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Development of a PW class OPCPA beamline for the Vulcan Laser Facility (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Ian Musgrave; Giedre Archipovaite; Steve Blake; Nicola Booth; Oleg Chekhlov; Rob Clarke; Rob Heathcote; Cristina Hernandez-Gomez; Marco Galimberti; Mario Galletti; Pedro Oliveira; Dave Neely; Waseem Shaikh; Trevor Winstone; John Collier; Brian Wyborn
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Paper Abstract

The Petawatt beamline at the Vulcan laser facility is capable of delivering pulses with 500J of energy in <500fs, and has been operational as a user facility since 2003; being used to study laser matter interactions under extreme conditions. In addition to this short-pulse beamline there is a single long pulse beamline capable of 250J with durations from 0.5 to 6ns. In this paper we present our plans to add an auxiliary beamline to this facility based on Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) using LBO as the non-linear crystal. This new beamline will have a dedicated laser area where the seed will be generated, stretched and amplified before being transported to the target area for compression and delivery to target. The beamline will be implemented in 2 phases the first phase will see the development of a 7J <30fs capability with the second phase increasing the delivered energy to 30J. This additional beamline will open up the potential for novel pump probe experiments when operated with the existing PW and long pulse beamlines.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2019
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Proc. SPIE 11034, Short-pulse High-energy Lasers and Ultrafast Optical Technologies, 110340K (13 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2523890
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Ian Musgrave, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Giedre Archipovaite, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Steve Blake, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Nicola Booth, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Oleg Chekhlov, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Rob Clarke, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Rob Heathcote, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Marco Galimberti, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Mario Galletti, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Pedro Oliveira, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Dave Neely, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Waseem Shaikh, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Trevor Winstone, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
John Collier, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Brian Wyborn, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11034:
Short-pulse High-energy Lasers and Ultrafast Optical Technologies
Pavel Bakule; Constantin L. Haefner, Editor(s)

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