laser optics

Cuos researchers performing research on the applications of ultrashort laser pulsers (credit University of Michigan)

Optical Surfaces to make optics for 'ZettaWatt' laser system

UK-based Optical Surfaces has been selected by the Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) at the University of Michigan (USA) to provide beam expander optics for its zettawatt-equivalent ultrashort pulse laser system

The Central Laser Facility’s Vulcan laser amplifier and mirror bench, R1, at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 26 January 2015. Credit: Science and Technology Facilities Council

Ultrafast gets ultra-small

Katrina Wesencraft outlines engineering and optical challenges involved in shrinking ultrafast lasers, all the way down to tiny devices for sending into space

Thermal Laser Induced Damage in Optical Coatings Due To An Incident Pulse Train, an overview

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Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) of an optical component de nes the maximum intensity the component can resist before the onset of laser damage and as a result is a critical parameter for any modern laser system, with the LIDT de ning the maximum possible intensity. However laser damage is a multi-faceted and complex problem with multiple theoretical mechanisms depending on pulse duration, optical coating quality and the manufacturing process of the component.

This storage ring free-electron laser from Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory enabled sub-170 nanometer lasing with LZH optics (Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory)

New optics permit sub-170nm lasing

Up until now, oscillator free-electron lasers have only reached emission wavelengths down to 176.4nm

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