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Optically pumped CO 2 lasers can operate with high efficiency, high repetition rate and large bandwidths, suitable for producing ultra-short pulses at terawatts to petawatts, in contrast to conventional discharge-pumped CO2 lasers, which are restricted by the requirements of discharge dynamics in high-pressure gas. We show how an optically pumped CO2 laser can be realised and we consider its application in laser-driven acceleration. There is potential to replace conventional transversely excited atmospheric CO2 lasers with diode-pumped solid-state lasers as a pump laser for a high-pressure CO2 gain medium, making it suitable for amplifying ultra-short pulses. We show that by driving a laser plasma wakefield accelerator with an ultra-short pulse CO 2 laser, a very high charge, high average current, high energy accelerator can be constructed. This could have a major impact on the application of these novel accelerators and radiation sources based on them.
|Title of host publication||XXII International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications|
|Editors||Paolo Di Lazzaro|
|Place of Publication||Bellingham, WA|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Jan 2019|
- CO2 lasers
- laser wakefield accelerators
- optically pumped lasers
- ultra-short pulse CO2 laser
- EUV photolithography
- diode pumped solid state lasers
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