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On the temporal contrast of high intensity femtosecond laser pulses

  • K. OSVAY (a1) (a2), M. CSATÁRI (a1) (a3), I.N. ROSS (a3), A. PERSSON (a2) and C.-G. WAHLSTRÖM (a2)...
Abstract

The temporal contrast is classified into two main regimes, the nanosecond-scale and the picosecond-scale contrast prior to the main pulse. The Lund terawatt laser system is shown to be improved on the nano- and picosecond-scale by a factor of 10 and 50, respectively, when it was optimized for contrast but not for energy. Calculations are also presented to emphasize the role of angular dispersion on the picosecond contrast. Finally we show a compromise between the duration and contrast of femtosecond laser pulses amplified in an optical parametric (chirped pulse) amplifier.

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Karoly Osvay, Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, P.O. Box 406, Szeged 6701, Hungary. Email: osvay@physx.u-szeged.hu
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This paper was presented at the 28th ECLIM conference in Rome, Italy.
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