publication . Article . Other literature type . 2015

Chirped pulse Raman amplification in warm plasma: towards controlling saturation

Enrico Brunetti; S. M. Wiggins; Gaurav Raj; S. R. Yoffe; Min Sup Hur; Dino A. Jaroszynski; Riju C. Issac; J. Farmer; J. Farmer; Bernhard Ersfeld; ...
Open Access
  • Published: 20 Aug 2015 Journal: Scientific Reports, volume 5 (eissn: 2045-2322, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
Stimulated Raman backscattering in plasma is potentially an efficient method of amplifying laser pulses to reach exawatt powers because plasma is fully broken down and withstands extremely high electric fields. Plasma also has unique nonlinear optical properties that allow simultaneous compression of optical pulses to ultra-short durations. However, current measured efficiencies are limited to several percent. Here we investigate Raman amplification of short duration seed pulses with different chirp rates using a chirped pump pulse in a preformed plasma waveguide. We identify electron trapping and wavebreaking as the main saturation mechanisms, which lead to spe...
Subjects
arXiv: Physics::Optics
free text keywords: Multidisciplinary, Article, QC, Chirp, Optics, business.industry, business, Electric field, Raman amplification, Laser, law.invention, law, Doppler broadening, Plasma, Saturation (chemistry), Materials science, Plasma channel
Funded by
RCUK| CRITICAL MASS: Collective radiation-beam-plasma interactions at high intensities
Project
  • Funder: Research Council UK (RCUK)
  • Project Code: EP/J018171/1
  • Funding stream: EPSRC
,
EC| LASERLAB-EUROPE
Project
LASERLAB-EUROPE
The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures III
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 284464
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP4 | INFRA
,
EC| EUCARD-2
Project
EUCARD-2
Enhanced European Coordination for Accelerator Research & Development
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 312453
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP4 | INFRA
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Ping Y., Geltner I., Morozov A., Fisch N. J. & Suckewer S. Raman amplification of ultrashort laser pulses in microcapillary plasmas. Phys. Rev. E 66, 046401 (2002). [OpenAIRE]

Ping Y., Geltner I. & Suckewer S. Raman backscattering and amplification in a gas jet plasma. Phys. Rev. E 67, 016401 (2003). [OpenAIRE]

Ping Y., Cheng W., Suckewer S., Clark D. S. & Fisch N. J. Amplification of ultrashort laser pulses by a resonant Raman scheme in a gas-jet plasma. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 175007 (2004).15169164 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

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Ren J., Cheng W., Li S. & Suckewer S. A new method for generating ultraintense and ultrashort laser pulses. Nat. Phys. 3, 732 (2007).

Vieux G.. Chirped pulse Raman amplification in plasma. New J. Phys.13, 063042 (2011).

Turnbull D., Li S., Morozov A. & Suckewer S. Possible origins of a time-resolved frequency shift in Raman plasma amplifiers. Phys. Plasmas 19, 073103 (2012). [OpenAIRE]

Shvets G., Fisch N. J., Pukhov A. & Meyer-ter Vehn J. Superradiant amplification of an ultrashort laser pulse in a plasma by a counterpropagating pump. Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4879 (1998). [OpenAIRE]

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Abstract
Stimulated Raman backscattering in plasma is potentially an efficient method of amplifying laser pulses to reach exawatt powers because plasma is fully broken down and withstands extremely high electric fields. Plasma also has unique nonlinear optical properties that allow simultaneous compression of optical pulses to ultra-short durations. However, current measured efficiencies are limited to several percent. Here we investigate Raman amplification of short duration seed pulses with different chirp rates using a chirped pump pulse in a preformed plasma waveguide. We identify electron trapping and wavebreaking as the main saturation mechanisms, which lead to spe...
Subjects
arXiv: Physics::Optics
free text keywords: Multidisciplinary, Article, QC, Chirp, Optics, business.industry, business, Electric field, Raman amplification, Laser, law.invention, law, Doppler broadening, Plasma, Saturation (chemistry), Materials science, Plasma channel
Funded by
RCUK| CRITICAL MASS: Collective radiation-beam-plasma interactions at high intensities
Project
  • Funder: Research Council UK (RCUK)
  • Project Code: EP/J018171/1
  • Funding stream: EPSRC
,
EC| LASERLAB-EUROPE
Project
LASERLAB-EUROPE
The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures III
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 284464
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP4 | INFRA
,
EC| EUCARD-2
Project
EUCARD-2
Enhanced European Coordination for Accelerator Research & Development
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 312453
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP4 | INFRA
43 references, page 1 of 3

Zetta-Exawatt Science and Technology. Eur. Phys. J. ST.223, 979–1242 (2014).

WHITEBOOK ELI Extreme Light Infrastructure, Science and Technology with Ultra-Intense Lasers (CNRS, Paris, 2011).

Strickland D. & Mourou G. Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses. Opt. comm. 56, 219 (1985). [OpenAIRE]

Kruer W.The Physics of Laser Plasma Interaction (Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 1988).

Malkin V. M., Shvets G. & Fisch N. J. Fast compression of laser beams to highly overcritical powers. Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 4448 (1999). [OpenAIRE]

Ping Y., Geltner I., Fisch N. J., Shvets G. & Suckewer S. Demonstration of ult rashort laser pulse amplification in plasmas by a counterpropagating pumping beam. Phys. Rev. E 62, R4532 (2000). [OpenAIRE]

Ping Y., Geltner I., Morozov A., Fisch N. J. & Suckewer S. Raman amplification of ultrashort laser pulses in microcapillary plasmas. Phys. Rev. E 66, 046401 (2002). [OpenAIRE]

Ping Y., Geltner I. & Suckewer S. Raman backscattering and amplification in a gas jet plasma. Phys. Rev. E 67, 016401 (2003). [OpenAIRE]

Ping Y., Cheng W., Suckewer S., Clark D. S. & Fisch N. J. Amplification of ultrashort laser pulses by a resonant Raman scheme in a gas-jet plasma. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 175007 (2004).15169164 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

Balakin A. A.. Laser pulse amplification upon Raman backscattering in plasma produced in dielectric capillaries. JETP Lett.80, 12 (2004).

Cheng W.. Reaching the nonlinear regime of Raman amplification of ultrashort laser pulses. Phys. Rev. Lett.94, 045003 (2005).15783565 [PubMed]

Ren J., Cheng W., Li S. & Suckewer S. A new method for generating ultraintense and ultrashort laser pulses. Nat. Phys. 3, 732 (2007).

Vieux G.. Chirped pulse Raman amplification in plasma. New J. Phys.13, 063042 (2011).

Turnbull D., Li S., Morozov A. & Suckewer S. Possible origins of a time-resolved frequency shift in Raman plasma amplifiers. Phys. Plasmas 19, 073103 (2012). [OpenAIRE]

Shvets G., Fisch N. J., Pukhov A. & Meyer-ter Vehn J. Superradiant amplification of an ultrashort laser pulse in a plasma by a counterpropagating pump. Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4879 (1998). [OpenAIRE]

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