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Title: Temporal feedback control of high-intensity laser pulses to optimize ultrafast heating of atomic clusters

Abstract

We describe how active feedback routines can be applied at a limited repetition rate (5 Hz) to optimize high-power (>10 TW) laser interactions with clustered gases. Optimization of x-ray production from an argon cluster jet, using a genetic algorithm, approximately doubled the measured energy through temporal modification of the 150 mJ driving laser pulse. This method achieved an increased radiation yield through exploration of a multi-dimensional parameter space, without requiring detailed a priori knowledge of the complex cluster dynamics. The optimized laser pulses exhibited a slow rising edge to the intensity profile, which enhanced the laser energy coupling into the cluster medium, compared to the optimally compressed FWHM pulse (40 fs). This report suggests that this technique can be more widely utilized for control of intense pulsed secondary radiation from petawatt-class laser systems.

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  1. Daresbury Lab. (United Kingdom). Cockcroft Inst. of Accelerator Science and Technology (AST)
  2. Univ. of York (United Kingdom). York Plasma Inst.
  3. Imperial College London (United Kingdom). Blackett Lab.
  4. Imperial College London (United Kingdom). John Adams Inst. for Accelerator Science
  5. Tata Inst. of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (India)
  6. TIFR Center for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad (India)
  7. Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore (India). Laser Plasma Section
  8. Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)
  9. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
  10. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Oxford (United Kingdom). Rutherford Appleton Lab. (RAL)
  11. Daresbury Lab. (United Kingdom). Cockcroft Inst. of Accelerator Science and Technology (AST); Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Center for Ultrafast Optical Science
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1540199
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0016804
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 112; Journal Issue: 24; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS

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Streeter, M. J. V., Dann, S. J. D., Scott, J. D. E., Baird, C. D., Murphy, C. D., Eardley, S., Smith, R. A., Rozario, S., Gruse, J. -N., Mangles, S. P. D., Najmudin, Z., Tata, S., Krishnamurthy, M., Rahul, S. V., Hazra, D., Pourmoussavi, P., Osterhoff, J., Hah, J., Bourgeois, N., Thornton, C., Gregory, C. D., Hooker, C. J., Chekhlov, O., Hawkes, S. J., Parry, B., Marshall, V. A., Tang, Y., Springate, E., Rajeev, P. P., Thomas, A. G. R., and Symes, D. R. Temporal feedback control of high-intensity laser pulses to optimize ultrafast heating of atomic clusters. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1063/1.5027297.
Streeter, M. J. V., Dann, S. J. D., Scott, J. D. E., Baird, C. D., Murphy, C. D., Eardley, S., Smith, R. A., Rozario, S., Gruse, J. -N., Mangles, S. P. D., Najmudin, Z., Tata, S., Krishnamurthy, M., Rahul, S. V., Hazra, D., Pourmoussavi, P., Osterhoff, J., Hah, J., Bourgeois, N., Thornton, C., Gregory, C. D., Hooker, C. J., Chekhlov, O., Hawkes, S. J., Parry, B., Marshall, V. A., Tang, Y., Springate, E., Rajeev, P. P., Thomas, A. G. R., & Symes, D. R. Temporal feedback control of high-intensity laser pulses to optimize ultrafast heating of atomic clusters. United States. doi:10.1063/1.5027297.
Streeter, M. J. V., Dann, S. J. D., Scott, J. D. E., Baird, C. D., Murphy, C. D., Eardley, S., Smith, R. A., Rozario, S., Gruse, J. -N., Mangles, S. P. D., Najmudin, Z., Tata, S., Krishnamurthy, M., Rahul, S. V., Hazra, D., Pourmoussavi, P., Osterhoff, J., Hah, J., Bourgeois, N., Thornton, C., Gregory, C. D., Hooker, C. J., Chekhlov, O., Hawkes, S. J., Parry, B., Marshall, V. A., Tang, Y., Springate, E., Rajeev, P. P., Thomas, A. G. R., and Symes, D. R. Wed . "Temporal feedback control of high-intensity laser pulses to optimize ultrafast heating of atomic clusters". United States. doi:10.1063/1.5027297. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1540199.
@article{osti_1540199,
title = {Temporal feedback control of high-intensity laser pulses to optimize ultrafast heating of atomic clusters},
author = {Streeter, M. J. V. and Dann, S. J. D. and Scott, J. D. E. and Baird, C. D. and Murphy, C. D. and Eardley, S. and Smith, R. A. and Rozario, S. and Gruse, J. -N. and Mangles, S. P. D. and Najmudin, Z. and Tata, S. and Krishnamurthy, M. and Rahul, S. V. and Hazra, D. and Pourmoussavi, P. and Osterhoff, J. and Hah, J. and Bourgeois, N. and Thornton, C. and Gregory, C. D. and Hooker, C. J. and Chekhlov, O. and Hawkes, S. J. and Parry, B. and Marshall, V. A. and Tang, Y. and Springate, E. and Rajeev, P. P. and Thomas, A. G. R. and Symes, D. R.},
abstractNote = {We describe how active feedback routines can be applied at a limited repetition rate (5 Hz) to optimize high-power (>10 TW) laser interactions with clustered gases. Optimization of x-ray production from an argon cluster jet, using a genetic algorithm, approximately doubled the measured energy through temporal modification of the 150 mJ driving laser pulse. This method achieved an increased radiation yield through exploration of a multi-dimensional parameter space, without requiring detailed a priori knowledge of the complex cluster dynamics. The optimized laser pulses exhibited a slow rising edge to the intensity profile, which enhanced the laser energy coupling into the cluster medium, compared to the optimally compressed FWHM pulse (40 fs). This report suggests that this technique can be more widely utilized for control of intense pulsed secondary radiation from petawatt-class laser systems.},
doi = {10.1063/1.5027297},
journal = {Applied Physics Letters},
number = 24,
volume = 112,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {6}
}

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