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High average power, diode pumped petawatt laser systems: a new generation of lasers enabling precision science and commercial applications
Author(s): C. L. Haefner; A. Bayramian; S. Betts; R. Bopp; S. Buck; J. Cupal; M. Drouin; A. Erlandson; J. Horáček; J. Horner; J. Jarboe; K. Kasl; D. Kim; E. Koh; L. Koubíková; W. Maranville; C. Marshall; D. Mason; J. Menapace; P. Miller; P. Mazurek; A. Naylon; J. Novák; D. Peceli; P. Rosso; K. Schaffers; E. Sistrunk; D. Smith; T. Spinka; J. Stanley; R. Steele; C. Stolz; T. Suratwala; S. Telford; J. Thoma; D. VanBlarcom; J. Weiss; P. Wegner

Paper Abstract

Large laser systems that deliver optical pulses with peak powers exceeding one Petawatt (PW) have been constructed at dozens of research facilities worldwide and have fostered research in High-Energy-Density (HED) Science, High-Field and nonlinear physics [1]. Furthermore, the high intensities exceeding 1018W/cm2 allow for efficiently driving secondary sources that inherit some of the properties of the laser pulse, e.g. pulse duration, spatial and/or divergence characteristics. In the intervening decades since that first PW laser, single-shot proof-of-principle experiments have been successful in demonstrating new high-intensity laser-matter interactions and subsequent secondary particle and photon sources. These secondary sources include generation and acceleration of charged-particle (electron, proton, ion) and neutron beams, and x-ray and gamma-ray sources, generation of radioisotopes for positron emission tomography (PET), targeted cancer therapy, medical imaging, and the transmutation of radioactive waste [2, 3]. Each of these promising applications requires lasers with peak power of hundreds of terawatt (TW) to petawatt (PW) and with average power of tens to hundreds of kW to achieve the required secondary source flux.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 2017
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10241, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III, 1024102 (26 June 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2281050
Show Author Affiliations
C. L. Haefner, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
A. Bayramian, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. Betts, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. Bopp, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. Buck, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
J. Cupal, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
M. Drouin, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
A. Erlandson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Horáček, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
J. Horner, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Jarboe, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
K. Kasl, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
D. Kim, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
E. Koh, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
L. Koubíková, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
W. Maranville, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
C. Marshall, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
D. Mason, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Menapace, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
P. Miller, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
P. Mazurek, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
A. Naylon, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
J. Novák, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
D. Peceli, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
P. Rosso, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
K. Schaffers, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
E. Sistrunk, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
D. Smith, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
T. Spinka, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Stanley, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. Steele, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
C. Stolz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
T. Suratwala, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. Telford, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Thoma, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
D. VanBlarcom, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Weiss, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
P. Wegner, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10241:
Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III
Georg Korn; Luis O. Silva, Editor(s)

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