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Title: OPCPA front end and contrast optimization for the OMEGA EP kilojoule, picosecond laser

Abstract

OMEGA EP is a large-scale laser system that combines optical parametric amplification and solid-state laser amplification on two beamlines to deliver high-intensity, high-energy optical pulses. The temporal contrast of the output pulse is limited by the front-end parametric fluorescence and other features that are specific to parametric amplification. The impact of the two-crystal parametric preamplifier, pump-intensity noise, and pump-signal timing is experimentally studied. The implementation of a parametric amplifier pumped by a short pump pulse before stretching, further amplification, and recompression to enhance the temporal contrast of the high-energy short pulse is described.

Authors:
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  1. Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics
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Research Org.:
Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1214215
Grant/Contract Number:  
NA0001944
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Optics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 17; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 2040-8978
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; optical parametric chirped pulse amplification, temporal contrast, nonlinear optics

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Dorrer, C., Consentino, A., Irwin, D., Qiao, J., and Zuegel, J. D. OPCPA front end and contrast optimization for the OMEGA EP kilojoule, picosecond laser. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1088/2040-8978/17/9/094007.
Dorrer, C., Consentino, A., Irwin, D., Qiao, J., & Zuegel, J. D. OPCPA front end and contrast optimization for the OMEGA EP kilojoule, picosecond laser. United States. doi:10.1088/2040-8978/17/9/094007.
Dorrer, C., Consentino, A., Irwin, D., Qiao, J., and Zuegel, J. D. Tue . "OPCPA front end and contrast optimization for the OMEGA EP kilojoule, picosecond laser". United States. doi:10.1088/2040-8978/17/9/094007. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1214215.
@article{osti_1214215,
title = {OPCPA front end and contrast optimization for the OMEGA EP kilojoule, picosecond laser},
author = {Dorrer, C. and Consentino, A. and Irwin, D. and Qiao, J. and Zuegel, J. D.},
abstractNote = {OMEGA EP is a large-scale laser system that combines optical parametric amplification and solid-state laser amplification on two beamlines to deliver high-intensity, high-energy optical pulses. The temporal contrast of the output pulse is limited by the front-end parametric fluorescence and other features that are specific to parametric amplification. The impact of the two-crystal parametric preamplifier, pump-intensity noise, and pump-signal timing is experimentally studied. The implementation of a parametric amplifier pumped by a short pump pulse before stretching, further amplification, and recompression to enhance the temporal contrast of the high-energy short pulse is described.},
doi = {10.1088/2040-8978/17/9/094007},
journal = {Journal of Optics},
number = 9,
volume = 17,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {9}
}

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