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Vulcan Petawatt interaction facility
Author(s): Christopher B. Edwards; J. C. Aldis; R. Allott; P. A. Brummitt; J. Collier; R. J. Clark; C. N. Danson; R. Day; M. Dominey; B. C. Eltham; A. J. Frackiewicz; J. A.C. Govans; B. J. Gray; S. Hancock; P. E. Hatton; S. Hawkes; C. R. Heathcote; C. Hernandez-Gomez; P. Holligan; C. Hooker; M. H.R. Hutchinson; A. R. Jackson; A. Kidd; T. Knott; W. J. Lester; J. M.A. Loose; A. J. MacPhee; J. Monk; Z. A. Miljus; D. Neely; D. R. Neville; P. Norreys; M. Notley; J. O'Dell; D. A. Pepler; M. R. Pitts; C. J. Reason; D. Robinson; K. J. Rodgers; D. A. Rodkiss; D. Rose; S. J. Rose; I. N. Ross; A. J. Ryder; M. R. Selley; T. Strange; G. P. Warner; R. Wellstood; G. N. Wiggins; T. B. Winstone; P. N.M. Wright; R. W.W. Wyatt; B. E. Wyborn; Ch Ziener
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Paper Abstract

The Vulcan Nd:glass laser at the Central Laser Facility (CLF) has recently been upgraded to the Petawatt level (1015 Watts). The three year upgrade project was contracted to deliver 500 J in a near diffraction limited pulse of 500 fs duration. The Petawatt facility will deliver an irradiance on target of 1021 W•cm-2 for a wide ranging experimental program in fundamental physics and advanced applications. This includes the interaction of super-high intensity light with matter, fast ignition fusion research, photon induced nuclear reactions, electron and ion acceleration by light waves and the exploration of the exotic world of plasma physics dominated by relativity. Of particular relevance to high speed photography, the Petawatt beam will be used to create a source for advanced high-speed imaging using protons, neutrons and X-rays on an hitherto inaccessible time-scale.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4948, 25th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (1 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.516783
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher B. Edwards, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. C. Aldis, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. Allott, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. A. Brummitt, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. Collier, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. J. Clark, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. N. Danson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. Day, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. Dominey, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
B. C. Eltham, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. J. Frackiewicz, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. A.C. Govans, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
B. J. Gray, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. Hancock, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. E. Hatton, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. Hawkes, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. R. Heathcote, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. Hernandez-Gomez, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. Holligan, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. Hooker, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. H.R. Hutchinson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. R. Jackson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Kidd, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. Knott, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
W. J. Lester, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. M.A. Loose, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. J. MacPhee, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. Monk, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Z. A. Miljus, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. Neely, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. R. Neville, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. Norreys, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. Notley, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. O'Dell, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. A. Pepler, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. R. Pitts, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. J. Reason, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. Robinson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
K. J. Rodgers, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. A. Rodkiss, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. Rose, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. J. Rose, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
I. N. Ross, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. J. Ryder, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. R. Selley, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. Strange, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
G. P. Warner, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. Wellstood, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
G. N. Wiggins, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. B. Winstone, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. N.M. Wright, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. W.W. Wyatt, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
B. E. Wyborn, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Ch Ziener, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4948:
25th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics
Claude Cavailler; Graham P. Haddleton; Manfred Hugenschmidt, Editor(s)

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