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Pulse generation and shaping using the ultra-high-power laser system: VULCAN
Author(s): Colin N. Danson; L. J. Barzanti; Christopher B. Edwards; S. A. Edwards; C. N. Harrison; C. J. Mistry; David Neely; Peter A. Norreys; David A. Pepler; D. A. Rodkiss; Ian N. Ross; W. T. Toner; T. B. Winstone; F. N. Walsh; R. W. W. Wyatt
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Paper Abstract

VULCAN is a multi-beam, multi-terawatt laser facility based on Nd:glass operating at 1053 nm. The system is highly versatile, supplying four experimental areas with laser radiation at a range of pulse durations from 700 fs to 20 ns, at fundamental frequency, frequency doubled, or, as a limited option, frequency tripled wavelengths. Beams are available in a number of geometries dictated by the university based programs, which at present include: cluster; line focus including x-ray laser oscillator/amplifier geometry; backlighting; probing; and chirped pulse amplification (CPA) configurations. The system has eight beams which can deliver synchronized long and short pulses including two beams which can deliver subpicosecond CPA pulses. The CPA capabilities on VULCAN are an integral part of the laser system, not only delivering sub-picosecond pulses, but allowing uncompressed pulses and multi-pulses to be delivered to the target areas synchronized with the nanosecond pulses. This paper describes the system configuration, details the means of pulse synchronization and presents some of the pulse manipulation techniques used on VULCAN to provide the laser requirements for the experimental program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2633, Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), (8 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228259
Show Author Affiliations
Colin N. Danson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
L. J. Barzanti, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Christopher B. Edwards, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. A. Edwards, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. N. Harrison, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. J. Mistry, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
David Neely, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Peter A. Norreys, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
David A. Pepler, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. A. Rodkiss, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Ian N. Ross, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
W. T. Toner, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. B. Winstone, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
F. N. Walsh, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. W. W. Wyatt, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2633:
Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF)

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