9 June 2011 Optimised design for a 1 kJ diode-pumped solid-state laser system
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A conceptual design for a kJ-class diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) system based on cryogenic gas-cooled multislab ceramic Yb:YAG amplifier technology has been developed at the STFC as a building block towards a MJ-class source for inertial fusion energy (IFE) projects such as HiPER. In this paper, we present an overview of an amplifier design optimised for efficient generation of 1 kJ nanosecond pulses at 10 Hz repetition rate. In order to confirm the viability of this technology, a prototype version of this amplifier scaled to deliver 10 J at 10 Hz, DiPOLE, is under development at the Central Laser Facility. A progress update on the status of this system is also presented.
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Paul D. Mason, Paul D. Mason, Klaus Ertel, Klaus Ertel, Saumyabrata Banerjee, Saumyabrata Banerjee, P. Jonathan Phillips, P. Jonathan Phillips, Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, John L. Collier, John L. Collier, } "Optimised design for a 1 kJ diode-pumped solid-state laser system", Proc. SPIE 8080, Diode-Pumped High Energy and High Power Lasers; ELI: Ultrarelativistic Laser-Matter Interactions and Petawatt Photonics; and HiPER: the European Pathway to Laser Energy, 80801X (9 June 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892317; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.892317
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