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Title: Design and alignment of an all-spherical unobscured four-mirror image relay for an ultra-broadband sub-petawatt laser

Abstract

We describe the design and alignment of an unobscured reflective image relay for use in an ultra-broadband half-petawatt laser system in development at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The design consists of four spherical mirrors in an unobscured configuration. We show the theoretical basis for such a four-mirror design using first-order optical matrix methods and nodal aberration theory. We also describe the process of aligning this design in a test bed and show the results of this alignment method. We were able to achieve a diffraction-limited nominal design. Furthermore, upon aligning the design in our test bed, we were able to successfully align the design to achieve our target wavefront error of less than 0.3 waves p–v and 0.07 waves rms at the central laser-operating wavelength of 910 nm.

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ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States)
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Research Org.:
Univ. of Rochester, 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:
1581735
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1575955
Report Number(s):
2019-264, 1544
Journal ID: ISSN 1559-128X; APOPAI; 2019-264, 2501, 2501
Grant/Contract Number:  
NA0003856
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Optics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 58; Journal Issue: 35; Journal ID: ISSN 1559-128X
Publisher:
Optical Society of America
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Schiesser, Eric M., Bahk, S. -W., Bromage, J., and Rolland, J. P. Design and alignment of an all-spherical unobscured four-mirror image relay for an ultra-broadband sub-petawatt laser. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1364/AO.58.009514.
Schiesser, Eric M., Bahk, S. -W., Bromage, J., & Rolland, J. P. Design and alignment of an all-spherical unobscured four-mirror image relay for an ultra-broadband sub-petawatt laser. United States. doi:10.1364/AO.58.009514.
Schiesser, Eric M., Bahk, S. -W., Bromage, J., and Rolland, J. P. Mon . "Design and alignment of an all-spherical unobscured four-mirror image relay for an ultra-broadband sub-petawatt laser". United States. doi:10.1364/AO.58.009514.
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title = {Design and alignment of an all-spherical unobscured four-mirror image relay for an ultra-broadband sub-petawatt laser},
author = {Schiesser, Eric M. and Bahk, S. -W. and Bromage, J. and Rolland, J. P.},
abstractNote = {We describe the design and alignment of an unobscured reflective image relay for use in an ultra-broadband half-petawatt laser system in development at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The design consists of four spherical mirrors in an unobscured configuration. We show the theoretical basis for such a four-mirror design using first-order optical matrix methods and nodal aberration theory. We also describe the process of aligning this design in a test bed and show the results of this alignment method. We were able to achieve a diffraction-limited nominal design. Furthermore, upon aligning the design in our test bed, we were able to successfully align the design to achieve our target wavefront error of less than 0.3 waves p–v and 0.07 waves rms at the central laser-operating wavelength of 910 nm.},
doi = {10.1364/AO.58.009514},
journal = {Applied Optics},
number = 35,
volume = 58,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {12}
}

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