Diagnostic of laser contrast using target reflectivity

A.S. Pirozhkov, I.W. Choi, J.H. Sung, S.K. Lee, T.J. Yu, T.M. Jeong, I.J. Kim, N. Hafz, C.M. Kim, K.H. Pae, Y.C. Noh, D.K. Ko, J. Lee, A.P.L. Robinson, P. Foster, S. Hawkes, M. Streeter, C. Spindloe, P. McKenna, D.C. CarrollC.G. Wahlstrom, Matthew Zepf, D. Adams, Brendan Dromey, K. Markey, Satyabrata Kar, Y.T. Li, M.H. Xu, H. Nagatomo, M. Mori, A. Yogo, H. Kiriyama, K. Ogura, A. Sagisaka, S. Orimo, M. Nishiuchi, H. Sugiyama, T.Z. Esirkepov, H. Okada, S. Kondo, S. Kanazawa, Y. Nakai, A. Akutsu, T. Motomura, M. Tanoue, T. Shimomura, M. Ikegami, I. Daito, M. Kando, T. Kameshima, P. Bolton, S.V. Bulanov, H. Daido, D. Neely

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Using three different laser systems, we demonstrate a convenient and simple plasma based diagnostic of the contrast of high-power short-pulse lasers. The technique is based on measuring the specular reflectivity from a solid target. The reflectivity remains high even at relativistic intensities above 10(19) W/cm(2) in the case of a high-contrast prepulse-free laser. On the contrary, the specular reflectivity drops with increasing intensities in the case of systems with insufficient contrast due to beam breakup and increased absorption caused by preplasma.
Original languageEnglish
Article number241102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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