Abstract

A tabletop Nd:phosphate glass laser system capable of producing a focused intensity in excess of 1018 W/cm2 is described. Optimization of chirped-pulse amplification, including spectral shaping and careful attention to beam quality, produces a transform-limited, 800-fs compressed pulse with a peak power of >10 TW in a near-diffraction-limited spatially uniform beam.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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