18 February 2011 Progress of rep-rate plasma Pockels cell technology in RCLF
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Proceedings Volume 7916, High Power Lasers for Fusion Research; 79160X (2011) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.876549
Event: SPIE LASE, 2011, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
Plasma Pockels cell (PPC), which can use a thin crystal to perform the uniform electro-optical effect, is ideal component as average-power optical switch with large aperture. In this paper, by reformative design and employing a capacity to share the gas discharge voltage, the DKDP PPC driven by one pulse is realized. As gas breakdown delay time is stable, and discharge plasma is uniformly filled the full aperture, it meets the demand of plasma electrode for the repetition-rate PPC with DKDP crystal. A rep-rate plasma Pockels cell (PPC) with Φ30mm aperture has been fabricated. It is optimized with the limited space of repetition rate diode pumped laser. The specification of the PPC is: static transition of 97.2%, switching efficiency of 99.8%, the switch rising time of 8.6ns. In the LD pumped Yb:YAG plate laser system, the PPC can steadily work on 10Hz repetition rate performed as Q-switch. The key problems in PPC are analyzed for repetition-rate application, and thermo-optical effects are simulated by means of numerical modeling when average power laser is loaded on the electro-optical crystal. Furthermore, the principium design of rep-rate PPC with longitudinally conductive cooled structure is described in this paper. It will efficiently abate the thermo-optical effects under repetition rate application.
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Xiongjun Zhang, Jun Zhang, Dengsheng Wu, Jiangang Zheng, Mingzhong Li, Kuixing Zheng, Jingqin Su, Feng Jing, "Progress of rep-rate plasma Pockels cell technology in RCLF", Proc. SPIE 7916, High Power Lasers for Fusion Research, 79160X (18 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876549; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.876549
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