Laser Technology

Laser Technology

The most important activity in the ELI-Beamlines project is the development of new laser technologies. This includes, for example, developing new techniques for growing laser crystals, new solutions for the cryogenic cooling of high-power repetition rate laser amplifiers, new techniques for femtosecond synchronization of laser pulses, advanced repetition rate diagnostics of femtosecond pulses, advanced control systems, and developing innovative solutions for petawatt (PW) pulse compressors. Some of these activities are carried out in cooperation with industry.

Petawatt Lasers

ELI-Beamlines' laser team is developing and co-developing, in partnership with major laser technology suppliers of the project, a number of essential systems for Petawatt (PW) and 10-PW lasers.

DPSSL Technology

The Diode Pumped Solid State Laser (DPSSL) technology is actively developed by the ELI-Beamlines laser team in the context of L1 and L2 laser systems.

Nonlinear Laser Amplification

Optical parametric amplification (OPA) is one of the few techniques that allow for amplification of broadband laser pulses. Therefore, it is well suited for amplification of ultra-short laser pulses. At ELI Beamlines, this technique is used in the main broadband amplifers of the L1 and L2 laser systems.

Pulse Synchronization

The timing of laser beamlines and their synchronization with ELI systems play a key role in the operations at the ELI facility. The concept of this laser operation recognizes time-driven control in order to assure the correct operation of the laser beamlines themselves and to provide a facility for the synchronized operation of ELI experiments.

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Facility / Lasers

The ELI Beamlines facility will be a high-energy, high repetition rate laser pillar of the ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) project. The facility will provide pulses from four laser systems. To meet the requirements for high repetition rates, three of these lasers will employ the emerging technology of diode-pumped solid state lasers (DPSSL) for pumping broadband amplifiers. The fourth, the kilojoule laser, will use advanced flashlamp technology with actively cooled gain medium.