A Review of Optical Parametric Amplification at the Vulcan Laser Facility

Samuel Buck, Pedro Oliveira, Theodoros Angelides, Marco Galimberti

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Abstract

An overview of Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) is given as the basis for the next generation of ultra-intense laser systems (>1×1023 W/cm2). The benefits and drawbacks of OPCPA are discussed to explain the choice behind the decisions for the direction of the Central Laser Facility’s (CLF) upcoming Vulcan 20-20 project. A history of OPCPA use at the CLF is described to surmise the foundation of the confidence in this technology for Vulcan 20-20; a 20 PW user facility for high-intensity plasma physics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number495
JournalPhotonics
Volume11
Issue number6
Early online date23 May 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024

Keywords

  • DKDP
  • OPCPA
  • Vulcan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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