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Enhancement of Amplified Spontaneous Emission Contrast With a Novel Front-End Based on NOPA and SHG Processes

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8 Author(s)
Yi Xu ; State Key Lab. of High Field Laser Phys., Shanghai Inst. of Opt. & Fine Mech, Shanghai, China ; Yansui Huang ; Yanyan Li ; Jianzhou Wang
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Employing a novel front-end based on femtosecond noncollinear optical-parametric amplification and second-harmonic generation processes in a Ti:sapphire chirped pulse amplification laser system, we first demonstrate the efficient enhancement of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) contrast. Cleaned seed pulses of 100-μJ energy generated by the front-end are amplified to 0.75 J before compressor. After compression and under pulse peak power of 7 TW, the ASE contrast is promoted from original ~ 108 to ~ 1011. The experimental results for nanometer film target interactions also demonstrate the improvement of the contrast. Finally, the evolution of the ASE contrast under different seed pulse energy is demonstrated experimentally, which can be used to design the higher power laser with higher ASE contrast.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 4 )