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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2003
  • pp: 1823–1825

Tuning of laser pulse shapes in grating-based compressors for optimal electron acceleration in plasmas

Cs. Tóth, J. Faure, J. van Tilborg, C. G. R. Geddes, C. B. Schroeder, E. Esarey, and W. P. Leemans  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 19, pp. 1823-1825 (2003)

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The temporal shape (rise time, fall time, skewness) of 50–200-fs Ti:sapphire laser pulses has been controlled by appropriate adjustment of a grating-pair compressor. It was found that the skewness of the laser pulse envelope is particularly sensitive to the third-order component of the spectral phase. Introducing such a third-order phase offset by detuning the grating pair relative to the optimum pulse compression settings allowed the generation of skewed pulses. As an example of an application, these skewed pulses were used to optimize a laser-plasma electron accelerator.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

Cs. Tóth, J. Faure, J. van Tilborg, C. G. R. Geddes, C. B. Schroeder, E. Esarey, and W. P. Leemans, "Tuning of laser pulse shapes in grating-based compressors for optimal electron acceleration in plasmas," Opt. Lett. 28, 1823-1825 (2003)

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