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Canadian TeraWatt portable laser
Author(s): Marc Châteauneuf; Jacques Dubois
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Paper Abstract

Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) has recently acquired a Terawatt laser system that will be mounted in a portable container. A class 100,000 clean room will be inserted in the container to maintain the ideal conditions for the laser operation. The compact laser system stands on a 1.25m x 2.5m optical table. The pulse energy at the output of the compressor is higher than 250 mJ and the pulse width output beam lower than 50 fs resulting in a peak power greater than 5 TW. Although the laser system is portable which allows its deployment for test fields on multi-kilometer ranges, a special building will be constructed to efficiently use its capabilities. While the container will seat inside a garage, it will be possible to steer the laser beam toward a well confined 200 m exterior range, or toward a class 100,000 laboratory. The primary objectives of the use of this laser are to study the beam filamentation and the generation of high energy THz waves.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6400, Femtosecond Phenomena and Nonlinear Optics III, 64000F (29 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.689996
Show Author Affiliations
Marc Châteauneuf, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Jacques Dubois, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6400:
Femtosecond Phenomena and Nonlinear Optics III
Sean M. Kirkpatrick; Razvan Stoian, Editor(s)

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