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Optical pumped ultra-short pulse CO2 lasers as drivers of laser-plasma accelerators and other applications
Author(s): D. A. Jaroszynski; R. N. Campbell; E. Brunetti; S. R. Yoffe
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Paper Abstract

Optically pumped CO2 lasers can operate with high efficiency, high repetition rate and large bandwidths, suitable for producing ultra-short pulses at terawatts to petawatts, in contrast to conventional discharge-pumped CO2 lasers, which are restricted by the requirements of discharge dynamics in high-pressure gas. We show how an optically pumped CO2 laser can be realised and we consider its application in laser-driven acceleration. There is potential to replace conventional transversely excited atmospheric CO2 lasers with diode-pumped solid-state lasers as a pump laser for a high-pressure CO2 gain medium, making it suitable for amplifying ultra-short pulses. We show that by driving a laser plasma wakefield accelerator with an ultra-short pulse CO2 laser, a very high charge, high average current, high energy accelerator can be constructed. This could have a major impact on the application of these novel accelerators and radiation sources based on them.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 January 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11042, XXII International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications, 110420W (3 January 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2522546
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D. A. Jaroszynski, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
R. N. Campbell, IRP Technology (United States)
E. Brunetti, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
S. R. Yoffe, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11042:
XXII International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications
Paolo Di Lazzaro, Editor(s)

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