Development of a petawatt class Ti:Sapphire laser for the excitation of extreme radiation sources
This dissertation describes the design, construction and characterization of a high peak power, high repetition rate, Titanium-Sapphire laser system. This chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) laser delivers femtosecond pulses of up to 0.85 PW peak power. By utilizing pump laser amplifiers with a slab configuration high repetition rate are achieved, 3.3Hz, the highest at which Petawatt-class lasers have been operated to date. This 800nm laser also has a high power, ultra-high contrast 400 nm beamline. By frequency doubling the 800 nm with a KDP crystal at ≥ 40% conversion we are able to achieve a ...
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