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Focused intensities of 1020 Wcm-2 with the upgraded Vulcan CPA interaction facility
Author(s): Colin N. Danson; Ric M. Allott; S. Angood; G. Booth; J. L. Collier; A. R. Damerell; Christopher B. Edwards; P. S. Flintoff; J. Govans; S. Hancock; P. Hatton; S. J. Hawkes; M. H. R. Hutchinson; Michael H. Key; C. Hernandez-Gomez; John Leach; W. Lester; David Neely; Peter A. Norreys; M. M. Notley; David A. Pepler; C. J. Reason; D. A. Rodkiss; Ian N. Ross; W. T. Toner; M. Trentelman; J. A. Walczak; R. A. Wellstood; T. B. Winstone; R. W. W. Wyatt; B. E. Wyborn
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Paper Abstract

There has been considerable interest in the last 10 years in the physics of ultra-high power laser interactions. With all high power lasers such as Vulcan there is a limit to the energy that can be extracted from laser amplifiers at short pulse-lengths due to the intensity dependent non-linear refractive index. The technique of Chirped Pulse Amplification has overcome the classic limit and has resulted in massive increases in focused intensity. The large increase in on target intensity is achieved by a substantial, usually orders of magnitude, reduction in pulse duration while at the same time maintaining comparable pulse energy and focusability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3492, Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion, (23 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354151
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Colin N. Danson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Ric M. Allott, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. Angood, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
G. Booth, 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)
P. S. Flintoff, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. Govans, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. Hancock, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. Hatton, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. J. Hawkes, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. H. R. Hutchinson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Michael H. Key, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. Hernandez-Gomez, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
John Leach, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
W. Lester, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
David Neely, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Peter A. Norreys, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. M. Notley, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
David A. Pepler, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. J. Reason, 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)
M. Trentelman, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. A. Walczak, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. A. Wellstood, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. B. Winstone, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. W. W. Wyatt, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
B. E. Wyborn, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3492:
Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion
W. Howard Lowdermilk, Editor(s)

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