A direct measurement is presented that quantifies prepulse reduction in an intense, ultrashort pulse on reflection from a high-density plasma created from a SiO2 target at Brewster’s angle. The contrast between the intense ultrashort pulse and prepulse energy was improved by a factor of >625. Pulse-width reduction, spectral broadening, and spatial filtering are also observed in the reflected pulse.
© 1994 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 29, 1994
Published: December 1, 1994
D. M. Gold, "Direct measurement of prepulse suppression by use of a plasma shutter," Opt. Lett. 19, 2006-2008 (1994)