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Prepulse suppression using a self-induced ultrashort pulse plasma mirror
Author(s): David M. Gold; Howard Nathel; Paul Robert Bolton; William E. White; Linn D. Van Woerkom
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Paper Abstract

The plasma mirror is a self-induced, plasma-based optical element which can be inserted into existing experiments to reduce prepulse energy without significant degradation of ultrashort pulse laser light. We have directly observed the nonlinear reflectivity of the plasma mirror as well as the spatial and temporal characteristics of the reflected pulse. The initial measurements indicate that the incident pulse reflects specularly from a high density, highly reflective plasma. The reflected pulse has a smoothed spatial profile and reduced pulsewidth. We outline future work to characterize both the plasma mirror technique of prepulse suppression and its reflected pulse.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1413, Short-Pulse High-Intensity Lasers and Applications, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46134
Show Author Affiliations
David M. Gold, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Howard Nathel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Paul Robert Bolton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
William E. White, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Linn D. Van Woerkom, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1413:
Short-Pulse High-Intensity Lasers and Applications
Hector A. Baldis, Editor(s)

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