High intensity femtosecond enhancement cavities
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Franz X. Kärtner.
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To produce extreme ultraviolet radiation via high harmonic generation (HHG) in rare gases, light intensities in excess of 1014 W/cm 2 are required. Usually such high intensity are obtained by parametric amplification of laser pulses, which in turn reduces the pulse repetition rate to a few kHz. Given that the HHG process is inherently inefficient, with conversion ratios less than 10-5, only a small fraction of the pulse energy is lost in the nonlinear interactions, so it is possible to enhance the pulse intensity in a passive cavity retaining the original repetition rate. I present here a novel broadband resonator design which has the potential of supporting intracavity intensities in excess of 1015 W/cm 2 while allowing the harmonic radiation to couple out of the cavity with no loss. Extensive computer simulations are performed with a custom software package, and the required mirrors have been constructed using a standard microfabrication process.
Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2009.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 93-94).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.