In this work we will present a new diode-pumped, OPCPA-based few-cycle, high energy, high power mid-infrared laser system, providing few-cycle pulses at high repetition rate. Plans for its subsequent amplification to the mJ level at 10 Hz are also shown.
These lasers will be used as the main drivers for high harmonic generation and laser-plasma acceleration experiments in Portugal. Additionally, they will be open for access by external users. This will be an unprecedented experimental capability at the national level, allowing experiments in a novel physical regime.