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Recent developments on the Vulcan High Power Laser Facility
Author(s): I. Musgrave; A. Boyle; D. Carroll; R. Clarke; R. Heathcote; M. Galimberti; J. Green; D. Neely; M. Notley; B. Parry; W. Shaikh; T. Winstone; D. Pepler; A. Kidd; C. Hernandez-Gomez; J. Collier
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Paper Abstract

We present details of a refurbishment and development programme that we have undertaken on the Vulcan Nd:Glass laser system to improve delivery to its two target areas. For target area petawatt in addition to replacing the gratings in the compressor chamber we have installed a new diagnostic line for improved pulse length measurement and commissioned a high energy seed system to improve contrast. In target area west we have replaced a grating on the high energy short pulse line and improved the focal spot quality. Both areas have been re-commissioned and their laser parameters measured showing that the pulse in petawatt has been measured below 500fs and focused to a spot size of 4μm the two short pulse beam lines in target area west have been measured as short as 1ps and have been focused to 5μm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2013
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8780, High-Power, High-Energy, and High-Intensity Laser Technology; and Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers, 878003 (7 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2019062
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I. Musgrave, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Boyle, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. Carroll, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. Clarke, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. Heathcote, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. Galimberti, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. Green, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. Neely, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. Notley, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
B. Parry, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
W. Shaikh, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. Winstone, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. Pepler, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Kidd, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. Hernandez-Gomez, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. Collier, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8780:
High-Power, High-Energy, and High-Intensity Laser Technology; and Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers
Georg Korn; Joachim Hein; Luis Oliveira Silva, Editor(s)

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