By extending the concept of thin film compression [Mourou et al., Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 223(6), 1181 (2014)] to a thin plate, nonlinear post-compression from 24 fs to 13 fs of sub-petawatt laser pulses is demonstrated experimentally using a 1 mm-thick silica plate and chirped mirrors with a total anomalous dispersion of −50 fs2. The measurements were implemented with a specially designed dispersionless vacuum frequency-resolved optical gating, which is based on second harmonic generation of tested pulses in a 10 μm β-barium borate crystal glued on a 1 mm fused silica substrate. The used compression scheme is implemented in a geometry compatible with high power on-target experiment realization.
Thin plate compression of a sub-petawatt Ti:Sa laser pulses
S. Yu. Mironov, S. Fourmaux, P. Lassonde, V. N. Ginzburg, S. Payeur, J.-C. Kieffer, E. A. Khazanov, G. Mourou; Thin plate compression of a sub-petawatt Ti:Sa laser pulses. Appl. Phys. Lett. 15 June 2020; 116 (24): 241101. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0008544
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