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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2004
  • pp: 635–637

Demonstration of coherent addition of multiple gratings for high-energy chirped-pulse-amplified lasers

Terrance J. Kessler, Joachim Bunkenburg, Hu Huang, Alexei Kozlov, and David D. Meyerhofer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 635-637 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.000635


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Abstract

Petawatt solid-state lasers require meter-sized gratings to reach multiple-kilojoule energy levels without laser-induced damage. As an alternative to large single gratings, we demonstrate that smaller, coherently added (tiled) gratings can be used for subpicosecond-pulse compression. A Fourier-transform-limited, 650-fs chirped-pulse-amplified laser pulse is maintained by replacing a single compression grating with a tiled-grating assembly. Grating tiling provides a means to scale the energy and irradiance of short-pulse lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics

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Terrance J. Kessler, Joachim Bunkenburg, Hu Huang, Alexei Kozlov, and David D. Meyerhofer, "Demonstration of coherent addition of multiple gratings for high-energy chirped-pulse-amplified lasers," Opt. Lett. 29, 635-637 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-6-635


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