7 May 2013 Multipass amplifiers of POLARIS
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Advanced high intensity laser matter interaction experiments always call for optimized laser performance. In order to further enhance the POLARIS laser system, operational at the University of Jena and the Helmholtz-Institute Jena, in particular its energy, bandwidth and focusability, new amplifier technologies have been developed and are reported here. Additionally, existing sections were considerably improved. A new multi-pass amplification stage, which is able to replace two currently used ones, was developed in close collaboration with the MPQ (Garching). The new basic elements of this amplifier are well homogenized pump modules and the application of a successive imaging principle. By operating the amplifier under vacuum conditions a top hat beam profile with an output energy of up to 1.5 J per pulse is foreseen. The already implemented POLARIS amplifier A4 was further improved by adapting an advanced method for the homogenization of the multi-spot composed pump profile. The new method comprises a computer-based evolutionary algorithm which optimizes the position of the different spots regarding its individual size, shape and intensity. The latter allowed a better homogenization of the POLARIS near field profile.
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S. Keppler, S. Keppler, C. Wandt, C. Wandt, M. Hornung, M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, R. Bödefeld, A. Kessler, A. Kessler, A. Sävert, A. Sävert, M. Hellwing, M. Hellwing, F. Schorcht, F. Schorcht, J. Hein, J. Hein, M. C. Kaluza, M. C. Kaluza, } "Multipass amplifiers of POLARIS", Proc. SPIE 8780, High-Power, High-Energy, and High-Intensity Laser Technology; and Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers, 87800I (7 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2019248; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2019248
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