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Chirped pulse Raman amplification in plasma: high gain measurements
Author(s): G. Vieux; X. Yang; A. Lyachev; B. Ersfeld; J. Farmer; E. Brunetti; M. Wiggins; R. Issac; G. Raj; D. A. Jaroszynski
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Paper Abstract

High power short pulse lasers are usually based on chirped pulse amplification (CPA), where a frequency chirped and temporarily stretched "seed" pulse is amplified by a broad-bandwidth solid state medium, which is usually pumped by a monochromatic "pump" laser. Here, we demonstrate the feasibility of using chirped pulse Raman amplification (CPRA) as a means of amplifying short pulses in plasma. In this scheme, a short seed pulse is amplified by a stretched and chirped pump pulse through Raman backscattering in a plasma channel. Unlike conventional CPA, each spectral component of the seed is amplified at different longitudinal positions determined by the resonance of the seed, pump and plasma wave, which excites a density echelon that acts as a "chirped" mirror and simultaneously backscatters and compresses the pump. Experimental evidence shows that it has potential as an ultra-broad bandwidth linear amplifier which dispenses with the need for large compressor gratings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7359, Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources from Terahertz to X-Rays and Beyond, 73590R (7 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820983
Show Author Affiliations
G. Vieux, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
X. Yang, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
A. Lyachev, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
B. Ersfeld, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
J. Farmer, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
E. Brunetti, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
M. Wiggins, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
R. Issac, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
G. Raj, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
D. A. Jaroszynski, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7359:
Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources from Terahertz to X-Rays and Beyond
Dino A. Jaroszynski; Antoine Rousse, Editor(s)

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