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Spatial dynamics of picosecond CO2 laser pulses produced by optical switching in Ge
Author(s): Igor V. Pogorelsky; Alan S. Fisher; James T. Veligdan; P. Russell
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Paper Abstract

The design, test and optimization of a picosecond CO2 pulse-forming system are presented. The system switches a semiconductor's optical characteristics at 10 micrometers under the control of a synchronized 1.06-micrometers Nd:YAG picosecond laser pulse. An energy-efficient version of such a system using collimated beams is described. A simple, semi-empirical approach is used to simulate the switching process, specifically including the spatial distributions of the laser energy and phase, which are relevant for experiments in laser-driven electron acceleration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1413, Short-Pulse High-Intensity Lasers and Applications, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46132
Show Author Affiliations
Igor V. Pogorelsky, Spectra Technology, Inc. and Brookhaven National Lab. (United States)
Alan S. Fisher, Brookhaven National Lab. (United States)
James T. Veligdan, Brookhaven National Lab. (United States)
P. Russell, Princeton Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1413:
Short-Pulse High-Intensity Lasers and Applications
Hector A. Baldis, Editor(s)

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