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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2007
  • pp: 310–312

Double plasma mirror for ultrahigh temporal contrast ultraintense laser pulses

Anna Lévy, Tiberio Ceccotti, Pascal D’Oliveira, Fabrice Réau, Michel Perdrix, Fabien Quéré, Pascal Monot, Michel Bougeard, Hervé Lagadec, Philippe Martin, Jean-Paul Geindre, and Patrick Audebert  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp. 310-312 (2007)

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We present and characterize a very efficient optical device that employs the plasma mirror technique to increase the contrast of high-power laser systems. Contrast improvements higher than 10 4 with 50% transmission are shown to be routinely achieved on a typical 10 TW laser system when the pulse is reflected on two consecutive plasma mirrors. Used at the end of the laser system, this double plasma mirror preserves the spatial profile of the initial beam, is unaffected by shot-to-shot fluctuations, and is suitable for most high peak power laser systems. We use the generation of high-order harmonics as an effective test for the contrast improvement produced by the double plasma mirrors.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 1, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 2, 2006
Published: January 12, 2007

Anna Lévy, Tiberio Ceccotti, Pascal D'Oliveira, Fabrice Réau, Michel Perdrix, Fabien Quéré, Pascal Monot, Michel Bougeard, Hervé Lagadec, Philippe Martin, Jean-Paul Geindre, and Patrick Audebert, "Double plasma mirror for ultrahigh temporal contrast ultraintense laser pulses," Opt. Lett. 32, 310-312 (2007)

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