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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2004
  • pp: 2837–2839

Generation and characterization of the highest laser intensities (1022 W/cm2)

S.-W. Bahk, P. Rousseau, T. A. Planchon, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, and V. Yanovsky  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 24, pp. 2837-2839 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.002837


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Abstract

We generated a record peak intensity of 0.7×10<sup>22</sup>W/cm<sup>2</sup> by focusing a 45-TW laser beam with an f/0.6 off-axis paraboloid. The aberrations of the paraboloid and the low-energy reference laser beam were measured and corrected, and a focal spot size of 0.8 μm was achieved. It is shown that the peak intensity can be increased to 1.0×10<sup>22</sup>W/cm<sup>2</sup> by correction of the wave front of a 45-TW beam relative to the reference beam. The phase and amplitude measurement provides for an efficient full characterization of the focal field.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(140.3590) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, titanium
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

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S.-W. Bahk, P. Rousseau, T. A. Planchon, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, and V. Yanovsky, "Generation and characterization of the highest laser intensities (1022 W/cm2)," Opt. Lett. 29, 2837-2839 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-24-2837


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