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Development of petawatt laser amplification systems at the Central Laser Facility
Author(s): O. Chekhlov; E. J. Divall; K. Ertel; S. J. Hawkes; C. J. Hooker; I. N. Ross; P. Matousek; C. Hernandez-Gomez; I. Musgrave; Y. Tang; T. Winstone; D. Neely; R. Clarke; P. Foster; S. J. Hancock; B. E. Wyborn; J. L. Collier
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Paper Abstract

We describe two development projects: Astra-Gemini: a Petawatt class system based Ti: Sapphire amplifiers and a 10 PW upgrade for the Vulcan laser. The design concepts, features of the optical design of amplifiers and compressors are presented. Radial delay compensation techniques used for a 3-x beam expander are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6735, International Conference on Lasers, Applications, and Technologies 2007: High-Power Lasers and Applications, 67350J (25 July 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.753222
Show Author Affiliations
O. Chekhlov, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
E. J. Divall, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
K. Ertel, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. J. Hawkes, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. J. Hooker, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
I. N. Ross, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. Matousek, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. Hernandez-Gomez, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
I. Musgrave, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Y. Tang, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. Winstone, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. Neely, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. Clarke, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. Foster, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. J. Hancock, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
B. E. Wyborn, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. L. Collier, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6735:
International Conference on Lasers, Applications, and Technologies 2007: High-Power Lasers and Applications

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