm 2 .

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3590) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, titanium
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 8, 2005
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2006

V. Chvykov, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, G. Kalinchenko, and V. Yanovsky, "Generation of 1011 contrast 50 TW laser pulses," Opt. Lett. 31, 1456-1458 (2006)

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