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Design and characterization of the VULCAN Nd:glass laser to give focused intensities of >1019 Wcm-2
Author(s): Colin N. Danson; S. Angood; L. J. Barzanti; N. Bradwell; J. L. Collier; A. R. Damerell; Christopher B. Edwards; C. Johnson; Michael H. Key; David Neely; M. Nightingale; Peter A. Norreys; David A. Pepler; D. A. Rodkiss; Ian N. Ross; P. Ryves; N. Thompson; M. Trentelman; F. N. Walsh; E. Wolfrum; R. W. W. Wyatt
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Paper Abstract

The process of Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) as presently implemented on the VULCAN glass laser is capable of delivering 30 J to target with pulselengths in the sub- picosecond regime. Results from various experiments have shown that intensities of 1018 - 1019 W cm-2 have been achieved on target enabling users to carry out important new experiments in X-ray laser research, laser fusion, basic plasma physics and particle acceleration. An EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) facility upgrade grant has been awarded to increase the current operational level of 35 TW, to over 200 TW. This upgrade forms Phase I of a two phase upgrade to raise the performance of VULCAN to the Petawatt level. This paper details the design of the upgraded system and describes a new interaction chamber which takes full advantage of the availability of synchronous kJ multi-beam long pulse operation on VULCAN with the CPA capabilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3047, Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294339
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Colin N. Danson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. Angood, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
L. J. Barzanti, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
N. Bradwell, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. L. Collier, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. R. Damerell, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Christopher B. Edwards, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. Johnson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Michael H. Key, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
David Neely, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. Nightingale, 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)
P. Ryves, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
N. Thompson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. Trentelman, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
F. N. Walsh, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
E. Wolfrum, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. W. W. Wyatt, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3047:
Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference

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