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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2011
  • pp: 3145–3147

Ultra-high-contrast few-cycle pulses for multipetawatt-class laser technology

Julia M. Mikhailova, Alexander Buck, Antonin Borot, Karl Schmid, Christopher Sears, George D. Tsakiris, Ferenc Krausz, and Laszlo Veisz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 16, pp. 3145-3147 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.003145


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Abstract

We report the generation of few-cycle multiterawatt light pulses with a temporal contrast of 10 10 , when measured as close as 2 ps to the pulse’s peak. Tens of picoseconds before the main pulse, the contrast value is expected to spread much beyond the measurement limit. Separate measurements of contrast improvement factors at different stages of the laser system indicate that real contrast values may reach 10 19 and 10 14 , when measured 50 and 25 ps before the pulse’s peak, respectively. The combination of the shortest pulse duration and the highest contrast renders our system a promising front-end architecture for future multipetawatt laser facilities.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 26, 2011
Published: August 10, 2011

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Julia M. Mikhailova, Alexander Buck, Antonin Borot, Karl Schmid, Christopher Sears, George D. Tsakiris, Ferenc Krausz, and Laszlo Veisz, "Ultra-high-contrast few-cycle pulses for multipetawatt-class laser technology," Opt. Lett. 36, 3145-3147 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-16-3145


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