Abstract

The design and performance of a Nd:YAG–dye-laser system capable of producing synchronized peak powers approaching 10 GW is described. The output of the amplified dye-laser system is several millijoules with fully tunable pulses as short as 300 fsec and is optically synchronized with the 3-GW output of an amplified Nd:YAG laser system, permitting a new class of high-intensity pump–probe experiments. By using short (≈70-psec) pulses to pump the dye amplifier, the energy of amplified spontaneous emission is reduced to less than 10−5 of that contained in the main subpicosecond pulse.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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