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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2314–2316

Fast focusing of short-pulse lasers by innovative plasma optics toward extreme intensity

M. Nakatsutsumi, A. Kon, S. Buffechoux, P. Audebert, J. Fuchs, and R. Kodama  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 13, pp. 2314-2316 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.002314


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Abstract

We developed a compact plasma-based focusing optic that, in one step, increases the peak intensity of ultrahigh-intensity lasers without modifying the laser system itself. By using a plasma-based focusing optic with extremely small f-number ( f / 0.4 ), we have experimentally demonstrated a fivefold reduction of the focal spot size (from 4.4 to 0.9 μm ), thus producing an at least eightfold enhancement of the laser light intensity. This innovative plasma-based optic opens the way for the study of high-energy-density and high-field science at intensities greater than presently available.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2010
Published: July 1, 2010

Citation
M. Nakatsutsumi, A. Kon, S. Buffechoux, P. Audebert, J. Fuchs, and R. Kodama, "Fast focusing of short-pulse lasers by innovative plasma optics toward extreme intensity," Opt. Lett. 35, 2314-2316 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-13-2314


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