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Hundred mJ level, high contrast OPCPA/Yb:YAG hybrid laser system

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14 Author(s)
Suzuki, M. ; Photo-Med. Res. Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kyoto, Japan ; Kiriyama, H. ; Daito, I. ; Okada, H.
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Yb:YAG CPA have a potential to develop a compact, high peak power at high repetition rates. For high energy pulses of short duration Yb:YAG regenerative amplifiers have mainly been studied for which significant prepulse and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE). In laser proton acceleration studies it is very important to suppress the prepulse and ASE levels, because a preplasma is generated before the peak of the laser pulse, therefore the maximum proton energy is limited. To overcome this problem, the OPCPA can efficiently provide high gain for the main pulse while suppressing prepulse amplification. Here we have first demonstrated a hundred mJ level, femtosecond of an OPCPA/Yb:YAG hybrid laser system with a contrast level of 10-9 at -150 ps.

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Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (CLEO EUROPE/EQEC), 2011 Conference on and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference

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22-26 May 2011