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Limitations and applications of the colliding shock lens
Author(s): Max M. Michaelis; M. Kuppen; G. R. Turner; A. C. K. Mahlase; A. R. Prause; A. Conti; N. Lisi
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Paper Abstract

Gas lenses are indestructible and capable of focusing two orders of magnitude higher laser intensities than solid lenses. Conventional gas lenses such as the Spinning Pipe Gas Lens (SPGL) are however long, bulky and optically weak. The recently patented Colliding Shock Lens (CSL) is a shorter more powerful gas lens. It also offers the possibility of greater apertures than the 3 cm currently achievable with other gas lenses. We present recent experimental work on the CSL and propose two new applications apart from the CSL Q-Switch and other applications described elsewhere. They are the Colliding Shock Laser and the Colliding Shock Light Guide. The latter could find application in laser accelerator research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1998
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3343, High-Power Laser Ablation, (14 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321622
Show Author Affiliations
Max M. Michaelis, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
M. Kuppen, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
G. R. Turner, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
A. C. K. Mahlase, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
A. R. Prause, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
A. Conti, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
N. Lisi, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3343:
High-Power Laser Ablation
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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