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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2494–2496

Repetition rate increase and diffraction-limited focal spots for a nonthermal-equilibrium 100-TW Nd:glass laser chain by use of adaptive optics

B. Wattellier, J. Fuchs, J. P. Zou, K. Abdeli, H. Pépin, and C. Haefner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 21, pp. 2494-2496 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.002494


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Abstract

Dynamic wave-front correction is applied before each shot on a 100-TW, 30-J/300-fs high-power laser facility by use of an adaptive-optics system. This system allows us to increase the repetition rate of high-energy lasers while maintaining excellent and constant beam focusability with a Strehl ratio of >0.75 despite the amplifiers' not being in thermal equilibrium. The best results in terms of the highest Strehl ratio and intensities are obtained when locking the system on wave-front sensing after pulse recompression.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

Citation
B. Wattellier, J. Fuchs, J. P. Zou, K. Abdeli, H. Pépin, and C. Haefner, "Repetition rate increase and diffraction-limited focal spots for a nonthermal-equilibrium 100-TW Nd:glass laser chain by use of adaptive optics," Opt. Lett. 29, 2494-2496 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-21-2494

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