Ultrashort pulses emerging from multimode optical fibers are spatiotemporally complex—the multiple fiber modes have different spatial shapes and different propagation velocities and dispersions inside fibers. To measure the complete spatiotemporal field from multimode fibers in real time, we propose and demonstrate a technique for the complete measurement of these pulses using a simple pulse characterization technique, called Spatially and Temporally Resolved Intensity and Phase Evaluation Device: Full Information from a Single Hologram (STRIPED FISH). It yields the complete electric field vs. space and time from multiple digital holograms, simultaneously recorded at different frequencies on a single camera frame.
By using the SG-II laser and the ninth-beam as the pump source, the Shenguang-II multi petawatt laser system with three OPCPA stages is designed. Based on the largest size of the commercial gratings provided now by the JY Company, chirped pulses with 260J energy will be delivered after the third stage of OPCPA. When compressed by a four pass compressor, a laser pulse of 150J 30fs (5PW) will be obtained. This laser system is under construction and is expected to be finished in the late of 2015. The paper presents the details of its design and the progress has achieved.
In extremely intense laser system used for plasma physics experiments, temporal contrast is an important property of the ultra-short pulse. In this paper, we theoretically study the temporal contrast degradation due to wave front deviation in large aperture ultra-short pulse focusing system. Two-step focusing fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm with the coordinate transform based on Fresnel approximation in space domain and Fourier integral transform method in time domain were used to simulate the focusing process spatially and temporally, in which the spatial distribution of ultra-short pulse temporal contrast characteristics at the focal spot is related to the wave front in large aperture off-axis parabolic mirror focusing optical system. Firstly, temporal contrast degradation due to wave front noise with higher spatial frequency is analyzed and appropriate evaluation parameter for large aperture ultra-short pulse focusing system is put forward from the perspective of temporal contrast. Secondly, the influence of wave front distortion with lower spatial frequency on temporal contrast is revealed comparing different degradation characteristics of various aberrations. At last, a method by controlling and optimizing the wave front to prevent temporal contrast degradation in large aperture ultra-short laser system is proposed, which is of great significance for high temporal contrast petawatt laser facilities.