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Terawatt CO2 laser: a new tool for strong-field research
Author(s): Igor Pogorelsky; Markus Babzien; Igor Pavlishin; Daniil Stolyarov; Vitaly Yakimenko; Peter Shkolnikov; Alexander Pukhov; Alexei Zhidkov; Victor T. Platonenko
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Paper Abstract

We describe the physical principles and architecture of a multi-stage picosecond terawatt CO2 laser system, PITER-I, operational at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The laser is a part of the DOE user's facility open for international scientific community. One of the prospective strong-field physics applications of PITER-I is the production of proton- and heavy-ion beams upon irradiating thin-film targets and gas jets. We discuss the possibilities for upgrading a CO2 laser to a multi-terawatt femtosecond regime.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6261, High-Power Laser Ablation VI, 626118 (7 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.667811
Show Author Affiliations
Igor Pogorelsky
Markus Babzien
Igor Pavlishin
Daniil Stolyarov
Vitaly Yakimenko
Peter Shkolnikov, Stony Brook Univ. (United States)
Alexander Pukhov, Institute for Theoretical Physics I (Germany)
Alexei Zhidkov, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Victor T. Platonenko, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6261:
High-Power Laser Ablation VI
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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