Generation and Parametric Amplification of Few-Cycle Light Pulses at Relativistic Intensities

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ISBN-13:
9783319928425
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.07.2018
Seiten:
165
Autor:
Alexander Kessel
Gewicht:
470 g
Format:
241x159x17 mm
Serie:
Springer Theses
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D thesis by the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany
Introduction.- Fundamentals.- The Petawatt Field Synthesizer System.- Seed Generation Schemes.- OPCPA Experiments with Two OPA Stages.- Preparations for a Third OPA Stage.- Summary and Outlook.
This book reports on the development of a pioneering light source architecture of the so-called Petawatt Field Synthesizer (PFS) system, which is based on short-pulse pumped, optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA), driven by a homemade, 1-ps diode-pumped Yb:YAG. At a few-cycle pulse duration of the amplified pulses, this architecture yields record levels of peak power and temporal contrast, the latter boasting a 100-times faster rise time from the noise level to peak intensity of the pulse compared to conventional laser systems. This allows investigation of the true laser-solid interaction without premature plasma expansion and without lossy pulse cleaning by e.g. plasma mirrors.
The book describes several concepts for the generation of broadband, high-energy and high-contrast seed pulses, as well as the OPCPA development, few-cycle pulse compression and contrast characterization in a concise and insightful manner. The theory chapter serves as an excellent and accessible primer on OPCPA and other nonlinear interactions, while the experimental parts provide an excellent description of the challenges of developing such a novel architecture and some of the innovative solutions to overcome them.