7 May 2013 Recent developments on the Vulcan High Power Laser Facility
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We present details of a refurbishment and development programme that we have undertaken on the Vulcan Nd:Glass laser system to improve delivery to its two target areas. For target area petawatt in addition to replacing the gratings in the compressor chamber we have installed a new diagnostic line for improved pulse length measurement and commissioned a high energy seed system to improve contrast. In target area west we have replaced a grating on the high energy short pulse line and improved the focal spot quality. Both areas have been re-commissioned and their laser parameters measured showing that the pulse in petawatt has been measured below 500fs and focused to a spot size of 4μm the two short pulse beam lines in target area west have been measured as short as 1ps and have been focused to 5μm.
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I. Musgrave, I. Musgrave, A. Boyle, A. Boyle, D. Carroll, D. Carroll, R. Clarke, R. Clarke, R. Heathcote, R. Heathcote, M. Galimberti, M. Galimberti, J. Green, J. Green, D. Neely, D. Neely, M. Notley, M. Notley, B. Parry, B. Parry, W. Shaikh, W. Shaikh, T. Winstone, T. Winstone, D. Pepler, D. Pepler, A. Kidd, A. Kidd, C. Hernandez-Gomez, C. Hernandez-Gomez, J. Collier, J. Collier, "Recent developments on the Vulcan High Power Laser Facility", Proc. SPIE 8780, High-Power, High-Energy, and High-Intensity Laser Technology; and Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers, 878003 (7 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2019062; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2019062


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