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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1998
  • pp: 621–623

Single-shot wave-front measurements of high-intensity ultrashort laser pulses with a three-wave interferometer

Jean-Christophe Chanteloup, Frédéric Druon, Marc Nantel, Anatoly Maksimchuk, and Gérard Mourou  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 8, pp. 621-623 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.23.000621


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Abstract

A simple new three-wave interferometric technique is used to measure, for what is believed to be the first time, the wave front of femtosecond ultrahigh-peak-power pulses carrying a strong B integral (B = 5.26±0.15) in a single shot. Wave-front distortions of a terawatt-class laser system are measured with good accuracy (λ/50) and discussed. These distortions can significantly reduce the focused peak intensity, emphasizing the necessity of implementing adaptive optics in ultrahigh-intensity chirped-pulse amplification lasers.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

Citation
Jean-Christophe Chanteloup, Frédéric Druon, Marc Nantel, Anatoly Maksimchuk, and Gérard Mourou, "Single-shot wave-front measurements of high-intensity ultrashort laser pulses with a three-wave interferometer," Opt. Lett. 23, 621-623 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-23-8-621

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