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New PW stretcher-compressor design for PHELIX laser
Author(s): D. Javorkova; P. Neumayer; Th. Kühl; S. Borneis; E. Brambrink; C. Bruske; E. Gaul; S. Götte; T. Hahn; H. M. Heuck; S. Kunzer; T. Merz; D. Reemts; M. Roth; F. Schrader; A. Tauschwitz; R. Thiel; D. Ursescu; P. Wiewior; B. Zielbauer
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Paper Abstract

With PHELIX (Petawatt High Energy Laser for heavy Ion EXperiments) a high energy/ultra-high intensity laser system is currently under construction at the GSI (Gesellschaft für SchwerIonenforschung, Germany). In combination with the high current high energy ion accelerator facility this will provide worldwide unique experimental opportunities in the field of dense plasma physics and inertial fusion research. In the long pulse mode the laser system will provide laser pulses of up to 5 kJ in 1-10 ns pulses. In the high intensity mode pulse powers in excess of 1 PW will be achieved. For this the well known technique of chirped pulse amplification (CPA) will be implemented. A new CPA stretcher-compressor setup for the PHELIX laser was calculated and designed. A 4-pass single-grating stretcher and a 4-pass single-grating test compressor, both with a full transmission bandwidth of 16 nm, as well as the compact single-pass compressor for the final pulse compression will be presented. Spatial chirp and spectral phase aberrations of the stretcher were optimized. We discuss the dependence of critical alignment tolerances on the angle of incidence and show the effects on the temporal pulse shape.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5945, 14th Slovak-Czech-Polish Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics, 59451C (6 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.638979
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D. Javorkova, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
Comenius Univ. (Slovak Republic)
P. Neumayer, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
Th. Kühl, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany)
S. Borneis, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
E. Brambrink, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
Technical Univ. of Darmstadt (Germany)
C. Bruske, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
E. Gaul, Univ. of Texas, Austin (United States)
S. Götte, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
T. Hahn, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
H. M. Heuck, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
FH Münster (Germany)
S. Kunzer, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
T. Merz, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
Technical Univ. of Darmstadt (Germany)
D. Reemts, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
M. Roth, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
Technical Univ. of Darmstadt (Germany)
F. Schrader, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
A. Tauschwitz, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
R. Thiel, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
D. Ursescu, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany)
P. Wiewior, Julius-Maximilians Univ. of Würzburg (Germany)
B. Zielbauer, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (Germany)
Max-Born-Institut (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5945:
14th Slovak-Czech-Polish Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics
Anton Štrba; Dagmar Senderákova; Miroslav Hrabovský, Editor(s)

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