Picosecond optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier as a preamplifier to generate high-energy seed pulses for contrast enhancement.

Abstract

We present the design, implementation, and testing of a novel picosecond optical parametric preamplifier system to generate high-energy seed pulses for the Vulcan laser facility. The preamplifier amplifies 100 fs pulses stretched to 3 ps pulses from 10 pJ to 70 μJ in a single stage of amplification before the pulses are further amplified in the Vulcan high… (More)
DOI: 10.1364/AO.49.006558

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