TARANIS: A Pump Source for X-Ray Lasers

  • G Nersisyan
  • T Dzelzainis
  • CLS Lewis
  • D Riley
  • R Ferrari
  • M Zepf
  • M Borghesi
  • L Romagnani
  • D Doria
  • D. Marlow
  • B Dromey
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 130)

Abstract

A new laser system has recently been installed within the Centre for Plasma Physics (CCP) at the Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and is known as TARANIS (Terawatt Apparatus for Relativistic and Non-linear Interdisciplinary Science). It will support a wide-ranging science programme, including X-ray laser studies. The laser is a CPA Nd:Glass system capable of delivering 20J in ̃600 fs in each of two beams. Alternatively, either beam can generate ̃30J in 1 ns in uncompressed mode allowing the synchronous production of ps-ps, ps-ns or ns-ns pulse combinations for various X-ray laser pump scenarios. Although the system is limited to ̃10 min shot cycles it offers scope for the systematic study of XRL schemes not always feasible at national laser facilities. Here, we present a brief report detailing the laser's parameters and its capabilities in relation to X-ray lasers. Also outlined is our plan for experimental X-ray laser work in QUB and some results from preliminary shots taken in preparation for a full X-ray laser experiment.

Keywords

Autocorrelation Sapphire 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G Nersisyan
    • 1
  • T Dzelzainis
    • 1
  • CLS Lewis
    • 1
  • D Riley
    • 1
  • R Ferrari
    • 1
  • M Zepf
    • 1
  • M Borghesi
    • 1
  • L Romagnani
    • 1
  • D Doria
    • 1
  • D. Marlow
    • 1
  • B Dromey
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mathematics and PhysicsQueen's University BelfastBelfastUK

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