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Optimised design for a 1 kJ diode-pumped solid-state laser system
Author(s): Paul D. Mason; Klaus Ertel; Saumyabrata Banerjee; P. Jonathan Phillips; Cristina Hernandez-Gomez; John L. Collier
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Paper Abstract

A conceptual design for a kJ-class diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) system based on cryogenic gas-cooled multislab ceramic Yb:YAG amplifier technology has been developed at the STFC as a building block towards a MJ-class source for inertial fusion energy (IFE) projects such as HiPER. In this paper, we present an overview of an amplifier design optimised for efficient generation of 1 kJ nanosecond pulses at 10 Hz repetition rate. In order to confirm the viability of this technology, a prototype version of this amplifier scaled to deliver 10 J at 10 Hz, DiPOLE, is under development at the Central Laser Facility. A progress update on the status of this system is also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8080, Diode-Pumped High Energy and High Power Lasers; ELI: Ultrarelativistic Laser-Matter Interactions and Petawatt Photonics; and HiPER: the European Pathway to Laser Energy, 80801X (9 June 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892317
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Paul D. Mason, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Klaus Ertel, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Saumyabrata Banerjee, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. Jonathan Phillips, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
John L. Collier, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8080:
Diode-Pumped High Energy and High Power Lasers; ELI: Ultrarelativistic Laser-Matter Interactions and Petawatt Photonics; and HiPER: the European Pathway to Laser Energy
Luis O. Silva; Leonida Antonio Gizzi; Joachim Hein; Georg Korn; Chris Edwards, Editor(s)

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