Timing issues in a terawatt laser system

Yılmaz, Remziye Pınar
In the laser market, there have been various kinds of lasers designed and utilized for different purposes. As time goes on, their powers have been gradually increased from kilowatts (kW) to terawatts (TW). One of the most famous methods in laser science technology is Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) which enables table-top terawatt laser systems. This method provides high output power (tens of TW), very short pulse duration (few tens of femtoseconds) and large energy (mJ) for ultrafast lasers. One of the most well-known ultrafast lasers is Titanium:Sapphire laser. This thesis work concentrates on how delay a pulse generator should work so that Verdi and the oscillator pulse coincide. Moreover, by assembling a terawatt laser system, the most important issues are timing between seed pulse and pump pulse and time delays of all components of this system; autocorrelator, pump source, photodiode, Pockels cell, stretcher and dazzler were examined. This timing and the time delays were separately identified for terawatt laser systems. In this study, the aim is to attain the terawatt level output by arranging pump and seed pulses timing and the time delay on the components of the laser system setup.


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Citation Formats
R. P. Yılmaz, “Timing issues in a terawatt laser system,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.