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Versatile optical laser system for experiments at the European X-ray free-electron laser facility
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EuXFEL staff
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Optical Lasers
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Abstract:
We present the main features of the final prototype of a pulsed optical laser, developed for pump-probe and other experiments in conjunction with the femtosecond x-ray beams at the European X-ray free-electron laser facility. Adapted to the temporal x-ray emission pattern of the facility, the laser provides 10 Hz bursts of up to 600 µs duration with intra-burst pulse frequencies as high as 4.5 MHz. In this mode, we have generated pulses as short as 12 fs at 350 W average power during the burst and with beam qualities close to the diffraction limit. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest power to date of a few-cycle laser operating at a center wavelength of 800 nm. Important for experimental flexibility, the laser can be configured in various unique ways, enabling, e.g., energy scaling to >3 mJ per pulse through a frequency change down to 100 kHz and the generation of nearly transform limited pulses between 12 fs and 300 fs. In addition to the 800 nm femtosecond beam line, a synchronized long pulse (0.8 ps or 400 ps) 1030 nm beam can be utilized, offering up to 4 kW burst average power, i.e. up to 40 mJ per pulse at 100 kHz. Efficient nonlinear wavelength conversion and tuning through intrinsic and external means further enhance the capabilities of the laser.
Imprint:
2016
Journal Information:
Optics Express, 24 (26), 29349-29359 (2016)
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English


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