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Salamanca Pulsed Laser Center: the Spanish petawatt
Author(s): Luis Roso
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Paper Abstract

A few Petawatt lasers are operative now in the world and a few more are under construction in several places. One of them is under construction at Salamanca, Spain, in the framework of a Consortium between the Central Government of Spain, the regional Government of Castilla y Leon and the University of Salamanca. The Spanish PW will reach that extreme power with 30 Joule / 30 femtosecond pulses, using Ti:Sapphire CPA technology and delivering one shot per second. The Salamanca laser will allow synchronized pump/probe experiments with a unique 200 TW probe sharing the same front end. The laser is now under construction and full operation is expected in less than two years. That laser will be a user facility opened to the national and the international scientific community. To understand the meaning of such a system, a review of the technology and its extreme applications in the foreseen range of powers and intensities is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2011
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8001, International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 800113 (26 July 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894556
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Luis Roso, Ctr. de Laseres Pulsados (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8001:
International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics
Manuel Filipe Costa, Editor(s)

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