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Title: High-energy parametric amplification of spectrally incoherent broadband pulses

Abstract

We study and demonstrate the efficient parametric amplification of spectrally incoherent broadband nanosecond pulses to high energies. Signals composed of mutually incoherent monochromatic lines or amplified spontaneous emission are amplified in a sequence of optical parametric amplifiers pumped at 526.5 nm, with the last amplifier set in a collinear geometry. This configuration results in 70% conversion efficiency from the pump to the combined signal and idler, with a combined energy reaching 400 mJ and an optical spectrum extending over 60 nm around 1053 nm. The spatial, spectral, and temporal properties of the amplified waves are investigated. The demonstrated high conversion efficiency, spectral incoherence, and large bandwidth open the way to a new generation of high-energy, solid-state laser drivers that mitigate laser–plasma instabilities and laser-beam imprint via enhanced spectral bandwidth.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1580801
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1581156
Report Number(s):
2019-278, 1539
Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087; OPEXFF; 2019-278, 1539, 2495
Grant/Contract Number:  
NA0003856
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Optics Express
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Publisher:
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Dorrer, C., Hill, E. M., and Zuegel, J. D. High-energy parametric amplification of spectrally incoherent broadband pulses. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1364/OE.28.000451.
Dorrer, C., Hill, E. M., & Zuegel, J. D. High-energy parametric amplification of spectrally incoherent broadband pulses. United States. doi:10.1364/OE.28.000451.
Dorrer, C., Hill, E. M., and Zuegel, J. D. Mon . "High-energy parametric amplification of spectrally incoherent broadband pulses". United States. doi:10.1364/OE.28.000451.
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abstractNote = {We study and demonstrate the efficient parametric amplification of spectrally incoherent broadband nanosecond pulses to high energies. Signals composed of mutually incoherent monochromatic lines or amplified spontaneous emission are amplified in a sequence of optical parametric amplifiers pumped at 526.5 nm, with the last amplifier set in a collinear geometry. This configuration results in 70% conversion efficiency from the pump to the combined signal and idler, with a combined energy reaching 400 mJ and an optical spectrum extending over 60 nm around 1053 nm. The spatial, spectral, and temporal properties of the amplified waves are investigated. The demonstrated high conversion efficiency, spectral incoherence, and large bandwidth open the way to a new generation of high-energy, solid-state laser drivers that mitigate laser–plasma instabilities and laser-beam imprint via enhanced spectral bandwidth.},
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