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Title: Temporally Resolved Intensity Contouring (TRIC) for characterization of the absolute spatio-temporal intensity distribution of a relativistic, femtosecond laser pulse

Abstract

Today's high-power laser systems are capable of reaching photon intensities up to 10 22 W cm -2, generating plasmas when interacting with material. The high intensity and ultrashort laser pulse duration (fs) make direct observation of plasma dynamics a challenging task. In the field of laser-plasma physics and especially for the acceleration of ions, the spatio-temporal intensity distribution is one of the most critical aspects. We describe a novel method based on a single-shot (i.e. single laser pulse) chirped probing scheme, taking nine sequential frames at frame rates up to THz. This technique, to which we refer as temporally resolved intensity contouring (TRIC) enables single-shot measurement of laser-plasma dynamics. Using TRIC, we demonstrate the reconstruction of the complete spatio-temporal intensity distribution of a high-power laser pulse in the focal plane at full pulse energy with sub-picosecond resolution.

Authors:
 [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [3]; ORCiD logo [4]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Ludwig-Maximillians-Univ. München, München (Germany)
  2. Ludwig-Maximillians-Univ. München, München (Germany); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  3. Ludwig-Maximillians-Univ. München, München (Germany); Max-Planck-Inst. für Quantenoptik, München (Germany)
  4. Ludwig-Maximillians-Univ. München, München (Germany); Max-Planck-Inst. für Quantenoptik, München (Germany); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1581344
Grant/Contract Number:  
[AC02-05CH11231]
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
[ Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 1]; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; imaging and sensing; laser-produced plasmas; ultrafast photonics

Citation Formats

Haffa, Daniel, Bin, Jianhui, Speicher, Martin, Allinger, Klaus, Hartmann, Jens, Kreuzer, Christian, Ridente, Enrico, Ostermayr, Tobias M., and Schreiber, Jörg. Temporally Resolved Intensity Contouring (TRIC) for characterization of the absolute spatio-temporal intensity distribution of a relativistic, femtosecond laser pulse. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-42683-z.
Haffa, Daniel, Bin, Jianhui, Speicher, Martin, Allinger, Klaus, Hartmann, Jens, Kreuzer, Christian, Ridente, Enrico, Ostermayr, Tobias M., & Schreiber, Jörg. Temporally Resolved Intensity Contouring (TRIC) for characterization of the absolute spatio-temporal intensity distribution of a relativistic, femtosecond laser pulse. United States. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-42683-z.
Haffa, Daniel, Bin, Jianhui, Speicher, Martin, Allinger, Klaus, Hartmann, Jens, Kreuzer, Christian, Ridente, Enrico, Ostermayr, Tobias M., and Schreiber, Jörg. Wed . "Temporally Resolved Intensity Contouring (TRIC) for characterization of the absolute spatio-temporal intensity distribution of a relativistic, femtosecond laser pulse". United States. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-42683-z. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1581344.
@article{osti_1581344,
title = {Temporally Resolved Intensity Contouring (TRIC) for characterization of the absolute spatio-temporal intensity distribution of a relativistic, femtosecond laser pulse},
author = {Haffa, Daniel and Bin, Jianhui and Speicher, Martin and Allinger, Klaus and Hartmann, Jens and Kreuzer, Christian and Ridente, Enrico and Ostermayr, Tobias M. and Schreiber, Jörg},
abstractNote = {Today's high-power laser systems are capable of reaching photon intensities up to 1022 W cm-2, generating plasmas when interacting with material. The high intensity and ultrashort laser pulse duration (fs) make direct observation of plasma dynamics a challenging task. In the field of laser-plasma physics and especially for the acceleration of ions, the spatio-temporal intensity distribution is one of the most critical aspects. We describe a novel method based on a single-shot (i.e. single laser pulse) chirped probing scheme, taking nine sequential frames at frame rates up to THz. This technique, to which we refer as temporally resolved intensity contouring (TRIC) enables single-shot measurement of laser-plasma dynamics. Using TRIC, we demonstrate the reconstruction of the complete spatio-temporal intensity distribution of a high-power laser pulse in the focal plane at full pulse energy with sub-picosecond resolution.},
doi = {10.1038/s41598-019-42683-z},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = [1],
volume = [9],
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {5}
}

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