1 August 2003 Vulcan Petawatt interaction facility
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Proceedings Volume 4948, 25th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics; (2003); doi: 10.1117/12.516783
Event: 25th international Congress on High-Speed photography and Photonics, 2002, Beaune, France
Abstract
The Vulcan Nd:glass laser at the Central Laser Facility (CLF) has recently been upgraded to the Petawatt level (1015 Watts). The three year upgrade project was contracted to deliver 500 J in a near diffraction limited pulse of 500 fs duration. The Petawatt facility will deliver an irradiance on target of 1021 W•cm-2 for a wide ranging experimental program in fundamental physics and advanced applications. This includes the interaction of super-high intensity light with matter, fast ignition fusion research, photon induced nuclear reactions, electron and ion acceleration by light waves and the exploration of the exotic world of plasma physics dominated by relativity. Of particular relevance to high speed photography, the Petawatt beam will be used to create a source for advanced high-speed imaging using protons, neutrons and X-rays on an hitherto inaccessible time-scale.
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Christopher B. Edwards, J. C. Aldis, R. Allott, P. A. Brummitt, J. Collier, R. J. Clark, C. N. Danson, R. Day, M. Dominey, B. C. Eltham, A. J. Frackiewicz, J. A.C. Govans, B. J. Gray, S. Hancock, P. E. Hatton, S. Hawkes, C. R. Heathcote, C. Hernandez-Gomez, P. Holligan, C. Hooker, M. H.R. Hutchinson, A. R. Jackson, A. Kidd, T. Knott, W. J. Lester, J. M.A. Loose, A. J. MacPhee, J. Monk, Z. A. Miljus, D. Neely, D. R. Neville, P. Norreys, M. Notley, J. O'Dell, D. A. Pepler, M. R. Pitts, C. J. Reason, D. Robinson, K. J. Rodgers, D. A. Rodkiss, D. Rose, S. J. Rose, I. N. Ross, A. J. Ryder, M. R. Selley, T. Strange, G. P. Warner, R. Wellstood, G. N. Wiggins, T. B. Winstone, P. N.M. Wright, R. W.W. Wyatt, B. E. Wyborn, Ch Ziener, "Vulcan Petawatt interaction facility", Proc. SPIE 4948, 25th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (1 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.516783; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.516783
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