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Title: Spectrally tunable, temporally shaped parametric front end to seed high-energy Nd:glass laser systems

Abstract

Here, we describe a parametric-amplification–based front end for seeding high-energy Nd:glass laser systems. The front end delivers up to 200 mJ by parametric amplification in 2.5-ns flat-in-time pulses tunable over more than 15 nm. Spectral tunability over a range larger than what is typically achieved by laser media at similar energy levels is implemented to investigate cross-beam energy transfer in multibeam target experiments. The front-end operation is simulated to explain the amplified signal’s sensitivity to the input pump and signal. A large variety of amplified waveforms are generated by closed-loop pulse shaping. Various properties and limitations of this front end are discussed.

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Research Org.:
Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Contributing Org.:
Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester
OSTI Identifier:
1400335
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1405330
Report Number(s):
2017-190, 1357
Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087; OPEXFF
Grant/Contract Number:  
NA0001944
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Optics Express
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Optics Express Journal Volume: 25 Journal Issue: 22; Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Publisher:
Optical Society of America
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; Parametric oscillators and amplifiers; Lasers

Citation Formats

Dorrer, C., Consentino, A., Cuffney, R., Begishev, I. A., Hill, E. M., and Bromage, J.. Spectrally tunable, temporally shaped parametric front end to seed high-energy Nd:glass laser systems. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.25.026802.
Dorrer, C., Consentino, A., Cuffney, R., Begishev, I. A., Hill, E. M., & Bromage, J.. Spectrally tunable, temporally shaped parametric front end to seed high-energy Nd:glass laser systems. United States. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.25.026802
Dorrer, C., Consentino, A., Cuffney, R., Begishev, I. A., Hill, E. M., and Bromage, J.. Wed . "Spectrally tunable, temporally shaped parametric front end to seed high-energy Nd:glass laser systems". United States. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.25.026802.
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title = {Spectrally tunable, temporally shaped parametric front end to seed high-energy Nd:glass laser systems},
author = {Dorrer, C. and Consentino, A. and Cuffney, R. and Begishev, I. A. and Hill, E. M. and Bromage, J.},
abstractNote = {Here, we describe a parametric-amplification–based front end for seeding high-energy Nd:glass laser systems. The front end delivers up to 200 mJ by parametric amplification in 2.5-ns flat-in-time pulses tunable over more than 15 nm. Spectral tunability over a range larger than what is typically achieved by laser media at similar energy levels is implemented to investigate cross-beam energy transfer in multibeam target experiments. The front-end operation is simulated to explain the amplified signal’s sensitivity to the input pump and signal. A large variety of amplified waveforms are generated by closed-loop pulse shaping. Various properties and limitations of this front end are discussed.},
doi = {10.1364/OE.25.026802},
journal = {Optics Express},
number = 22,
volume = 25,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {10}
}

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