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Optimised design for a 1 kJ diode-pumped solid-state laser system

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Paul D. Mason, Klaus Ertel, Saumyabrata Banerjee, P. Jonathan Phillips, Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, John L. Collier

Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)

Proc. SPIE 8080, Diode-Pumped High Energy and High Power Lasers; ELI: Ultrarelativistic Laser-Matter Interactions and Petawatt Photonics; and HiPER: the European Pathway to Laser Energy, 80801X (June 09, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.892317
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  • Diode-Pumped High Energy and High Power Lasers; ELI: Ultrarelativistic Laser-Matter Interactions and Petawatt Photonics; and HiPER: the European Pathway to Laser Energy
  • Joachim Hein; Luis O. Silva; Georg Korn; Leonida A. Gizzi; Chris Edwards
  • Prague, Czech Republic | April 18, 2011

abstract

A conceptual design for a kJ-class diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) system based on cryogenic gas-cooled multislab ceramic Yb:YAG amplifier technology has been developed at the STFC as a building block towards a MJ-class source for inertial fusion energy (IFE) projects such as HiPER. In this paper, we present an overview of an amplifier design optimised for efficient generation of 1 kJ nanosecond pulses at 10 Hz repetition rate. In order to confirm the viability of this technology, a prototype version of this amplifier scaled to deliver 10 J at 10 Hz, DiPOLE, is under development at the Central Laser Facility. A progress update on the status of this system is also presented.

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Paul D. Mason ; Klaus Ertel ; Saumyabrata Banerjee ; P. Jonathan Phillips ; Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, et al.
"Optimised design for a 1 kJ diode-pumped solid-state laser system", Proc. SPIE 8080, Diode-Pumped High Energy and High Power Lasers; ELI: Ultrarelativistic Laser-Matter Interactions and Petawatt Photonics; and HiPER: the European Pathway to Laser Energy, 80801X (June 09, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.892317; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.892317


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