Sample records for short-x-ray pulse generation

  1. Generation of Short X-Ray Pulses Using Crab Cavities at the Advanced Photon Source

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    Harkay, Katherine C; Chae, Yong-Chul; Decker, Glenn; Dejus, Roger J; Emery, Louis; Guo, Weiming; Horan, Douglas; Kim, Kwang-Je; Kustom, Robert; Mills, Dennis M; Milton, Stephen; Pile, Geoffery; Sajaev, Vadim; Shastri, Sarvjit D; Waldschmidt, Geoff J; White, Marion; Yang Bing Xin; Zholents, Alexander


    There is growing interest within the user community to utilize the pulsed nature of synchrotron radiation from storage ring sources. Conventional third-generation light sources can provide pulses on the order of 100 ps but typically cannot provide pulses of about 1 ps that some users now require to advance their research programs. However, it was recently proposed by A. Zholents et al. to use rf orbit deflection to generate subpicosecond X-ray pulses.* In this scheme, two crab cavities are used to deliver a longitudinally dependent vertical kick to the beam, thus exciting longitudinally correlated vertical motion of the electrons. This makes it possible to spatially separate the radiation coming from different longitudinal parts of the beam. An optical slit can then be used to slice out a short part of the radiation pulse, or an asymetrically cut crystal can be used to compress the radiation in time. In this paper, we present a feasibility study of this method applied to the Advanced Photon Source. We find th...

  2. Planned Use of Pulsed Crab Cavities for Short X-Ray Pulse Generation at the Advanced Photon Source

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    Borland, Michael; Carwardine, J.; Chae, Y.; Emery, L.; Den Hartog, Patric; Harkay, K.C.; Lumpkin, A.H.; Nassiri, A.; Sajaev, V.; Sereno, Nicholas S.; Waldschmidt, G.; Yang, B.X.; /Argonne; Dolgashev, V.; /SLAC


    Recently, we have explored application to the Advanced Photon Source (APS) of Zholents'[1] crab cavity scheme for production of short x-ray pulses. We assumed use of superconducting (SC) cavities in order to have a continuous stream of crabbed bunches and flexibility of operating modes. The challenges of the SC approach are related to the size, cost, and development time of the cavities and associated systems. A good case can be made [2] for a pulsed system using room-temperature cavities. APS has elected to pursue such a system in the near term, with the SC-based system planned for a later date. This paper describes the motivation for the pulsed system and gives an overview of the planned implementation and issues. Among these are overall configuration options and constraints, cavity design options, frequency choice, cavity design challenges, tolerances, instabilities, and diagnostics plans.

  3. Thermo mechanical design of normal-conducting deflecting cavities at the Advanced Photon Source for short x-ray pulse generation.

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    Brajuskovic, B.; Collins, J.; Den Hartog, P.; Morrison, L.; Waldschmidt, G.


    A normal-conducting deflecting cavity is being designed at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) as a part of the short x-ray pulse project intended to provide users with approximately 2 picosecond x-rays. The system will use two pairs of 3-cell cavities in sectors 6ID and 7ID for the generation of the x-ray pulse in the 7ID beamline. The 3-cell cavities are designed to provide the desired beam deflection while absorbing in excess of 4 kW of power from a pulsed rf system and up to 2.6 kW in the damper system of high-order mode (HOM) and low-order mode (LOM) waveguides. Since the cavity frequency is very sensitive to thermal expansion, the cooling water system is designed so that it is able to control cavity temperature to within 0.1 C. This paper describes the optimization of the thermomechanical design of the cavity based on calculation of thermal stresses and displacement caused by the generated heat loads, and presents the design of a cooling water system required for the proper operation of the cavities.

  4. Generation of High-Power High-Intensity Short X-Ray Free-Electron-Laser Pulses. (United States)

    Guetg, Marc W; Lutman, Alberto A; Ding, Yuantao; Maxwell, Timothy J; Decker, Franz-Josef; Bergmann, Uwe; Huang, Zhirong


    X-ray free-electron lasers combine a high pulse power, short pulse length, narrow bandwidth, and high degree of transverse coherence. Any increase in the photon pulse power, while shortening the pulse length, will further push the frontier on several key x-ray free-electron laser applications including single-molecule imaging and novel nonlinear x-ray methods. This Letter shows experimental results at the Linac Coherent Light Source raising its maximum power to more than 300% of the current limit while reducing the photon pulse length to 10 fs. This was achieved by minimizing residual transverse-longitudinal centroid beam offsets and beam yaw and by correcting the dispersion when operating over 6 kA peak current with a longitudinally shaped beam.

  5. Modeling saturable absorption for ultra short X-ray pulses

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    Hatada, Keisuke, E-mail: [CNISM, Sezione di Fisica, Scuola di Scienze e Tecnologie, Universit‘a di Camerino, via Madonna delle Carceri 9, I-62032 Camerino (Italy); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Di Cicco, Andrea [CNISM, Sezione di Fisica, Scuola di Scienze e Tecnologie, Universit‘a di Camerino, via Madonna delle Carceri 9, I-62032 Camerino (Italy)


    Saturable absorption was recently observed in transmission measurements above the L{sub II,III} edge of pure Al thin films using ultra short X-ray pulses at a free-electron-laser (FEL) facility. The high fluence reachable by FEL pulses, the shortness of the pulse duration, and the typical lifetime of the excited state are all important factors enabling observation of the phenomenon. We devised a simplified theoretical approach describing the saturation phenomenon using a three-channel model containing ground, excited and relaxed states. This phenomenological model explicitly includes the interaction between the solid and photon field in a semi-classical way, and the resulting non-linear coupled equation is solved numerically. We successfully applied this model to recent experimental results obtained using FEL radiation.

  6. Diffraction of short X-ray pulses in the general asymmetric Laue case - an analytic treatment. (United States)

    Malgrange, C; Graeff, W


    After briefly describing the concept of short X-ray pulses (delta-function), the diffraction of such a short pulse by a crystal in the asymmetric Laue case is given. The results of the dynamical theory are adopted and an analytic result for the intensity distribution behind the crystal in the diffracted direction as well as in the forward direction is given and discussed in detail. The incoming delta pulse is no longer infinitely short but shows a pronounced structure over a limited temporal or spatial region which is connected to the well known Pendellösung effect. Also the limitations of these findings are critically inspected.

  7. Interaction of short x-ray pulses with low-Z x-ray optics materials at the LCLS free-electron laser

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    Hau-Riege, S. P.; London, R. A.; Graf, A.; Baker, S. L.; Soufli, R.; Sobierajski, R.; Burian, T.; Chalupsky, J.; Juha, L.; Gaudin, J.; Krzywinski, J.; Moeller, S.; Messerschmidt, M.; Bozek, J.; Bostedt, C.


    Materials used for hard x-ray-free-electron laser (XFEL) optics must withstand high-intensity x-ray pulses. The advent of the Linac Coherent Light Source has enabled us to expose candidate optical materials, such as bulk B4C and SiC films, to 0.83 keV XFEL pulses with pulse energies between 1 mu J

  8. Interaction of short x-ray pulses with low-Z x-ray optics materials at the LCLS free-electron laser. (United States)

    Hau-Riege, S P; London, R A; Graf, A; Baker, S L; Soufli, R; Sobierajski, R; Burian, T; Chalupsky, J; Juha, L; Gaudin, J; Krzywinski, J; Moeller, S; Messerschmidt, M; Bozek, J; Bostedt, C


    Materials used for hard x-ray-free-electron laser (XFEL) optics must withstand high-intensity x-ray pulses. The advent of the Linac Coherent Light Source has enabled us to expose candidate optical materials, such as bulk B4C and SiC films, to 0.83 keV XFEL pulses with pulse energies between 1 μJ and 2 mJ to determine short-pulse hard x-ray damage thresholds. The fluence required for the onset of damage for single pulses is around the melt fluence and slightly lower for multiple pulses. We observed strong mechanical cracking in the materials, which may be due to the larger penetration depths of the hard x-rays.

  9. Fragmentation Dynamics of Endohedral Fullerene Ho3N@C80 Ionized with Intense and Short X-Ray FEL Pulses (United States)

    Murphy, Brendan; Xiong, Hui; Fang, Li; Osipov, Timur; Kukk, Edwin; Petrovic, Vladmir; Li, Heng; Sistrunk, Emily; Squibb, Richard; Feifel, Raimund; Ferguson, Kenneth; Krzywinski, Jacek; Sebastian, Sebastian; Guehr, Markus; Bostedt, Christoph; Bucksbaum, Philip; Berrah, Nora


    The photoionization and fragmentation dynamics of gas phase endohedral fullerenes Ho3N@C80 with intense femtosecond X-ray pulses from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) free electron laser (FEL) have been investigated. The central photon energy of the x-ray pulses was set at 1530 eV, targeting the absorption of the 3d electron on Ho. Multiphoton ionization led to the highest charge state observed on the parent molecule to be Ho3N@C805+ , suggesting a stable structure even with 5 charges on the parent molecule. We will present the different atomic and molecular fragments dynamics observed. This work is funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences under grant N. DE-FG02-92ER14299.A002 and in part by National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1404109.

  10. X-Ray Optics Research for the Linac Coherent Light Source: Interaction of Ultra-Short X-Ray Laser Pulses with Optical Materials

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    Kuba, J; Wootton, A; Bionta, R M; Shepherd, R; Dunn, J; Smith, R F; London, R A; Shlyaptsev, V N; Bajt, S; Feit, M D; Levesque, R; Conant, R H; Fill, E E; Ditmire, T


    Free electron lasers operating in the 0.1 to 1.5 nm wavelength have been proposed for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and DESY (Germany). The unprecedented brightness and associated fluence predicted for pulses <300 fs pose new challenges for optical components. A criterion for optical component design is required, implying an understanding of x-ray-matter interactions at these extreme conditions. In our experimental effort, the extreme conditions are simulated by currently available sources ranging from optical lasers, through x-ray lasers (at 14.7 nm) down to K-alpha sources ({approx}0.15 nm). In this paper we present an overview of our research program, including (a) Results from the experimental campaign at a short pulse (100 fs-5 ps) power laser at 800 nm, (b) K-a experiments, and (c) Computer modeling and experimental project using a tabletop high brightness ps x-ray laser at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

  11. Ultra-short X-ray sources generated through laser-matter interaction and their applications; Sources de rayonnement X ultrabref generees par interaction laser-matiere et leurs applications

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    Rousse, A


    This work is dedicated to the sources of ultra-short X-rays. The K{sub {alpha}} source, the non-linear Thomson source, the betatron source and the X-{gamma} source are presented. We show that a pump-probe experiment where the pump is a laser excitation and the probe is the X-K{sub {alpha}} ultra-short radiation, can be used to study the dynamics of material structure with a time resolution of 100 femtosecond. We describe 2 applications that have been achieved in the field of solid physics by using the diffraction technique with a time resolution in the range of the femtosecond. The first application has permitted the observation and characterization of the ultra-quick solid-phase transition that occurs on the surface of a semiconductor crystal. The second experiment deals with the role of optical phonons in the antecedent processes that lead to such ultra-quick solid-phase transitions. (A.C.)

  12. Inductive Pulse Generation


    Lindblom, Adam


    Pulsed power generators are a key component in compact systems for generation of high-power microwaves (HPM). HPM generation by virtual cathode devices such as Vircators put high demands on the source. The rise time and the pulse length of the source voltage are two key issues in the generation of HPM radiation. This thesis describes the construction and tests of several inductive high power pulse generators. The pulse generators were designed with the intent to deliver a pulse with fast rise...

  13. High performance pulse generator (United States)

    Grothaus, Michael G.; Moran, Stuart L.; Hardesty, Leonard W.


    The device is a compact Marx-type generator capable of producing a high-voltage burst of pulses having risetimes less than 10 nanoseconds at repetition rates up to 10 kHz. High-pressure hydrogen switches are used as the switching elements to achieve high rep-rate. A small coaxial design provides low inductance and a fast risetime. The device may be used as a high-rep-rate high-voltage trigger generator, or as a high-voltage pulse source capable of producing up to 1 MV pulses at high repetition rates.

  14. Optogenetic light pulses generator (United States)

    Erofeev, A. I.; Matveev, M. V.; Zakharova, O. A.; Terekhin, S. G.; Kilimnik, V. A.; Bezprozvanny, I. B.; Vlasova, O. L.


    To date, optogenetics is one of the most popular methods in the world in neuroscience. There are new equipment and devices created to keep the progress of this method. This article describes a light pulse generator developed at the Laboratory of Molecular Neurodegeneration, designed for optogenetic experiments.

  15. Pulsed Corona Discharge Generated By Marx Generator (United States)

    Sretenovic, G. B.; Obradovic, B. M.; Kovacevic, V. V.; Kuraica, M. M.; Puric J.


    The pulsed plasma has a significant role in new environmental protection technologies. As a part of a pulsed corona system for pollution control applications, Marx type repetitive pulse generator was constructed and tested in arrangement with wire-plate corona reactor. We performed electrical measurements, and obtained voltage and current signals, and also power and energy delivered per pulse. Ozone formation by streamer plasma in air was chosen to monitor chemical activity of the pulsed corona discharge.

  16. Assembly delay line pulse generators

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    Assembly of six of the ten delay line pulse generators that will power the ten kicker magnet modules. One modulator part contains two pulse generators. Capacitors, inductances, and voltage dividers are in the oil tank on the left. Triggered high-pressure spark gap switches are on the platforms on the right. High voltage pulse cables to the kicker magnet emerge under the spark gaps. In the centre background are the assembled master gaps.

  17. Coiled transmission line pulse generators (United States)

    McDonald, Kenneth Fox


    Methods and apparatus are provided for fabricating and constructing solid dielectric "Coiled Transmission Line" pulse generators in radial or axial coiled geometries. The pour and cure fabrication process enables a wide variety of geometries and form factors. The volume between the conductors is filled with liquid blends of monomers, polymers, oligomers, and/or cross-linkers and dielectric powders; and then cured to form high field strength and high dielectric constant solid dielectric transmission lines that intrinsically produce ideal rectangular high voltage pulses when charged and switched into matched impedance loads. Voltage levels may be increased by Marx and/or Blumlein principles incorporating spark gap or, preferentially, solid state switches (such as optically triggered thyristors) which produce reliable, high repetition rate operation. Moreover, these Marxed pulse generators can be DC charged and do not require additional pulse forming circuitry, pulse forming lines, transformers, or an a high voltage spark gap output switch. The apparatus accommodates a wide range of voltages, impedances, pulse durations, pulse repetition rates, and duty cycles. The resulting mobile or flight platform friendly cylindrical geometric configuration is much more compact, light-weight, and robust than conventional linear geometries, or pulse generators constructed from conventional components. Installing additional circuitry may accommodate optional pulse shape improvements. The Coiled Transmission Lines can also be connected in parallel to decrease the impedance, or in series to increase the pulse length.

  18. Pulsed water jet generated by pulse multiplication

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    Dvorský, R.; Sitek, Libor; Sochor, T.


    Roč. 23, č. 4 (2016), s. 959-967 ISSN 1330-3651 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LO1406; GA MŠk ED2.1.00/03.0082 Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : high-pressure pulses * pulse intensifier * pulsed water jet * water hammer effect Subject RIV: JQ - Machines ; Tools Impact factor: 0.723, year: 2016

  19. High reliability low jitter pulse generator (United States)

    Savage, Mark E.; Stoltzfus, Brian S.


    A method and concomitant apparatus for generating pulses comprising providing a laser light source, disposing a voltage electrode between ground electrodes, generating laser sparks using the laser light source via laser spark gaps between the voltage electrode and the ground electrodes, and outputting pulses via one or more insulated ground connectors connected to the voltage electrode.

  20. Next generation Chirped Pulse Amplification

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    Nees, J.; Biswal, S.; Mourou, G. [Univ. Michigan, Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Nishimura, Akihiko; Takuma, Hiroshi


    The limiting factors of Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) are discussed and experimental results of CPA in Yb:glass regenerative amplifier are given. Scaling of Yb:glass to the petawatt level is briefly discussed. (author)

  1. Digital gate pulse generator for cycloconverter control (United States)

    Klein, Frederick F.; Mutone, Gioacchino A.


    The present invention provides a digital gate pulse generator which controls the output of a cycloconverter used for electrical power conversion applications by determining the timing and delivery of the firing pulses to the switching devices in the cycloconverter. Previous gate pulse generators have been built with largely analog or discrete digital circuitry which require many precision components and periodic adjustment. The gate pulse generator of the present invention utilizes digital techniques and a predetermined series of values to develop the necessary timing signals for firing the switching device. Each timing signal is compared with a reference signal to determine the exact firing time. The present invention is significantly more compact than previous gate pulse generators, responds quickly to changes in the output demand and requires only one precision component and no adjustments.

  2. High Voltage Nanosecond Pulse Generator. (United States)


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  3. Macroscopic effects in attosecond pulse generation

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    Ruchon, T; Varju, K; Mansten, E; Swoboda, M; L' Huillier, A [Department of Physics, Lund University, PO Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Hauri, C P; Lopez-Martens, R [Laboratoire d' Optique Appliquee, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Techniques Avancees (ENSTA)-Ecole Polytechnique CNRS UMR 7639, 91761 Palaiseau (France)], E-mail:


    We examine how the generation and propagation of high-order harmonics in a partly ionized gas medium affect their strength and synchronization. The temporal properties of the resulting attosecond pulses generated in long gas targets can be significantly influenced by macroscopic effects, in particular by the intensity in the medium and the degree of ionization which control the dispersion. Under some conditions, the use of gas targets longer than the absorption length can lead to the generation of compressed attosecond pulses. We show these macroscopic effects experimentally, using a 6 mm-long argon-filled gas cell as the generating medium.

  4. One laser pulse generates two photoacoustic signals

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    Gao, Fei; Zheng, Yuanjin


    Photoacoustic sensing and imaging techniques have been studied widely to explore optical absorption contrast based on nanosecond laser illumination. In this paper, we report a long laser pulse induced dual photoacoustic (LDPA) nonlinear effect, which originates from unsatisfied stress and thermal confinements. Being different from conventional short laser pulse illumination, the proposed method utilizes a long square-profile laser pulse to induce dual photoacoustic signals. Without satisfying the stress confinement, the dual photoacoustic signals are generated following the positive and negative edges of the long laser pulse. More interestingly, the first expansion-induced photoacoustic signal exhibits positive waveform due to the initial sharp rising of temperature. On the contrary, the second contraction-induced photoacoustic signal exhibits exactly negative waveform due to the falling of temperature, as well as pulse-width-dependent, signal amplitude which is caused by the concurrent heat accumulation and ...

  5. Ultrafast pulse generation with black phosphorus

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    Li, Diao; Karvonen, Lasse; Ye, Guojun; Lipsanen, Harri; Chen, Xianhui; Sun, Zhipei


    Black phosphorus has been recently rediscovered as a new and interesting two-dimensional material due to its unique electronic and optical properties. Here, we study the linear and nonlinear optical properties of black phosphorus thin films, indicating that both linear and nonlinear optical properties are anisotropic and can be tuned by the film thickness. Then we employ the nonlinear optical property of black phosphorus for ultrafast (pulse duration down to ~786 fs in mode-locking) and large-energy (pulse energy up to >18 nJ in Q-switching) pulse generation in fiber lasers at the near-infrared telecommunication band ~1.5 {\\mu}m. Our results underscore relatively large optical nonlinearity in black phosphorus and its prospective for ultrafast pulse generation, paving the way to black phosphorus based nonlinear and ultrafast photonics applications (e.g., ultrafast all-optical switches/modulators, frequency converters etc.).

  6. Nanoplasmonic generation of ultrashort EUV pulses (United States)

    Choi, Joonhee; Lee, Dong-Hyub; Han, Seunghwoi; Park, In-Yong; Kim, Seungchul; Kim, Seung-Woo


    Ultrashort extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) light pulses are an important tool for time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy to investigate the ultrafast dynamics of electrons in atoms and molecules. Among several methods available to generate ultrashort EUV light pulses, the nonlinear frequency upconversion process of high-harmonic generation (HHG) draws attention as it is capable of producing coherent EUV pulses with precise control of burst timing with respect to the driving near-infrared (NIR) femtosecond laser. In this report, we present and discuss our recent experimental data obtained by the plasmon-driven HHG method that generate EUV radiation by means of plasmonic nano-focusing of NIR femtosecond pulses. For experiment, metallic waveguides having a tapered hole of funnel shape inside were fabricated by adopting the focused-ion-beam process on a micro-cantilever substrate. The plasmonic field formed within the funnelwaveguides being coupled with the incident femtosecond pulse permitted intensity enhancement by a factor of ~350, which creates a hot spot of sub-wavelength size with intensities strong enough for HHG. Experimental results showed that with injection of noble gases into the funnel-waveguides, EUV radiation is generated up to wavelengths of 32 nm and 29.6 nm from Ar and Ne gas atoms, respectively. Further, it was observed that lower-order EUV harmonics are cut off in the HHG spectra by the tiny exit aperture of the funnel-waveguide.

  7. Highly Efficient Vector-Inversion Pulse Generators (United States)

    Rose, Franklin


    Improved transmission-line pulse generators of the vector-inversion type are being developed as lightweight sources of pulsed high voltage for diverse applications, including spacecraft thrusters, portable x-ray imaging systems, impulse radar systems, and corona-discharge systems for sterilizing gases. In this development, more than the customary attention is paid to principles of operation and details of construction so as to the maximize the efficiency of the pulse-generation process while minimizing the sizes of components. An important element of this approach is segmenting a pulse generator in such a manner that the electric field in each segment is always below the threshold for electrical breakdown. One design of particular interest, a complete description of which was not available at the time of writing this article, involves two parallel-plate transmission lines that are wound on a mandrel, share a common conductor, and are switched in such a manner that the pulse generator is divided into a "fast" and a "slow" section. A major innovation in this design is the addition of ferrite to the "slow" section to reduce the size of the mandrel needed for a given efficiency.

  8. The GnRH Pulse Generator

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    Pasha Grachev


    Full Text Available The pulsatile secretion of hormones is an efficient way of coding a large variety of chemical messages. The GnRH pulse pattern determines which gonadotropin is released when and at what concentration, prescribing a detailed set of instructions to the gonads that produce changes in the steroid hormone milieu. Although GnRH neurons possess some inherent rhythmicity, they are diffusely situated within the hypothalamus and in isolation are only capable of generating physiologically irrelevant messages, hence a synchronization module exists upstream. The identity of the neural unit comprising the GnRH pulse generator is now generally thought to include KNDy neurons in the arcuate nucleus. These neurons coexpress the neuropeptides kisspeptin, neurokinin B and dynorphin A, as well as other transmitters, and are in intimate contact with the GnRH network. The GnRH pulse generator’s function is the precise control of GnRH neuron excitability, coordinated activation, stimulation of neurosecretory events, modulation of gene transcription and the mediation of the negative feedback effect of gonadal steroids. Additionally, the GnRH pulse generator is an ideal venue for the integration of various sensory and homeostatic cues that regulate reproductive functions. In this chapter we provide a historical perspective of the elegant science that sparked interest in the central mechanisms underlying the functions of the reproductive system, explain how hypotheses surrounding GnRH pulse generation have evolved and describe the current state of knowledge within the dynamic field of GnRH pulse generator research.

  9. Thyristor stack for pulsed inductive plasma generation. (United States)

    Teske, C; Jacoby, J; Schweizer, W; Wiechula, J


    A thyristor stack for pulsed inductive plasma generation has been developed and tested. The stack design includes a free wheeling diode assembly for current reversal. Triggering of the device is achieved by a high side biased, self supplied gate driver unit using gating energy derived from a local snubber network. The structure guarantees a hard firing gate pulse for the required high dI/dt application. A single fiber optic command is needed to achieve a simultaneous turn on of the thyristors. The stack assembly is used for switching a series resonant circuit with a ringing frequency of 30 kHz. In the prototype pulsed power system described here an inductive discharge has been generated with a pulse duration of 120 micros and a pulse energy of 50 J. A maximum power transfer efficiency of 84% and a peak power of 480 kW inside the discharge were achieved. System tests were performed with a purely inductive load and an inductively generated plasma acting as a load through transformer action at a voltage level of 4.1 kV, a peak current of 5 kA, and a current switching rate of 1 kA/micros.

  10. Design Study for Pulsed Proton Beam Generation

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    Han-Sung Kim


    Full Text Available Fast neutrons with a broad energy spectrum, with which it is possible to evaluate nuclear data for various research fields such as medical applications and the development of fusion reactors, can be generated by irradiating proton beams on target materials such as beryllium. To generate short-pulse proton beam, we adopted a deflector and slit system. In a simple deflector with slit system, most of the proton beam is blocked by the slit, especially when the beam pulse width is short. Therefore, the available beam current is very low, which results in low neutron flux. In this study, we proposed beam modulation using a buncher cavity to increase the available beam current. The ideal field pattern for the buncher cavity is sawtooth. To make the field pattern similar to a sawtooth waveform, a multiharmonic buncher was adopted. The design process for the multiharmonic buncher includes a beam dynamics calculation and three-dimensional electromagnetic simulation. In addition to the system design for pulsed proton generation, a test bench with a microwave ion source is under preparation to test the performance of the system. The design study results concerning the pulsed proton beam generation and the test bench preparation with some preliminary test results are presented in this paper.

  11. Generation of picosecond pulsed coherent state superpositions

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    Dong, Ruifang; Tipsmark, Anders; Laghaout, Amine


    We present the generation of approximated coherent state superpositions-referred to as Schrodinger cat states-by the process of subtracting single photons from picosecond pulsed squeezed states of light. The squeezed vacuum states are produced by spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) in a...

  12. Pulse tube coolers for Meteosat third generation (United States)

    Butterworth, James; Aigouy, Gérald; Chassaing, Clement; Debray, Benoît; Huguet, Alexandre


    Air Liquide's Large Pulse Tube Coolers (LPTC) will be used to cool the focal planes of the Infrared Sounder (IRS) and Flexible Combined Imager (FCI) instruments aboard the ESA/Eumetsat satellites Meteosat Third Generation (MTG). This cooler consists of an opposed piston linear compressor driving a pulse tube cold head and the associated drive electronics including temperature regulation and vibration cancellation algorithms. Preparations for flight qualification of the cooler are now underway. In this paper we present results of the optimization and qualification activities as well as an update on endurance testing.

  13. Device for generation of pulsed corona discharge (United States)

    Gutsol, Alexander F [San Ramon, CA; Fridman, Alexander [Marlton, NJ; Blank, Kenneth [Philadelphia, PA; Korobtsev, Sergey [Moscow, RU; Shiryaevsky, Valery [Moscow, RU; Medvedev, Dmitry [Moscow, RU


    The invention is a method and system for the generation of high voltage, pulsed, periodic corona discharges capable of being used in the presence of conductive liquid droplets. The method and system can be used, for example, in different devices for cleaning of gaseous or liquid media using pulsed corona discharge. Specially designed electrodes and an inductor increase the efficiency of the system, permit the plasma chemical oxidation of detrimental impurities, and increase the range of stable discharge operations in the presence of droplets of water or other conductive liquids in the discharge chamber.

  14. A pulse generator for xenon lamps

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    Janata, E


    A pulse generator is described, which enhances the analyzing light emitted from a xenon lamp as used in kinetic photospectrometry experiments. The lamp current is increased to 600 A for a duration of 3 ms; the current is constant within +-0.2% during a time interval of 2 ms. Because of instabilities of the lamp arc during pulsing, the use of the enhanced light source is limited to measuring times up to 500 mu s. The enhancement in light intensity depends on the wavelength and amounts to more than 400-fold in the UV-region.

  15. Generation of synchronized signal and pump pulses for an optical ...

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    Abstract. Synchronized signal (650 ps) and pump (1.3 ns) pulses were generated using. 4-pass geometry in a grating pair based pulse stretcher unit. The pump pulse has been further amplified in a high gain regenerative amplifier. This amplified pulse was used as the pump in an optical parametric chirped pulse ...

  16. 35 Volt, 180 Ampere Pulse Generator with Droop Control for Pulsing Xenon Arcs

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    Hviid, T.; Nielsen, S. O.


    The pulse generator described works as a combined switch and series current regulator and allows the shape of the current pulse to be adjusted at each optical wavelength to produce a flat pulse of monochromatic light.......The pulse generator described works as a combined switch and series current regulator and allows the shape of the current pulse to be adjusted at each optical wavelength to produce a flat pulse of monochromatic light....

  17. Generation And Measurement Of High Contrast Ultrashort Intense Laser Pulses

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    Konoplev, O A


    In this thesis, the generation and measurement of high contrast, intense, ultrashort pulses have been studied. Various factors affecting the contrast and pulse shape of ultrashort light pulses from a chirped pulse amplification (CPA) laser system are identified. The level of contrast resulting from influence of these factors is estimated. Methods for improving and controlling the pulse shape and increasing the contrast are discussed. Ultrahigh contrast, 1-ps pulses were generated from a CPA system with no temporal structure up to eleven orders of magnitude. This is eight orders of magnitude higher contrast than the original pulse. This contrast boost was achieved using two techniques. One is the optical pulse cleaning based on the nonlinear birefringence of the chirping fiber and applied to the pulses before amplification. The other is the fast saturable absorber. The fast saturable absorber was placed after amplification and compression of the pulse. The measurements of high-contrast, ultrashort pulse with h...

  18. Experimental Testing of a Van De Graaff Generator as an Electromagnetic Pulse Generator (United States)



  19. Sub-10 fs deep-ultraviolet pulses generated by chirped-pulse four-wave mixing. (United States)

    Kida, Yuichiro; Liu, Jun; Teramoto, Takahiro; Kobayashi, Takayoshi


    We propose and demonstrate experimentally a novel way of generating sub-10fs deep-UV pulses. The technique is based on chirped-pulse four-wave mixing induced by a broadband near-IR (NIR) pulse and a near-UV pulse. The broadband IR pulse is prepared by preliminarily broadening the spectral width of an NIR pulse by self-phase modulation. The positively chirped broadband IR pulse is suitable for generating a negatively chirped deep-UV pulse, which can be compressed by normal group-velocity dispersion in a transparent medium. Self-compression of the generated deep-UV pulse in air has been demonstrated to produce sub-10fs deep-UV pulses with excellent temporal and spectral profiles for ultrafast spectroscopy in the deep UV.

  20. Generation of intense subcycle optical pulses in a gas. (United States)

    Kida, Yuichiro; Imasaka, Totaro


    The generation of intense subcycle laser pulses during the propagation of two-color femtosecond pulses in a gas medium is investigated theoretically and experimentally. Four-wave mixing induced by the laser pulses in a gas medium generates multi-octave laser radiation from the ultraviolet to the infrared, which forms stable subcycle laser pulses after a certain propagation distance in a gas medium with group-velocity dispersion. The intense subcycle laser pulses would allow the coherent control of the waveforms of soft-x-rays generated via high-harmonic generation.

  1. Short-pulse properties of optical frequency comb generators. (United States)

    Kovacich, R P; Sterr, U; Telle, H R


    An optical frequency comb generator, based on a simple electro-optic modulator in an optical resonator, can produce high-repetition-rate picosecond pulses. Unlike conventional picosecond lasers, the properties of these pulses are greatly affected by detuning the optical cavity and by dispersion caused by the electro-optic crystal. Picosecond pulses were studied in a physical device by numerical simulation and intensity autocorrelation measurements. The pulse width and pulse-to-pulse spacing were greatly affected by detuning the input laser frequency and the resonance of the optical resonator, and the numerical simulations showed that dispersion causes temporal ripples that are antisymmetric between pulse pairs.

  2. Superconducting Multi-Cell Deflecting Cavity for Short-Pulse X-Ray Generation at the Advanced Photon Source

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    G.J. Waldschmidt, L.H. Morrison, R. Nassiri, R.A. Rimmer, K. Tian, H. Wang


    A superconducting multi-cell cavity for the production of short x-ray pulses at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) has been explored as an alternative to a single-cell cavity design in order to improve the packing factor and potentially reduce the number of high-power RF systems and low-level RF controls required. The cavity will operate at 2815 MHz in the APS storage ring and will require heavy damping of parasitic modes to maintain stable beam operation. Novel on-cell dampers, attached directly to the cavity body, have been utilized by taking advantage of the magnetic field null on the equatorial plane in order to enhance damping. Design issues and simulation results will be discussed.

  3. Linear transformer driver for pulse generation (United States)

    Kim, Alexander A; Mazarakis, Michael G; Sinebryukhov, Vadim A; Volkov, Sergey N; Kondratiev, Sergey S; Alexeenko, Vitaly M; Bayol, Frederic; Demol, Gauthier; Stygar, William A


    A linear transformer driver includes at least one ferrite ring positioned to accept a load. The linear transformer driver also includes a first power delivery module that includes a first charge storage devices and a first switch. The first power delivery module sends a first energy in the form of a first pulse to the load. The linear transformer driver also includes a second power delivery module including a second charge storage device and a second switch. The second power delivery module sends a second energy in the form of a second pulse to the load. The second pulse has a frequency that is approximately three times the frequency of the first pulse. The at least one ferrite ring is positioned to force the first pulse and the second pulse to the load by temporarily isolating the first pulse and the second pulse from an electrical ground.

  4. Pulse generation and compression using an asymmetrical porous ...

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    We propose an asymmetrical Mach–Zehnder interferometer (MZI) for efficient pulse generation and compression using porous silicon (PS) waveguide, fibre delay line and couplers. We show a pulse compression of about 0.4 ns at the output port with third-order super-Gaussian input pulse in ∼2 ns time duration and ∼40.3 ...

  5. MEDEA II two-pulse generator development

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    Bieniosek, F.M.; Honig, J.; Theby, E.A. (McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories, P. O. Box 516, St. Louis, Missouri 63166 (USA))


    This article discusses improvements in the efficiency, output power, and operational flexibility of MEDEA II, a double-pulse electron beam accelerator at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories. A modified charging circuit, based on the triple-resonance pulse transformer concept, was implemented on both of MEDEA II's two stages. The output switches were modified to increase maximum output voltages, and a new, second output switch with asymmetric breakdown characteristics was developed. To avoid degradation of the second-pulse output waveform at the diode, a keep-alive circuit was installed. The effects of diode closure on double-pulse operation are also discussed.

  6. MEDEA II two-pulse generator development (United States)

    Bieniosek, F. M.; Honig, J.; Theby, E. A.


    This article discusses improvements in the efficiency, output power, and operational flexibility of MEDEA II, a double-pulse electron beam accelerator at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories. A modified charging circuit, based on the triple-resonance pulse transformer concept, was implemented on both of MEDEA II's two stages. The output switches were modified to increase maximum output voltages, and a new, second output switch with asymmetric breakdown characteristics was developed. To avoid degradation of the second-pulse output waveform at the diode, a keep-alive circuit was installed. The effects of diode closure on double-pulse operation are also discussed.

  7. A Novel Subnanosecond Monocycle Pulse Generator for UWB Radar Applications

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    Xinfan Xia


    Full Text Available A novel ultra-wideband (UWB monocycle pulse generator with good performance is designed and demonstrated in this paper. It contains a power supply circuit, a pulse drive circuit, a unique pulse forming circuit, and a novel monopolar-to-monocycle pulse transition circuit. The drive circuit employs wideband bipolar junction transistors (BJTs and linear power amplifier transistor to produce a high amplitude drive pulse, and the pulse forming circuit uses the transition characteristics of step recovery diode (SRD effectively to produce a negative narrow pulse. At last, the monocycle pulse forming circuit utilizes a novel inductance L short-circuited stub to generate the monocycle pulse directly. Measurement results show that the waveform of the generated monocycle pulses is over 76 V in peak-to-peak amplitude and 3.2 ns in pulse full-width. These characteristics of the monocycle pulse are advantageous for obtaining long detection range and high resolution, when it is applied to ultra-wideband radar applications.

  8. A novel programmable pulse generator with nanosecond resolution for pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance applications. (United States)

    Devasahayam, N; Subramanian, S; Krishna, M C


    A pulse programmer with nanosecond time resolution needed for time-domain electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopic applications is described. This unit uses commercially available timing and input-output port modules and control software developed in our laboratory. The pulse programmer is operated through a personal computer front panel graphic user interface (GUI) inputs to control pulse widths, delays, and the associated acquisition trigger timings. Based on these parameters, all other associated gate and trigger timings are internally generated automatically without the need to enter them explicitly. The excitation pulse widths were of nanosecond resolution while all other gate pulses can be incremented in steps of 20 ns without compromising spectrometer performance. In the current configuration, the pulse programmer permits generation of a single pulse or multiple pulse sequences for EPR imaging with minimal data entry via the front panel GUI.

  9. Exawatt-Zettawatt Pulse Generation and Applications

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    Mourou, G A; Malkin, V M; Toroker, Z; Khazanov, E A; Sergeev, A M; Tajima, T


    A new amplification method, weaving the three basic compression techniques, Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA), Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) and Plasma Compression by Backward Raman Amplification (BRA) in plasma, is proposed. It is called C3 for Cascaded Conversion Compression. It has the capability to compress with good efficiency kilojoule to megajoule, nanosecond laser pulses into femtosecond pulses, to produce exawatt and beyond peak power. In the future, C3 could be used at large-scale facilities such as the National Ignition Facility (NIF) or the Laser Megajoule (LMJ) and open the way to zettawatt level pulses. The beam will be focused to a wavelength spot size with a f#1. The very small beam size, i.e. few centimeters, along with the low laser repetition rate laser system will make possible the use of inexpensive, precision, disposable optics. The resulting intensity will approach the Schwinger value, thus opening up new possibilities in fundamental physics.

  10. Synthesizing genetic sequential logic circuit with clock pulse generator

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    Chuang, Chia-Hua; Lin, Chun-Liang


    .... This paper presents a genetic sequential logic circuit with a clock pulse generator based on a synthesized genetic oscillator, which generates a consecutive clock signal whose frequency is an inverse...

  11. a computer controlled pulse generator for an st radar system

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    circuit in an ST radar system are provided by the radar pulse generator. The pulse generator also provides the .... A simplified circuit diagram of the hardware is shown in Fig. 5. When the CL line is set to zer0, the: pulser is .... Finally, the present pulser has been found to introduce less internal interference noise, particularily.

  12. Optimal generation of pulsed entangled photon pairs (United States)

    Hodelin, Juan F.; Khoury, George; Bouwmeester, Dirk


    We experimentally investigate a double-pass parametric down-conversion scheme for producing pulsed, polarization-entangled photon pairs with high visibility. The amplitudes for creating photon pairs on each pass interfere to compensate for distinguishing characteristics that normally degrade two-photon visibility. The result is a high-flux source of polarization-entangled photon pulses that does not require spectral filtering. We observe quantum interference visibility of over 95% without the use of spectral filters for 200fs pulses, and up to 98.1% with 5nm bandwidth filters.

  13. High voltage pulse generators for kicker magnet excitation

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    Fiander, D C; Metzmacher, K D; Pearce, P


    Describes three new pulse generator systems for the excitation of the kicker magnets of fast ejection facilities. Firstly a pulse generator for the fast ejection from the 28 GeV proton synchrotron (CPS) of any desired number of the twenty circulating proton bunches is treated. Secondly the paper describes the development of a pulse generator for the transfer at 50 mu sec intervals of single bunches of the proton beam from the CPS to the new 300 GeV machine (SPS) in construction at CERN. Finally the development of a programmable eleven step pulse generator for the CPS/SPS transfer is described. This generator allows the shaving of the CPS beam during eleven turns, and because of the CPS/SPS diameter ratio, allows the SPS to be uniformly filled. (7 refs).

  14. Compact pulsed electron beam system for microwave generation (United States)

    Sharma, S. K.; Deb, P.; Shukla, R.; Banerjee, P.; Prabaharan, T.; Adhikary, B.; Verma, R.; Sharma, A.; Shyam, A.


    A compact 180 kV electron beam system is designed for high power microwave generation. The electron beam system is consists of a secondary energy storage device, which can deliver energy to the load at faster rate than usual primary energy storage system such as tesla transformers or marx generator. The short duration, high voltage pulse with fast rise time and good flattop is applied to vacuum diode for high power microwave generation. The compact electron beam system is made up of single turn primary tesla transformer which charges a helical pulse forming line and transfers its energy to vacuum diode through a high voltage pressurized spark gap switch. We have used helical pulse forming line which has higher inductance as compared to coaxial pulse forming line, which in turns increases, the pulse width and reduce the length of the pulse forming line. Water dielectric medium is used because of its high dielectric constant, high dielectric strength and efficient energy storage capability. The time dependent breakdown property and high relative permittivity of water makes it an ideal choice for this system. The high voltage flat-top pulse of 90 kV, 260 ns is measured across the matched load. In this article we have reported the design details, simulation and initial experimental results of 180 kV pulsed electron beam system for high power microwave generation.

  15. Generation of ultrafast pulse via combined effects of stimulated ...

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    A project of ultrafast pulse generation has been presented and demonstrated by utilizing the combined nonlinear effects of stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and non-degenerate two-photon absorption (TPA) based on silicon nanophotonic chip, in which a continuous wave (CW) and an ultrafast dark pulse are ...

  16. Generation of picosecond optical pulse based on chirp compensation (United States)

    Sun, Xiaofeng; Yang, Jiaqian; Li, Shangyuan; Xue, Xiaoxiao; Zheng, Xiaoping; Zhou, Bingkun


    Picosecond optical pulses are widely used in optical communication systems, such as the optical time division multiplexing (OTDM) and photonic analog-to-digital converter (ADC). We have proposed and demonstrated a simple method to generate picosecond optical pulse using the mach-zehnder modulator (MZM), phase modulator (PM) and single model fiber (SMF). The phase modulator is used to generate a frequency chirp which varies periodically with time. The MZM is used to suppress the pedestal of the pulse and improve the performance of the pulse. The SMF is used to compensate the frequency chirp. We have carried out theoretical analysis and numerical simulation for the generation process of the picosecond optical pulse. The influence of phase shift between the modulation signals loaded on the MZM and PM is analyzed by numerical simulation and the conditions for the generation of picosecond optical pulse are given. The formula for calculating the optimum length of SMF which is used to compensate the linear chirp is given. The optical pulses with a repetition frequency of 10 GHz and a pulse width of 8.5 ps were obtained. The time-bandwidth product was as small as 1.09 and the timing jitter is as low as 83 fs.

  17. High-explosive-driven delay line pulse generator

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    Shearer, J.W.


    The inclusion of a delay line circuit into the design of a high-explosive-driven generator shortens the time constant of the output pulse. After a brief review of generator concepts and previously described pulse-shortening methods, a geometry is presented which incorporates delay line circuit techcniques into a coil generator. The circuit constants are adjusted to match the velocity of the generated electromagnetic wave to the detonation velocity of the high explosive. The proposed generator can be modeled by adding a variable inductance term to the telegrapher's equation. A particular solution of this equation is useful for exploring the operational parameters of the generator. The duration of the electromagnetic pulse equals the radial expansion time of the high-explosive-driven armature until it strikes the coil. Because the impedance of the generator is a constant, the current multiplication factor is limited only by nonlinear effects such as voltage breakdown, diffusion, and compression at high energies.

  18. Nonlinear Pulse Shaping in Fibres for Pulse Generation and Optical Processing

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    Sonia Boscolo


    Full Text Available The development of new all-optical technologies for data processing and signal manipulation is a field of growing importance with a strong potential for numerous applications in diverse areas of modern science. Nonlinear phenomena occurring in optical fibres have many attractive features and great, but not yet fully explored, potential in signal processing. Here, we review recent progress on the use of fibre nonlinearities for the generation and shaping of optical pulses and on the applications of advanced pulse shapes in all-optical signal processing. Amongst other topics, we will discuss ultrahigh repetition rate pulse sources, the generation of parabolic shaped pulses in active and passive fibres, the generation of pulses with triangular temporal profiles, and coherent supercontinuum sources. The signal processing applications will span optical regeneration, linear distortion compensation, optical decision at the receiver in optical communication systems, spectral and temporal signal doubling, and frequency conversion.

  19. Generation of Quasi-Gaussian Pulses Based on Correlation Techniques

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    Full Text Available The Gaussian pulses have been mostly used within communications, where some applications can be emphasized: mobile telephony (GSM, where GMSK signals are used, as well as the UWB communications, where short-period pulses based on Gaussian waveform are generated. Since the Gaussian function signifies a theoretical concept, which cannot be accomplished from the physical point of view, this should be expressed by using various functions, able to determine physical implementations. New techniques of generating the Gaussian pulse responses of good precision are approached, proposed and researched in this paper. The second and third order derivatives with regard to the Gaussian pulse response are accurately generated. The third order derivates is composed of four individual rectangular pulses of fixed amplitudes, being easily to be generated by standard techniques. In order to generate pulses able to satisfy the spectral mask requirements, an adequate filter is necessary to be applied. This paper emphasizes a comparative analysis based on the relative error and the energy spectra of the proposed pulses.

  20. Plasma generated during underwater pulsed laser processing (United States)

    Hoffman, Jacek; Chrzanowska, Justyna; Moscicki, Tomasz; Radziejewska, Joanna; Stobinski, Leszek; Szymanski, Zygmunt


    The plasma induced during underwater pulsed laser ablation of graphite is studied both experimentally and theoretically. The results of the experiment show that the maximum plasma temperature of 25000 K is reached 20 ns from the beginning of the laser pulse and decreases to 6500 K after 1000 ns. The observed OH absorption band shows that the plasma plume is surrounded by the thin layer of dissociated water vapour at a temperature around 5500 K. The hydrodynamic model applied shows similar maximum plasma temperature at delay times between 14 ns and 30 ns. The calculations show also that already at 14th ns, the plasma electron density reaches 0.97·1027 m-3, which is the critical density for 1064 nm radiation. At the same time the plasma pressure is 2 GPa, which is consisted with earlier measurements of the peak pressure exerted on a target in similar conditions.

  1. An 8-GW long-pulse generator based on Tesla transformer and pulse forming network. (United States)

    Su, Jiancang; Zhang, Xibo; Li, Rui; Zhao, Liang; Sun, Xu; Wang, Limin; Zeng, Bo; Cheng, Jie; Wang, Ying; Peng, Jianchang; Song, Xiaoxin


    A long-pulse generator TPG700L based on a Tesla transformer and a series pulse forming network (PFN) is constructed to generate intense electron beams for the purpose of high power microwave (HPM) generation. The TPG700L mainly consists of a 12-stage PFN, a built-in Tesla transformer in a pulse forming line, a three-electrode gas switch, a transmission line with a trigger, and a load. The Tesla transformer and the compact PFN are the key technologies for the development of the TPG700L. This generator can output electrical pulses with a width as long as 200 ns at a level of 8 GW and a repetition rate of 50 Hz. When used to drive a relative backward wave oscillator for HPM generation, the electrical pulse width is about 100 ns on a voltage level of 520 kV. Factors affecting the pulse waveform of the TPG700L are also discussed. At present, the TPG700L performs well for long-pulse HPM generation in our laboratory.

  2. Elemental analysis using temporal gating of a pulsed neutron generator

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    Mitra, Sudeep


    Technologies related to determining elemental composition of a sample that comprises fissile material are described herein. In a general embodiment, a pulsed neutron generator periodically emits bursts of neutrons, and is synchronized with an analyzer circuit. The bursts of neutrons are used to interrogate the sample, and the sample outputs gamma rays based upon the neutrons impacting the sample. A detector outputs pulses based upon the gamma rays impinging upon the material of the detector, and the analyzer circuit assigns the pulses to temporally-based bins based upon the analyzer circuit being synchronized with the pulsed neutron generator. A computing device outputs data that is indicative of elemental composition of the sample based upon the binned pulses.

  3. Characteristics of pulse width for an enhanced second harmonic generation (United States)

    Zhang, Yun; Hyodo, Masaharu; Okada-Shudo, Yoshiko; Zhu, Yun; Wang, Xiaoyang; Zhu, Yong; Wang, Guiling; Chen, Chuangtian; Watanabe, Shuntaro; Watanabe, Masayoshi


    Temporal characteristics of a cavity enhancement second harmonic (SH) generation for picosecond laser pulse are investigated. We experimentally measured pulse width changes that were indued by group velocity mismatching (GVM), SH process, and enhancement cavity. It indicates that the generated pulse width is a combined effect of the GVM and SH process. Meanwhile, the effect of the enhancement cavity can be avoided by controlling its free spectrum range. A interferometric autocorrelator with a KBBF-PCD as nonlinear crystal is also composed and this extends the measurement light wavelength below 410 nm.

  4. Circularly polarized attosecond pulse generation and applications to ultrafast magnetism (United States)

    Bandrauk, André D.; Guo, Jing; Yuan, Kai-Jun


    Attosecond science is a growing new field of research and potential applications which relies on the development of attosecond light sources. Achievements in the generation and application of attosecond pulses enable to investigate electron dynamics in the nonlinear nonperturbative regime of laser-matter interactions on the electron’s natural time scale, the attosecond. In this review, we describe the generation of circularly polarized attosecond pulses and their applications to induce attosecond magnetic fields, new tools for ultrafast magnetism. Simulations are performed on aligned one-electron molecular ions by using nonperturbative nonlinear solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. We discuss how bichromatic circularly polarized laser pulses with co-rotating or counter-rotating components induce electron-parent ion recollisions, thus producing circularly polarized high-order harmonic generation, the source of circularly polarized attosecond pulses. Ultrafast quantum electron currents created by the generated attosecond pulses give rise to attosecond magnetic field pulses. The results provide a guiding principle for producing circularly polarized attosecond pulses and ultrafast magnetic fields in complex molecular systems for future research in ultrafast magneto-optics.

  5. Generation of frequency-chirped optical pulses with felix

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    Knippels, G.M.H.; Meer, A.F.G. van der; Mols, R.F.X.A.M. [FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics, Nieuwegein (Netherlands)] [and others


    Frequency-chirped optical pulses have been produced in the picosecond regime by varying the energy of the electron beam on a microsecond time scale. These pulses were then compressed close to their bandwidth limit by an external pulse compressor. The amount of chirp can be controlled by varying the sweep rate on the electron beam energy and by cavity desynchronisation. To examine the generated chirp we used the following diagnostics: a pulse compressor, a crossed beam autocorrelator, a multichannel electron spectrometer and multichannel optical spectrometer. The compressor is build entirely using reflective optics to permit broad band operation. The autocorrelator is currently operating from 6 {mu}m to 30 {mu}m with one single crystal. It has been used to measure pulses as short as 500 fs. All diagnostics are evacuated to prevent pulse shape distortion or pulse lengthening caused by absorption in ambient water vapour. Pulse length measurements and optical spectra will be presented for different electron beam sweep rates, showing the presence of a frequency chirp. Results on the compression of the optical pulses to their bandwidth limit are given for different electron sweep rates. More experimental results showing the dependence of the amount of chirp on cavity desynchronisation will be presented.

  6. Generation of short electrical pulses based on bipolar transistorsny

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    M. Gerding


    Full Text Available A system for the generation of short electrical pulses based on the minority carrier charge storage and the step recovery effect of bipolar transistors is presented. Electrical pulses of about 90 ps up to 800 ps duration are generated with a maximum amplitude of approximately 7V at 50Ω. The bipolar transistor is driven into saturation and the base-collector and base-emitter junctions become forward biased. The resulting fast switch-off edge of the transistor’s output signal is the basis for the pulse generation. The fast switching of the transistor occurs as a result of the minority carriers that have been injected and stored across the base-collector junction under forward bias conditions. If the saturated transistor is suddenly reverse biased the pn-junction will appear as a low impedance until the stored charge is depleted. Then the impedance will suddenly increase to its normal high value and the flow of current through the junction will turn to zero, abruptly. A differentiation of the output signal of the transistor results in two short pulses with opposite polarities. The differentiating circuit is implemented by a transmission line network, which mainly acts as a high pass filter. Both the transistor technology (pnp or npn and the phase of the transfer function of the differentating circuit influence the polarity of the output pulses. The pulse duration depends on the transistor parameters as well as on the transfer function of the pulse shaping network. This way of generating short electrical pulses is a new alternative for conventional comb generators based on steprecovery diodes (SRD. Due to the three-terminal structure of the transistor the isolation problem between the input and the output signal of the transistor network is drastically simplified. Furthermore the transistor is an active element in contrast to a SRD, so that its current gain can be used to minimize the power of the driving signal.

  7. Generation of high current, long duration rectangular pulses

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    Faugeras, Paul E; Zanasco, J P


    The excitation of the fast pulsed kicker magnets foreseen for the CERN 400 GeV proton synchrotron requires rectangular pulses with a current amplitude of 3000 A to 10000 A, a pulse duration adjustable between 1 and 24 mu sec, and short rise and fall times. These pulses are generated by a LC ladder network discharged with fast switches. Several kinds of switches have been tested: multigap thyratrons of standard design, a composite switch called 'thyragnitron' and made of a normal thyratron by-passed ignitrons, and finally special thyratrons with a second cathode assembly in place of the usual anode. Experimental pulse shapes and results of life tests for these different switches are presented and discussed. (8 refs).

  8. Continuous and Pulsed THz generation with molecular gas lasers and photoconductive antennas gated by femtosecond pulses (United States)

    Cruz, Flavio C.; Nogueira, T.; Costa, Leverson F. L.; Jarschel, Paulo F.; Frateschi, Newton C.; Viscovini, Ronaldo C.; Vieira, Bruno R. B.; Guevara, Victor M. B.; Pereira, Daniel


    We report THz generation based on two systems: 1) continuous-wave (cw) laser generation in molecular gas lasers, and 2) short pulse generation in photoconductive antennas, gated by femtosecond near-infrared Ti:sapphire lasers. With the first system, we have generated tens of monochromatic cw laser lines over the last years, extending roughly from 40 microns to several hundred microns. This is done by optical pumping of gas lasers based on polar molecules such as methanol and its isotopes. In the second system, under development, pulsed THz radiation is generated by a photoconductive antenna built in a semi-insulating GaAs substrate excited by femtosecond pulses from a near-infrared (800 nm) Ti:sapphire laser.

  9. A compact high-voltage pulse generator based on pulse transformer with closed magnetic core. (United States)

    Zhang, Yu; Liu, Jinliang; Cheng, Xinbing; Bai, Guoqiang; Zhang, Hongbo; Feng, Jiahuai; Liang, Bo


    A compact high-voltage nanosecond pulse generator, based on a pulse transformer with a closed magnetic core, is presented in this paper. The pulse generator consists of a miniaturized pulse transformer, a curled parallel strip pulse forming line (PFL), a spark gap, and a matched load. The innovative design is characterized by the compact structure of the transformer and the curled strip PFL. A new structure of transformer windings was designed to keep good insulation and decrease distributed capacitance between turns of windings. A three-copper-strip structure was adopted to avoid asymmetric coupling of the curled strip PFL. When the 31 microF primary capacitor is charged to 2 kV, the pulse transformer can charge the PFL to 165 kV, and the 3.5 ohm matched load can deliver a high-voltage pulse with a duration of 9 ns, amplitude of 84 kV, and rise time of 5.1 ns. When the load is changed to 50 ohms, the output peak voltage of the generator can be 165 kV, the full width at half maximum is 68 ns, and the rise time is 6.5 ns.

  10. Low-inductive megavolt pulse generators for external installation

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    Bocharov, V A; Zyabko, Y P; Melnikov, P N


    The design of the high-voltage pulse generator for powering the low-inductive energy storages, operating in the open air is described. It turned well significantly to reduce the proper inductivity of the pulse generator on the account of the rational arrangement of the condensers and commutators in the design insulation carrier. The technical characteristics of the low-inductive megavolt pulse generators with various numbers of the change condensers stages are presented. So, GIN-4M generator with the nominal amplitude of 4 MV and stored energy of 100-250 kJ has 20 charge stages, 80-200 condensers and the inductivity coefficient of 3.5 mu H/MV

  11. Effect of Pulse Width on Ozone Yield using Inductive Energy Storage System Pulsed Power Generator (United States)

    Yagi, Ippei; Mukaigawa, Seiji; Takaki, Koichi; Fujiwara, Tamiya; Go, Tomio

    Nanosecond pulse voltages of several pulse widths were applied to a cylindrical plasma reactor for ozone synthesis with high energy yield. Nanoseconds pulse voltages were produced by inductive energy storage system pulsed power generators using semiconductor opening switch (SOS) diodes. First recovery diodes were used as SOS diodes in the inductive energy storage system to produce short-pulsed high voltage with high-repetition rate. The short pulse voltage of 9.5 ns width and 33 kV peak voltage was produced at charging voltage of 15 kV and was applied to a 1 mm diameter center wire electrode in the plasma reactor. The copper cylinder of 19 mm inner diameter was used as outer electrode and was connected to a ground. The ozone yield of 271 g/kWh was obtained using the 9.5 ns width pulse voltage at synthesized 412 ppm of ozone concentration. The yield 271 g/kWh was more than twice as much as the yield 114 g/kWh at 401 ppm using a 60 ns pulse voltage.

  12. Megahertz high voltage pulse generator suitable for capacitive load (United States)

    Xu, Yu; Chen, Wei; Liang, Hao; Li, Yu-Huai; Liang, Fu-Tian; Shen, Qi; Liao, Sheng-Kai; Peng, Cheng-Zhi


    A high voltage pulse generator is presented to drive Pockels cell. The Pockels cell behaves like a capacitor which slows the rise/fall time of the pulse and restrains the repetition rate of the generator. To drive the Pockels cell applied in quantum communication system, it requires about 1 MHz repetition rate with the rise/fall time of the pulse less than 50 ns, adjustable amplitude up to 800 V and an adjustable duration. With the assistance of self-designed transformers, the circuits is simplified that a pair of high current radio frequency (RF) MOSFET drivers are employed to switch the power MOSFETs at a high speed, and the power MOSFETs shape the final output pulse with the requirements. From the tests, the generator can produce 800 V square pulses continously at 1 MHz rate with 46 ns in risetime and 31 ns in falltime when driving a 51 pF capacitive load. And the generator is now used to drive Pockels cell for encoding the polarization of photons.

  13. Megahertz high voltage pulse generator suitable for capacitive load

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    Yu Xu


    Full Text Available A high voltage pulse generator is presented to drive Pockels cell. The Pockels cell behaves like a capacitor which slows the rise/fall time of the pulse and restrains the repetition rate of the generator. To drive the Pockels cell applied in quantum communication system, it requires about 1 MHz repetition rate with the rise/fall time of the pulse less than 50 ns, adjustable amplitude up to 800 V and an adjustable duration. With the assistance of self-designed transformers, the circuits is simplified that a pair of high current radio frequency (RF MOSFET drivers are employed to switch the power MOSFETs at a high speed, and the power MOSFETs shape the final output pulse with the requirements. From the tests, the generator can produce 800 V square pulses continously at 1 MHz rate with 46 ns in risetime and 31 ns in falltime when driving a 51 pF capacitive load. And the generator is now used to drive Pockels cell for encoding the polarization of photons.

  14. 125-GHz Microwave Signal Generation Employing an Integrated Pulse Shaper

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    Liao, Shasha; Ding, Yunhong; Dong, Jianji


    We propose and experimentally demonstrate an on-chip pulse shaper for 125-GHz microwave waveform generation. The pulse shaper is implemented based on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform that has a structure with eight-tap finite impulse response (FIR) and there is an amplitude modulator on each...... of the generated microwave waveforms is larger than 100 GHz, and it has wide bandwidth when changing the time delay of the adjacent taps and compactness, capability for integration with electronics and small power consumption are also its merits....

  15. Plasma high-order-harmonic generation from ultraintense laser pulses (United States)

    Tang, Suo; Kumar, Naveen; Keitel, Christoph H.


    Plasma high-order-harmonic generation from an extremely intense short-pulse laser is explored by including the effects of ion motion, electron-ion collisions, and radiation reaction force in the plasma dynamics. The laser radiation pressure induces plasma ion motion through the hole-boring effect, resulting in frequency shifting and widening of the harmonic spectra. The classical radiation reaction force slightly mitigates the frequency broadening caused by the ion motion. Based on the results and physical considerations, parameter maps highlighting the optimum regions for generating a single intense attosecond pulse and coherent XUV radiation are presented.

  16. Advanced pulse generator and preamplifier for the HELEN laser (United States)

    Norman, Michael J.; Harvey, E. J.; Hopps, N. W.; Nolan, J. R.; Smith, W. F. E.


    A replacement for the HELEN laser has been proposed that would involve a considerable increase in performance up to 100 TW from 32 beams. The design for the new laser is to be based on the technology being developed for the US National Ignition Facility. The pulse generation and preamplification stages employ novel technologies and represent a significant departure from previous designs. As part of the laser replacement development program a pulse generator and preamplifier have been built and installed on the HELEN laser at AWE, based on those employed on the Beamlet laser physics demonstration facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As well as providing experience of the technologies involved, this system represents a significant enhancement of the performance of HELEN. Initial pulses are generated by a diode-pumped Q-switched Neodymium-doped Yttrium Lithium Fluoride ring oscillator. These are then launched into optical fiber and transported to a series of two integrated optics amplitude modulators for pulse shaping. The resulting pulses are then transported by optical fibers to a ring regenerative preamplifier for amplification to a level suitable for input to the HELEN laser. We describe this system, its performance and the enhanced capabilities of the HELEN laser resulting from its installation.

  17. All-optical UWB pulse generation using sum-frequency generation in a PPLN waveguide. (United States)

    Wang, Jian; Sun, Qizhen; Sun, Junqiang; Zhang, Weiwei


    We propose and demonstrate a novel approach to optically generate ultrawideband (UWB) monocycle pulses by exploiting the parametric attenuation effect of sum-frequency generation (SFG) in a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguide. The SFG process changes the continuous-wave pump into dark optical pulse pump with undershoot, resulting in the generation of UWB monocycle through the combination of input signal and output pump with proper relative time advance/delay. Pairs of polarity-inverted UWB monocycle pulses meeting the UWB definition of U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC, part 15) are successfully obtained in the experiment.

  18. A sequential pulse generator for producing true biphasic stimuli. (United States)

    Mitz, A R; Reed, D J; Humphrey, D R


    The ability to generate biphasic pulses during electrical stimulation of nervous tissue has important advantages over monophasic or capacitively coupled stimulation. A comparatively simple circuit is described which, when used with standard electrophysiological laboratory equipment, can economically implement biphasic stimulation. The resultant system is quite flexible, yet easy to operate.

  19. 21 CFR 870.3610 - Implantable pacemaker pulse generator. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Implantable pacemaker pulse generator. 870.3610 Section 870.3610 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... intermittent and continuous cardiac rhythm disorders. This device includes triggered, inhibited, and...

  20. Femtosecond pulse generation and amplification in Yb-doped fibre ...

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    In this article, femto-second pulse generation in Yb-doped fibre oscillator in different mode-locking regimes are reviewed and the details of development and characterization of an all-fibre, high-power, low-noise amplifier system seeded by an all-normal-dispersion mode-locked Yb-doped fibre laser oscillator is described.

  1. Ultrashort X-ray pulse generation using subpicosecond electron linac

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    Harano, H; Yoshii, K; Ueda, T; Okita, S; Uesaka, M


    As a promising tool for ultrafast material analyses, we propose to utilize the X-ray pulse which may be generated in a quite simple manner using subpicosecond electron linacs. The properties of the X-ray were numerically studied with the EGS4 code. Verification of the X-ray generation was also conducted at the Nuclear Engineering Research Laboratory (NERL) linac and clear diffraction patterns of characteristic X-ray were obtained for typical single crystals.

  2. Variable Power, Short Microwave Pulses Generation using a CW Magnetron

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    CIUPA, R.


    Full Text Available Fine control of microwave power radiation in medical and scientific applications is a challenging task. Since a commercial Continuous Wave (CW magnetron is the most inexpensive microwave device available today on the market, it becomes the best candidate for a microwave power generator used in medical diathermy and hyperthermia treatments or high efficiency chemical reactions using microwave reactors as well. This article presents a new method for driving a CW magnetron with short pulses, using a modified commercial Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS inverter, software driven by a custom embedded system. The microwave power generator designed with this method can be programmed for output microwave pulses down to 1% of the magnetron's power and allows microwave low frequency pulse modulation in the range of human brain electrical activity, intended for medical applications. Microwave output power continuous control is also possible with the magnetron running in the oscillating area, using a dual frequency Pulse Width Modulation (PWM, where the low frequency PWM pulse is modulating a higher resonant frequency required by the ZVS inverter's transformer. The method presented allows a continuous control of both power and energy (duty-cycle at the inverter's output.

  3. Pulse generator using transistors and silicon controlled rectifiers produces high current pulses with fast rise and fall times (United States)

    Woolfson, M. G.


    Electrical pulse generator uses power transistors and silicon controlled rectifiers for producing a high current pulse having fast rise and fall times. At quiescent conditions, the standby power consumption of the circuit is equal to zero.

  4. Beamlet pulse-generation and wavefront-control system

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    Van Wonterghem, B.M.; Salmon, J.T.; Wilcox, R.W.


    The Beamlet pulse-generation system (or {open_quotes}front end{close_quotes}) refers to the laser hardware that generates the spatially and temporally shaped pulse that is injected into the main laser cavity. All large ICF lasers have pulse-generation systems that typically consist of a narrow-band oscillator, elector-optic modulators for temporal and bandwidth shaping, and one or more preamplifiers. Temporal shaping is used to provide the desired laser output pulse shape and also to compensate for gain saturation effects in the large-aperture amplifiers. Bandwidth is applied to fulfill specific target irradiation requirements and to avoid stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in large-aperture laser components. Usually the sharp edge of the beam`s spatial intensity profile is apodized before injection in the main amplifier beam line. This prevents large-amplitude ripples on the intensity profile. Here the authors briefly review the front-end design and discuss improvements to the oscillator and modulator systems. Their main focus, however, is to describe Beamlet`s novel beam-shaping and wavefront-control systems that have recently been fully activated and tested.

  5. A 70 kV solid-state high voltage pulse generator based on saturable pulse transformer. (United States)

    Fan, Xuliang; Liu, Jinliang


    High voltage pulse generators are widely applied in many fields. In recent years, solid-state and operating at repetitive mode are the most important developing trends of high voltage pulse generators. A solid-state high voltage pulse generator based on saturable pulse transformer is proposed in this paper. The proposed generator is consisted of three parts. They are charging system, triggering system, and the major loop. Saturable pulse transformer is the key component of the whole generator, which acts as a step-up transformer and main switch during working process of this generator. The circuit and working principles of the proposed pulse generator are introduced first in this paper, and the saturable pulse transformer used in this generator is introduced in detail. Circuit of the major loop is simulated to verify the design of the system. Demonstration experiments are carried out, and the results show that when the primary energy storage capacitor is charged to a high voltage, such as 2.5 kV, a voltage with amplitude of 86 kV can be achieved on the secondary winding. The magnetic core of saturable pulse transformer is saturated deeply and the saturable inductance of the secondary windings is very small. The switch function of the saturable pulse transformer can be realized ideally. Therefore, a 71 kV output voltage pulse is formed on the load. Moreover, the magnetic core of the saturable pulse transformer can be reset automatically.

  6. Flash X-ray sources powered by Blumlein pulse generators (United States)

    Davanloo, F.; Coogan, J. J.; Krause, R. K.; Bhawalkar, J. D.; Collins, C. B.


    Described here is the progress in construction and characterization of pulse-power generators capable of discharging at high repetition rates. These devices consist of several triaxial Blumleins stacked in series at one end. The lines are charged in parallel and synchronously commuted with a single thyratron at the other end. In this way relatively low charging voltages are multiplied to give the desired discharge voltage without the need for complex Marx bank circuitry. Scaling of these stacked Blumlein generators to obtain open circuit voltages in excess of 0.5 MV is reported. Peak power generated by discharging into an X-ray diode exceeds 10 7 R/s and high repetition rates allow for an average emitted X-ray exposure rate of 25 R/s from a sequence of 40 ns pulses.

  7. Soliton generation from randomly modulated return-to-zero pulses (United States)

    Derevyanko, Stanislav A.; Prilepsky, Jaroslaw E.


    We consider return-to-zero (RZ) pulses with random phase modulation propagating in a nonlinear channel (modelled by the integrable nonlinear Schrödinger equation, NLSE). We suggest two different models for the phase fluctuations of the optical field: (i) Gaussian short-correlated fluctuations and (ii) generalized telegraph process. Using the rectangular-shaped pulse form we demonstrate that the presence of phase fluctuations of both types strongly influences the number of solitons generated in the channel. It is also shown that increasing the correlation time for the random phase fluctuations affects the coherent content of a pulse in a non-trivial way. The result obtained has potential consequences for all-optical processing and design of optical decision elements.

  8. The VELOCE pulsed power generator for isentropic compression experiments

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    Ao, Tommy [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dynamic Material Properties; Asay, James Russell [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dynamic Material Properties; Chantrenne, Sophie J. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dynamic Material Properties; Hickman, Randall John [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dynamic Material Properties; Willis, Michael David [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dynamic Material Properties; Shay, Andrew W. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dynamic Material Properties; Grine-Jones, Suzi A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dynamic Material Properties; Hall, Clint Allen [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dynamic Material Properties; Baer, Melvin R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Engineering Sciences Center


    Veloce is a medium-voltage, high-current, compact pulsed power generator developed for isentropic and shock compression experiments. Because of its increased availability and ease of operation, Veloce is well suited for studying isentropic compression experiments (ICE) in much greater detail than previously allowed with larger pulsed power machines such as the Z accelerator. Since the compact pulsed power technology used for dynamic material experiments has not been previously used, it is necessary to examine several key issues to ensure that accurate results are obtained. In the present experiments, issues such as panel and sample preparation, uniformity of loading, and edge effects were extensively examined. In addition, magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations using the ALEGRA code were performed to interpret the experimental results and to design improved sample/panel configurations. Examples of recent ICE studies on aluminum are presented.

  9. Pulsed-squeezed-light generation in a waveguide with second-subharmonic generation and periodic corrugation (United States)

    Peřina, Jan, Jr.


    Quantum pulsed second-subharmonic generation in a planar waveguide with a small periodic corrugation at the surface is studied. Backscattering of the interacting fields on the corrugation enhances the nonlinear interaction, giving larger values of squeezing. The problem of backscattering is treated by perturbation theory, using the Fourier transform for nondispersion propagation, and by numerical approach in the general case. Optimum spectral modes for squeezed-light generation are found using the Bloch-Messiah reduction. An improvement in squeezing and increase of the numbers of generated photons are quantified for the corrugation resonating with the fundamental and second-subharmonic field. Splitting of the generated pulse by the corrugation is predicted.

  10. Practical system for the generation of pulsed quantum frequency combs. (United States)

    Roztocki, Piotr; Kues, Michael; Reimer, Christian; Wetzel, Benjamin; Sciara, Stefania; Zhang, Yanbing; Cino, Alfonso; Little, Brent E; Chu, Sai T; Moss, David J; Morandotti, Roberto


    The on-chip generation of large and complex optical quantum states will enable low-cost and accessible advances for quantum technologies, such as secure communications and quantum computation. Integrated frequency combs are on-chip light sources with a broad spectrum of evenly-spaced frequency modes, commonly generated by four-wave mixing in optically-excited nonlinear micro-cavities, whose recent use for quantum state generation has provided a solution for scalable and multi-mode quantum light sources. Pulsed quantum frequency combs are of particular interest, since they allow the generation of single-frequency-mode photons, required for scaling state complexity towards, e.g., multi-photon states, and for quantum information applications. However, generation schemes for such pulsed combs have, to date, relied on micro-cavity excitation via lasers external to the sources, being neither versatile nor power-efficient, and impractical for scalable realizations of quantum technologies. Here, we introduce an actively-modulated, nested-cavity configuration that exploits the resonance pass-band characteristic of the micro-cavity to enable a mode-locked and energy-efficient excitation. We demonstrate that the scheme allows the generation of high-purity photons at large coincidence-to-accidental ratios (CAR). Furthermore, by increasing the repetition rate of the excitation field via harmonic mode-locking (i.e. driving the cavity modulation at harmonics of the fundamental repetition rate), we managed to increase the pair production rates (i.e. source efficiency), while maintaining a high CAR and photon purity. Our approach represents a significant step towards the realization of fully on-chip, stable, and versatile sources of pulsed quantum frequency combs, crucial for the development of accessible quantum technologies.

  11. Compressible octave spanning supercontinuum generation by two-pulse collisions. (United States)

    Demircan, Ayhan; Amiranashvili, Shalva; Brée, Carsten; Steinmeyer, Günter


    We demonstrate a novel method for supercontinuum generation in an optical fiber based on two-color pumping with a delay and a group velocity matching. The scheme relies on the enhanced cross-phase-modulation at an intensity induced refractive index barrier between a dispersive wave and a soliton. The generation mechanism neither incorporates soliton fission nor a modulation instability and therefore exhibits extraordinary coherence properties, enabling the temporal compression of octave bandwidth into a short pulse. Moreover, the properties of the supercontinuum are adjustable over a wide range in the frequency domain by suitable choice of the dispersive wave.

  12. Numerical simulation of compact intracloud discharge and generated electromagnetic pulse (United States)

    Babich, L. P.; Bochkov, E. I.; Kutsyk, I. M.


    Using the concept of the relativistic runaway electron avalanche, numerical simulation of compact intracloud discharge as a generator of powerful natural electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) in the HF-UHF range was conducted. We evaluated the numbers of electrons initiating the avalanche, with which the calculated EMP characteristics are consistent with measured ones. The discharge capable of generating EMPs produces runaway electrons in numbers close to those in the source of terrestrial γ-flashes (TGF) registered in the nearest space, which may be an argument for a joint EMP and TGF source.

  13. Generation of synchronized signal and pump pulses for an optical ...

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    pass geometry in a grating pair based pulse stretcher unit. The pump pulse has been further amplified in a high gain regenerative amplifier. This amplified pulse was used as the pump in an optical parametric chirped pulse ...

  14. Wideband generation of pulses in dual-pump optical parametric amplifier: theory and experiment. (United States)

    Shoaie, Mohammad Amin; Mohajerin-Ariaei, Amirhossein; Vedadi, Armand; Brès, Camille-Sophie


    The generation of pulses in dual-pump fiber optical parametric amplifier is investigated. Theoretically, it is shown that in an analogical manner to pulse generation in single-pump fiber optical parametric amplifiers, the generated pulse shape depends on the linear phase mismatch between the interacting waves. However the dual-pump architecture allows for the bounding of the phase mismatch over a wide bandwidth. This feature permits the generation of uniform pulses over a wide bandwidth, contrary to the single-pump architecture. Using the developed theory, a pulse source with uniform pulses at 5 GHz repetition rate and duty cycle of 0.265 over 40 nm is demonstrated.

  15. Propagation of Partial Discharge and Noise Pulses in Turbine Generators

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    Henriksen, Mogens; Stone, G. C.; Kurtz, M.


    Changes with time in the partial discharge (PD) activity originating in a generator stator's insulation system provide information about the electrical integrity of the stator winding. It is desirable to measure PD during normal service to minimize costs. To do this successfully, the influence...... of electrical interference must be reduced. Tests are reported which characterize the nature of discharge and noise pulses when using capacitive couplers mounted on each of the phase leads and an RF current transformer mounted on the neutral lead for signal detection. Significant differences between PD...... and electrical noise have been observed....

  16. Multifunctional pulse generator for high-intensity focused ultrasound system (United States)

    Tamano, Satoshi; Yoshizawa, Shin; Umemura, Shin-Ichiro


    High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) can achieve high spatial resolution for the treatment of diseases. A major technical challenge in implementing a HIFU therapeutic system is to generate high-voltage high-current signals for effectively exciting a multichannel HIFU transducer at high efficiencies. In this paper, we present the development of a multifunctional multichannel generator/driver. The generator can produce a long burst as well as an extremely high-voltage short pulse of pseudosinusoidal waves (trigger HIFU) and second-harmonic superimposed waves for HIFU transmission. The transmission timing, waveform, and frequency can be controlled using a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) via a universal serial bus (USB) microcontroller. The hardware is implemented in a compact printed circuit board. The test results of trigger HIFU reveal that the power consumption and the temperature rise of metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors were reduced by 19.9% and 38.2 °C, respectively, from the previous design. The highly flexible performance of the novel generator/driver is demonstrated in the generation of second-harmonic superimposed waves, which is useful for cavitation-enhanced HIFU treatment, although the previous design exhibited difficulty in generating it.

  17. Resonance enhanced high-order harmonic generation in H2+ by two sequential laser pulses. (United States)

    Wang, Baoning; He, Lixin; Wang, Feng; Yuan, Hua; Zhu, Xiaosong; Lan, Pengfei; Lu, Peixiang


    We investigate high-order harmonic generation in H2+ by using two sequential laser pulses, which consist of a 800-nm pump pulse and a time-delayed 1600-nm probe pulse. Based on the solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation, we demonstrate that the harmonic cutoff in our two-pulse scheme is significantly extended compared to that in the 1600-nm probe pulse alone. Meanwhile, the harmonic efficiency is enhanced by 2-3 orders of magnitude due to charge-resonance-enhanced ionization steered by the 800-nm pump pulse. By using a probe pulse with longer wavelength, our scheme can be used for efficient high harmonic generation in the water window region. In addition, the influence of the intensity of the pump pulse and the relative time delay of the two laser pulses on the harmonic generation are also investigated.

  18. A pulsed injection parahydrogen generator and techniques for quantifying enrichment. (United States)

    Feng, Bibo; Coffey, Aaron M; Colon, Raul D; Chekmenev, Eduard Y; Waddell, Kevin W


    A device is presented for efficiently enriching parahydrogen by pulsed injection of ambient hydrogen gas. Hydrogen input to the generator is pulsed at high pressure to a catalyst chamber making thermal contact with the cold head of a closed-cycle cryocooler maintained between 15 and 20K. The system enables fast production (0.9 standard liters per minute) and allows for a wide range of production targets. Production rates can be systematically adjusted by varying the actuation sequence of high-pressure solenoid valves, which are controlled via an open source microcontroller to sample all combinations between fast and thorough enrichment by varying duration of hydrogen contact in the catalyst chamber. The entire enrichment cycle from optimization to quantification and storage kinetics are also described. Conversion of the para spin-isomer to orthohydrogen in borosilicate tubes was measured at 8 min intervals over a period of 64 h with a 12 T NMR spectrometer. These relaxation curves were then used to extract initial enrichment by exploiting the known equilibrium (relaxed) distribution of spin isomers with linear least squares fitting to a single exponential decay curve with an estimated error less than or equal to 1%. This procedure is time-consuming, but requires only one sample pressurized to atmosphere. Given that tedious matching to external references are unnecessary with this procedure, we find it to be useful for periodic inspection of generator performance. The equipment and procedures offer a variation in generator design that eliminate the need to meter flow while enabling access to increased rates of production. These tools for enriching and quantifying parahydrogen have been in steady use for 3 years and should be helpful as a template or as reference material for building and operating a parahydrogen production facility. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. A pulsed injection parahydrogen generator and techniques for quantifying enrichment (United States)

    Feng, Bibo; Coffey, Aaron M.; Colon, Raul D.; Chekmenev, Eduard Y.; Waddell, Kevin W.


    A device is presented for efficiently enriching parahydrogen by pulsed injection of ambient hydrogen gas. Hydrogen input to the generator is pulsed at high pressure to a catalyst chamber making thermal contact with the cold head of a closed-cycle cryocooler maintained between 15 and 20 K. The system enables fast production (0.9 standard liters per minute) and allows for a wide range of production targets. Production rates can be systematically adjusted by varying the actuation sequence of high-pressure solenoid valves, which are controlled via an open source microcontroller to sample all combinations between fast and thorough enrichment by varying duration of hydrogen contact in the catalyst chamber. The entire enrichment cycle from optimization to quantification and storage kinetics are also described. Conversion of the para spin-isomer to orthohydrogen in borosilicate tubes was measured at 8 min intervals over a period of 64 h with a 12 T NMR spectrometer. These relaxation curves were then used to extract initial enrichment by exploiting the known equilibrium (relaxed) distribution of spin isomers with linear least squares fitting to a single exponential decay curve with an estimated error less than or equal to 1%. This procedure is time-consuming, but requires only one sample pressurized to atmosphere. Given that tedious matching to external references are unnecessary with this procedure, we find it to be useful for periodic inspection of generator performance. The equipment and procedures offer a variation in generator design that eliminate the need to meter flow while enabling access to increased rates of production. These tools for enriching and quantifying parahydrogen have been in steady use for 3 years and should be helpful as a template or as reference material for building and operating a parahydrogen production facility.

  20. Triboelectric-generator-driven pulse electrodeposition for micropatterning. (United States)

    Zhu, Guang; Pan, Caofeng; Guo, Wenxi; Chen, Chih-Yen; Zhou, Yusheng; Yu, Ruomeng; Wang, Zhong Lin


    By converting ambient energy into electricity, energy harvesting is capable of at least offsetting, or even replacing, the reliance of small portable electronics on traditional power supplies, such as batteries. Here we demonstrate a novel and simple generator with extremely low cost for efficiently harvesting mechanical energy that is typically present in the form of vibrations and random displacements/deformation. Owing to the coupling of contact charging and electrostatic induction, electric generation was achieved with a cycled process of contact and separation between two polymer films. A detailed theory is developed for understanding the proposed mechanism. The instantaneous electric power density reached as high as 31.2 mW/cm(3) at a maximum open circuit voltage of 110 V. Furthermore, the generator was successfully used without electric storage as a direct power source for pulse electrodeposition (PED) of micro/nanocrystalline silver structure. The cathodic current efficiency reached up to 86.6%. Not only does this work present a new type of generator that is featured by simple fabrication, large electric output, excellent robustness, and extremely low cost, but also extends the application of energy-harvesting technology to the field of electrochemistry with further utilizations including, but not limited to, pollutant degradation, corrosion protection, and water splitting.

  1. Stimulated generation of superluminal light pulses via four-wave mixing. (United States)

    Glasser, Ryan T; Vogl, Ulrich; Lett, Paul D


    We report on the four-wave mixing of superluminal pulses, in which both the injected and generated pulses involved in the process propagate with negative group velocities. Generated pulses with negative group velocities of up to v(g)=-1/880c are demonstrated, corresponding to the generated pulse's peak exiting the 1.7 cm long medium ≈50 ns earlier than if it had propagated at the speed of light in vacuum, c. We also show that in some cases the seeded pulse may propagate with a group velocity larger than c, and that the generated conjugate pulse peak may exit the medium even earlier than the amplified seed pulse peak. We can control the group velocities of the two pulses by changing the seed detuning and the input seed power.

  2. Computer controlled MHD power consolidation and pulse generation system

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    Johnson, R.; Marcotte, K.; Donnelly, M.


    The major goal of this research project is to establish the feasibility of a power conversion technology which will permit the direct synthesis of computer programmable pulse power. Feasibility has been established in this project by demonstration of direct synthesis of commercial frequency power by means of computer control. The power input to the conversion system is assumed to be a Faraday connected MHD generator which may be viewed as a multi-terminal dc source and is simulated for the purpose of this demonstration by a set of dc power supplies. This consolidation/inversion (CI), process will be referred to subsequently as Pulse Amplitude Synthesis and Control (PASC). A secondary goal is to deliver a controller subsystem consisting of a computer, software, and computer interface board which can serve as one of the building blocks for a possible phase II prototype system. This report period work summarizes the accomplishments and covers the high points of the two year project. 6 refs., 41 figs.

  3. Generating ultra-short energetic pulses with cascaded soliton compression in lithium niobate crystals

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    Zhou, Binbin; Bache, Morten; Chong, A.


    By launching energetic femtosecond pulses in a lithium niobate crystal, the phase mismatched second-harmonic generation process compresses the 50 fs input pulse at 1250 nm to 30 fs through a soliton effect.......By launching energetic femtosecond pulses in a lithium niobate crystal, the phase mismatched second-harmonic generation process compresses the 50 fs input pulse at 1250 nm to 30 fs through a soliton effect....

  4. Anapole nanolasers for mode-locking and ultrafast pulse generation

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    Gongora, J. S. Totero


    Nanophotonics is a rapidly developing field of research with many suggestions for a design of nanoantennas, sensors and miniature metadevices. Despite many proposals for passive nanophotonic devices, the efficient coupling of light to nanoscale optical structures remains a major challenge. In this article, we propose a nanoscale laser based on a tightly confined anapole mode. By harnessing the non-radiating nature of the anapole state, we show how to engineer nanolasers based on InGaAs nanodisks as on-chip sources with unique optical properties. Leveraging on the near-field character of anapole modes, we demonstrate a spontaneously polarized nanolaser able to couple light into waveguide channels with four orders of magnitude intensity than classical nanolasers, as well as the generation of ultrafast (of 100 fs) pulses via spontaneous mode locking of several anapoles. Anapole nanolasers offer an attractive platform for monolithically integrated, silicon photonics sources for advanced and efficient nanoscale circuitry.

  5. Anapole nanolasers for mode-locking and ultrafast pulse generation (United States)

    Totero Gongora, Juan S.; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.; Kivshar, Yuri S.; Fratalocchi, Andrea


    Nanophotonics is a rapidly developing field of research with many suggestions for a design of nanoantennas, sensors and miniature metadevices. Despite many proposals for passive nanophotonic devices, the efficient coupling of light to nanoscale optical structures remains a major challenge. In this article, we propose a nanoscale laser based on a tightly confined anapole mode. By harnessing the non-radiating nature of the anapole state, we show how to engineer nanolasers based on InGaAs nanodisks as on-chip sources with unique optical properties. Leveraging on the near-field character of anapole modes, we demonstrate a spontaneously polarized nanolaser able to couple light into waveguide channels with four orders of magnitude intensity than classical nanolasers, as well as the generation of ultrafast (of 100 fs) pulses via spontaneous mode locking of several anapoles. Anapole nanolasers offer an attractive platform for monolithically integrated, silicon photonics sources for advanced and efficient nanoscale circuitry.

  6. Neonatal testosterone suppresses a neuroendocrine pulse generator required for reproduction (United States)

    Israel, Jean-Marc; Cabelguen, Jean-Marie; Le Masson, Gwendal; Oliet, Stéphane H.; Ciofi, Philippe


    The pituitary gland releases hormones in a pulsatile fashion guaranteeing signalling efficiency. The determinants of pulsatility are poorly circumscribed. Here we show in magnocellular hypothalamo-neurohypophyseal oxytocin (OT) neurons that the bursting activity underlying the neurohormonal pulses necessary for parturition and the milk-ejection reflex is entirely driven by a female-specific central pattern generator (CPG). Surprisingly, this CPG is active in both male and female neonates, but is inactivated in males after the first week of life. CPG activity can be restored in males by orchidectomy or silenced in females by exogenous testosterone. This steroid effect is aromatase and caspase dependent, and is mediated via oestrogen receptor-α. This indicates the apoptosis of the CPG network during hypothalamic sexual differentiation, explaining why OT neurons do not burst in adult males. This supports the view that stereotypic neuroendocrine pulsatility is governed by CPGs, some of which are subjected to gender-specific perinatal programming.

  7. Generation and measurement of pulsed high magnetic field

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    Jana, S


    Pulsed magnetic field has been generated by discharging a capacitor bank through a 5-layer air-core solenoid. The strength of the magnetic field at its peak has been measured using the voltage induced in various pick-up coils, and also from the Zeeman splitting of an ion having a known g value. Synchronizing a xenon flash at the peak of the magnetic field, this lab-made instrument has been made well suited to study the Zeeman effect, etc. at a temperature of 25 K. As an application of this setup, we have investigated the Zeeman splitting of the sup 4 I sub 9 sub / sub 2-> sup 4 G sub 5 sub / sub 2 transition of the Nd sup 3 sup + -doped CsCdCl sub 3 crystal at 7.8 T, and determined the splitting factors.

  8. Modelling hot electron generation in short pulse target heating experiments

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    Sircombe N.J.


    Full Text Available Target heating experiments planned for the Orion laser facility, and electron beam driven fast ignition schemes, rely on the interaction of a short pulse high intensity laser with dense material to generate a flux of energetic electrons. It is essential that the characteristics of this electron source are well known in order to inform transport models in radiation hydrodynamics codes and allow effective evaluation of experimental results and forward modelling of future campaigns. We present results obtained with the particle in cell (PIC code EPOCH for realistic target and laser parameters, including first and second harmonic light. The hot electron distributions are characterised and their implications for onward transport and target heating are considered with the aid of the Monte-Carlo transport code THOR.

  9. Generation of sub-nanosecond pulses using peaking capacitor

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    Madhu Palati


    Full Text Available This paper discusses the analysis, simulation and design of a peaking circuit comprising of a peaking capacitor, spark gap and load circuit. The peaking circuit is used along with a 200 kV, 20 J Marx generator for generation of sub-nanosecond pulses. A high pressure chamber to accommodate the peaking circuit was designed and fabricated and tested upto a pressure of 70 kg/cm2. Total estimated values of the capacitance and inductance of the peaking circuit are 10 pF and 72 nH respectively. At full charging voltage, the peaking capacitor gets charged to a peak voltage of 394.6 kV in 15 ns. The output switch is closed at this instant. From Analysis & Simulation, the output current & rise time (with a matched load of 85 Ω are 2.53 kA and 0.62 ns.

  10. Songbirds use pulse tone register in two voices to generate low-frequency sound

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    Jensen, Kenneth Kragh; Cooper, Brenton G.; Larsen, Ole Næsbye


    , the syrinx, is unknown. We present the first high-speed video records of the intact syrinx during induced phonation. The syrinx of anaesthetized crows shows a vibration pattern of the labia similar to that of the human vocal fry register. Acoustic pulses result from short opening of the labia, and pulse...... generation alternates between the left and right sound sources. Spontaneously calling crows can also generate similar pulse characteristics with only one sound generator. Airflow recordings in zebra finches and starlings show that pulse tone sounds can be generated unilaterally, synchronously...

  11. Flat-top pulse generation by the optical Fourier transform technique for ultrahigh speed signal processing

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    Palushani, Evarist; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Galili, Michael


    This paper reports on the generation of 1.6-ps fullwidth at half-maximum flat-top pulses by the optical Fourier transform technique, and the utilization of these pulses in a 320-Gb/s demultiplexing experiment. It is demonstrated how a narrow pulse having a 15-nm wide third-order super...

  12. Subpicosecond-pulse generation through cross-phase-modulation-induced modulational instability in optical fibers. (United States)

    Gouveia-Neto, A S; Faldon, M E; Sombra, A S; Wigley, P G; Taylor, J R


    We report subpicosecond-pulse generation at 1.319 microm in a single-mode optical fiber by modulational instability induced through cross-phase modulation by 1.06-microm pulses propagating in the normal dispersion regime. Pulse-repetition rates approaching 300 GHz were achieved.

  13. Generation of 25-TW Femtosecond Laser Pulses at 515 nm with Extremely High Temporal Contrast

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    Marco Hornung


    Full Text Available We report on the frequency doubling of femtosecond laser pulses at 1030 nm center wavelength generated from the fully diode-pumped laser system POLARIS. The newly generated pulses at a center wavelength of 515 nm have a pulse energy of 3 J with a pulse duration of 120 fs. On the basis of initially ultra-high contrast seed pulses we expect a temporal intensity contrast better 10 17 200 ps before the peak of the main pulse. We analyzed the temporal intensity contrast from milliseconds to femtoseconds with a dynamic range covering more than 20 orders of magnitude. The pulses were focussed with a f/2-focussing parabola resulting in a peak intensity exceeding 10 20 W / cm 2 . The peak power and intensity are to the best of our knowledge the highest values for 515 nm-laser-pulses achieved so far.

  14. Linear transformer driver for pulse generation with fifth harmonic (United States)

    Mazarakis, Michael G.; Kim, Alexander A.; Sinebryukhov, Vadim A.; Volkov, Sergey N.; Kondratiev, Sergey S.; Alexeenko, Vitaly M.; Bayol, Frederic; Demol, Gauthier; Stygar, William A.; Leckbee, Joshua; Oliver, Bryan V.; Kiefer, Mark L.


    A linear transformer driver includes at least one ferrite ring positioned to accept a load. The linear transformer driver also includes a first, second, and third power delivery module. The first power delivery module sends a first energy in the form of a first pulse to the load. The second power delivery module sends a second energy in the form of a second pulse to the load. The third power delivery module sends a third energy in the form of a third pulse to the load. The linear transformer driver is configured to form a flat-top pulse by the superposition of the first, second, and third pulses. The first, second, and third pulses have different frequencies.

  15. Pulse excitation experiment of a superconducting generator; chodendo hatsudenki no parusu reiki shiken

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    Miyaike, K.; Iimura, T.; Nishimura, M.; Arata, M.; Takabatake, M. [Toshiba Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Yamada, M.; Kanamori, Y.; Hasegawa, K. [Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Osaka (Japan)


    Efficiency improvement, improvement in the stability of electric power system it is miniaturization and weight reduction can be expected in comparison with the traditional-model generator superconducting generator. We produce the small superconducting generator for the experiment experimentally, and performance characteristics verification of the generator is carried out experimentally. This time, pulse excitation test of the superconducting generator was carried out, and the ac loss of the conductor by the pulse excitation investigated the effect on the quenching current. (NEDO)

  16. Graphene based widely-tunable and singly-polarized pulse generation with random fiber lasers (United States)

    Yao, B. C.; Rao, Y. J.; Wang, Z. N.; Wu, Y.; Zhou, J. H.; Wu, H.; Fan, M. Q.; Cao, X. L.; Zhang, W. L.; Chen, Y. F.; Li, Y. R.; Churkin, D.; Turitsyn, S.; Wong, C. W.


    Pulse generation often requires a stabilized cavity and its corresponding mode structure for initial phase-locking. Contrastingly, modeless cavity-free random lasers provide new possibilities for high quantum efficiency lasing that could potentially be widely tunable spectrally and temporally. Pulse generation in random lasers, however, has remained elusive since the discovery of modeless gain lasing. Here we report coherent pulse generation with modeless random lasers based on the unique polarization selectivity and broadband saturable absorption of monolayer graphene. Simultaneous temporal compression of cavity-free pulses are observed with such a polarization modulation, along with a broadly-tunable pulsewidth across two orders of magnitude down to 900 ps, a broadly-tunable repetition rate across three orders of magnitude up to 3 MHz, and a singly-polarized pulse train at 41 dB extinction ratio, about an order of magnitude larger than conventional pulsed fiber lasers. Moreover, our graphene-based pulse formation also demonstrates robust pulse-to-pulse stability and wide-wavelength operation due to the cavity-less feature. Such a graphene-based architecture not only provides a tunable pulsed random laser for fiber-optic sensing, speckle-free imaging, and laser-material processing, but also a new way for the non-random CW fiber lasers to generate widely tunable and singly-polarized pulses.

  17. Gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line generator of high voltage pulses modulated at 4 GHz frequency with 1000 Hz pulse repetition rate (United States)

    Ulmasculov, M. R.; Sharypov, K. A.; Shunailov, S. A.; Shpak, V. G.; Yalandin, M. I.; Pedos, M. S.; Rukin, S. N.


    Results of testing of a generator based on a solid-state drive and the parallel gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines with external bias are presented. Stable rf-modulated high-voltage nanosecond pulses were shaped in each of the four channels in 1 s packets with 1000 Hz repetition frequencies. Pulse amplitude reaches -175 kV, at a modulation depth of rf-oscillations to 50 % and the effective frequency ∼4 GHz.

  18. Femtosecond pulse generation and amplification in Yb-doped fibre ...

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    mode-locking regimes are reviewed and the details of development and characterization of an all-fibre, high-power, ... components. Keywords. All-fibre amplifier; femtosecond pulse; chirped pulse amplification; mode- ... emerging as a promising candidate for high-power all-fibre integrated oscillator– amplifier system which ...

  19. 1000-V, 300-ps pulse-generation circuit using silicon avalanche devices (United States)

    Benzel, D. M.; Pocha, M. D.


    A Marx configured avalanche transistor string and a pulse rise-time peaking diode are used to generate pulses of >1000 V into a 50-Ω load with rise times of less than 300 ps. The trigger delay of this circuit is about 7-10 ns, with jitter <100 ps. This circuit has been used to generate pulses at a repetition rate up to 5 kHz.

  20. Generation of pulsed light in the visible spectral region based on non-linear cavity dumping

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    Johansson, Sandra; Andersen, Martin; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    We propose a novel generic approach for generation of pulsed light in the visible spectrum based on sum-frequency generation between the high circulating intra-cavity power of a high finesse CW laser and a single-passed pulsed laser. For demonstration, we used a CW 1342 nm laser mixed with a pass...

  1. Efficient Femtosecond Mid-infrared Pulse Generation by Dispersive Wave Radiation in Bulk Lithium Niobate Crystal

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    Zhou, Binbin; Guo, Hairun; Bache, Morten


    We experimentally demonstrate efficient mid-infrared pulse generation by dispersive wave radiation in bulk lithium niobate crystal. Femtosecond mid-IR pulses centering from 2.8-2.92 μm are generated using the single pump wavelengths from 1.25-1.45 μm. © 2014 Optical Society of America...

  2. Generating few-cycle pulses for nanoscale photoemission easily with an erbium-doped fiber laser. (United States)

    Thomas, Sebastian; Holzwarth, Ronald; Hommelhoff, Peter


    We demonstrate a simple setup capable of generating four-cycle pulses at a center wavelength of 1700 nm for nanoscale photoemission. Pulses from an amplified erbium-doped fiber laser are spectrally broadened by propagation through a highly non-linear fiber. Subsequently, we exploit dispersion in two different types of glass to compress the pulses. The pulse length is estimated by measuring an interferometric autocorrelation trace and comparing it to a numerical simulation. We demonstrate highly non-linear photoemission of electrons from a nanometric tungsten tip in a hitherto unexplored pulse parameter range.

  3. Modeling of ultrashort pulse generation in mode-locked VECSELs (United States)

    Kilen, I.; Koch, S. W.; Hader, J.; Moloney, J. V.


    We present a study of various models for the mode-locked pulse dynamics in a vertical external-cavity surface emitting laser with a saturable absorber. The semiconductor Bloch equations are used to model microscopically the light-matter interaction and the carrier dynamics. Maxwell's equations describe the pulse propagation. Scattering contributions due to higher order correlation effects are approximated using effective rates that are found from a comparison to solving the microscopic scattering equations on the second Born-Markov level. It is shown that the simulations result in the same mode-locked final state whether the system is initialized with a test pulse close to the final mode-locked pulse or the full field build-up from statistical noise is considered. The influence of the cavity design is studied. The longest pulses are found for a standard V-cavity while a linear cavity and a V-cavity with an high reflectivity mirror in the middle are shown to produce similar, much shorter pulses.

  4. A simple sub-nanosecond ultraviolet light pulse generator with high repetition rate and peak power. (United States)

    Binh, P H; Trong, V D; Renucci, P; Marie, X


    We present a simple ultraviolet sub-nanosecond pulse generator using commercial ultraviolet light-emitting diodes with peak emission wavelengths of 290 nm, 318 nm, 338 nm, and 405 nm. The generator is based on step recovery diode, short-circuited transmission line, and current-shaping circuit. The narrowest pulses achieved have 630 ps full width at half maximum at repetition rate of 80 MHz. Optical pulse power in the range of several hundreds of microwatts depends on the applied bias voltage. The bias voltage dependences of the output optical pulse width and peak power are analysed and discussed. Compared to commercial UV sub-nanosecond generators, the proposed generator can produce much higher pulse repetition rate and peak power.

  5. MOSFET-based high voltage double square-wave pulse generator with an inductive adder configuration

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    Zhao, Xin [State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Zhang, Qiaogen, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Long, Jinghua [College of Physics, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Lei, Yunfei; Liu, Jinyuan [Institute of Optoelectronics, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China)


    This paper presents a fast MOSFET-based solid-state pulse generator for high voltage double square-wave pulses. The generator consists mainly of an inductive adder system stacked of 20 solid-state modules. Each of the modules has 18 power MOSFETs in parallel, which are triggered by individual drive circuits; these drive circuits themselves are synchronously triggered by a signal from avalanche transistors. Our experiments demonstrate that the output pulses with amplitude of 8.1 kV and peak current of about 405 A are available at a load impedance of 20 Ω. The pulse has a double square-wave form with a rise and fall time of 40 ns and 26 ns, respectively and bottom flatness better than 12%. The interval time of the double square-wave pulses can be adjustable by varying the interval time of the trigger pulses.

  6. Generation of an incident focused light pulse in FDTD. (United States)

    Capoğlu, Ilker R; Taflove, Allen; Backman, Vadim


    A straightforward procedure is described for accurately creating an incident focused light pulse in the 3-D finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) electromagnetic simulation of the image space of an aplanatic converging lens. In this procedure, the focused light pulse is approximated by a finite sum of plane waves, and each plane wave is introduced into the FDTD simulation grid using the total-field/scattered-field (TF/SF) approach. The accuracy of our results is demonstrated by comparison with exact theoretical formulas.

  7. Solid-state pulse modulator using Marx generator for a medical linac electron-gun (United States)

    Lim, Heuijin; Hyeok Jeong, Dong; Lee, Manwoo; Lee, Mujin; Yi, Jungyu; Yang, Kwangmo; Ro, Sung Chae


    A medical linac is used for the cancer treatment and consists of an accelerating column, waveguide components, a magnetron, an electron-gun, a pulse modulator, and an irradiation system. The pulse modulator based on hydrogen thyratron-switched pulse-forming network is commonly used in linac. As the improvement of the high power semiconductors in switching speed, voltage rating, and current rating, an insulated gate bipolar transistor has become the more popular device used for pulsed power systems. We propose a solid-state pulse modulator to generator high voltage by multi-stacked storage-switch stages based on the Marx generator. The advantage of our modulator comes from the use of two semiconductors to control charging and discharging of the storage capacitor at each stage and it allows to generate the pulse with various amplitudes, widths, and shapes. In addition, a gate driver for two semiconductors is designed to reduce the control channels and to protect the circuits. It is developed for providing the pulsed power to a medical linac electron-gun that requires 25 kV and 1 A as the first application. In order to improve the power efficiency and achieve the compactness modulator, a capacitor charging power supply, a Marx pulse generator, and an electron-gun heater isolated transformer are constructed and integrated. This technology is also being developed to extend the high power pulsed system with > 1 MW and also other applications such as a plasma immersed ion implantation and a micro pulse electrostatic precipitator which especially require variable pulse shape and high repetition rate > 1 kHz. The paper describes the design features and the construction of this solid-state pulse modulator. Also shown are the performance results into the linac electron-gun.

  8. Layout of NALM fiber laser with adjustable peak power of generated pulses. (United States)

    Smirnov, Sergey; Kobtsev, Sergey; Ivanenko, Alexey; Kokhanovskiy, Alexey; Kemmer, Anna; Gervaziev, Mikhail


    The Letter proposes a new layout of a passively mode-locked fiber laser based on a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror (NALM) with two stretches of active fiber and two independently controlled pump modules. In contrast with conventional NALM configurations using a single piece of active fiber that yields virtually constant peak power, the proposed novel laser features larger than a factor of 2 adjustment range of peak power of generated pulses. The proposed layout also provides independent adjustment of duration and peak power of generated pulses as well as power-independent control of generated pulse spectral width impossible in NALM lasers with a single piece of active fiber.

  9. A piezoelectric pulse generator for low frequency non-harmonic vibration (United States)

    Jiang, Hao; Yeatman, Eric M.


    This paper reports a new piezoelectric prototype for pulse generation by energy harvesting from low frequency non-harmonic vibration. The pulse generator presented here consists of two parts: the electromechanical part and the load circuit. A metal rolling rod is used as the proof mass, moving along the substrate to achieve both actuating of the piezoelectric cantilever by magnetic coupling and self-synchronous switching of the circuit. By using this new approach, the energy from the piezoelectric transduction mechanism is regulated simultaneously when it is extracted. This allows a series of tuneable pulses to be generated, which can be applied to self-powered RF wireless sensor network (WSN) nodes.

  10. Switchable UWB pulse generation using a polarization maintaining fiber Bragg grating as frequency discriminator. (United States)

    Feng, Xinhuan; Li, Zhaohui; Guan, Bai-Ou; Lu, C; Tam, H Y; Wai, P K A


    We propose and successfully demonstrate a novel approach to optically generate ultrawideband (UWB) pulse with switchable shape and polarity by using a polarization-maintaining fiber Bragg grating (PM-FBG) as frequency discriminator. Depending on the shape of the reflective spectrum of the PM-FBG, the system can function as a first- or second-order differentiator for the generation of Gaussian UWB monocycle or doublet pulses. Consequently, the shape and the polarity of the generated UWB pulse can be switched by simple adjustment of a polarization controller (PC). Gaussian monocycle and doublet pulses were successfully obtained with fractional bandwidths of about 188% and 152%, respectively. Higher-order UWB pulses with spectrum covering from 2.9 GHz to 9.8 GHz have also been obtained through adjustment of the PC.

  11. Generation of isolated attosecond pulses by spatial shaping of a femtosecond laser beam

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    Strelkov, V V; Mevel, E; Constant, E [Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications (CELIA), Domaine du Haut-Carre, Universite Bordeaux 1, 43 Rue Pierre Noailles, 33405 Talence (France)], E-mail:


    We present a new method for generating isolated attosecond pulses via high-order harmonic generation in gases. It relies on using collective effects to achieve transient phase-matching which provides both a high efficiency and a strong temporal confinement under specific conditions. By controlling the spatial shape of the fundamental beam and the geometry of the laser-gas interaction, this transient phase matching leads to the generation of isolated broadband attosecond pulses with long driving pulses (10-20 fs) even without controlling their carrier envelope phase. Such laser pulses are becoming available at high energy levels and our approach offers a route to increase the energy of isolated attosecond pulses by orders of magnitude as compared to existing sources.

  12. High power sub-200fs pulse generation from a colliding pulse modelocked VECSEL (United States)

    Laurain, Alexandre; Marah, Declan; Rockmore, Robert; McInerney, John G.; Hader, Jorg; Ruiz Perez, Antje; Koch, Stephan W.; Stolz, Wolfgang; Moloney, Jerome V.


    We present a passive and robust mode-locking scheme for a Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL).We placed the semiconductor gain medium and the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) strategically in a ring cavity to provide a stable colliding pulse operation. With this cavity geometry, the two counter propagating pulses synchronize on the SESAM to saturate the absorber together. This minimizes the energy lost and creates a transient carrier grating due to the interference of the two beams. The interaction of the two counter-propagating pulses in the SESAM is shown to extend the range of the modelocking regime and to enable higher output power when compared to the conventional VECSEL cavity geometry. In this configuration, we demonstrate a pulse duration of 195fs with an average power of 225mW per output beam at a repetition rate of 2.2GHz, giving a peak power of 460W per beam. The remarkable robustness of the modelocking regime is discussed and a rigorous pulse characterization is presented.

  13. Single 100-terawatt attosecond X-ray light pulse generation

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    Xu, X R; Zhang, Y X; Lu, H Y; Zhang, H; Dromey, B; Zhu, S P; Zhou, C T; Zepf, M; He, X T


    The birth of attosecond light sources is expected to inspire a breakthrough in ultrafast optics, which may extend human real-time measurement and control techniques into atomic-scale electronic dynamics. For applications, it is essential to obtain a single attosecond pulse of high intensity, large photon energy and short duration. Here we show that single 100-terawatt attosecond X-ray light pulse with intensity ${1\\times10^{21}}\\textrm{W}/\\textrm{cm}^{{ 2}}$ and duration ${7.9} \\textrm{as}$ can be produced by intense laser irradiation on a capacitor-nanofoil target composed of two separate nanofoils. In the interaction, a strong electrostatic potential develops between two nanofoils, which drags electrons out of the second foil and piles them up in vacuum, forming an ultradense relativistic electron nanobunch. This nanobunch exists in only half a laser cycle and smears out in others, resulting in coherent synchrotron emission of a single pulse. Such an unprecedentedly giant attosecond X-ray pulse may bring us...

  14. Generation of ultrafast pulse via combined effects of stimulated ...

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    β3 governs the effects of third-order dispersion (TOD) and becomes important for ultrashort pulses because of their wide bandwidth. γ = 2πn2/λAAeff is the nonlinear parameter (n2 is the nonlinear coefficient, AAeff is known as the effective core area, λ is the centre wavelength of optical wave), αl is the linear propagation.

  15. Increasing infection rate in multiple implanted pulse generator changes in movement disorder patients treated with deep brain stimulation

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    Thrane, Jens F; Sunde, Niels A; Bergholt, Bo


    Increasing infection rate in multiple implanted pulse generator changes in movement disorder patients treated with deep brain stimulation......Increasing infection rate in multiple implanted pulse generator changes in movement disorder patients treated with deep brain stimulation...

  16. 15-THz pulse generation arising from modulation instability oscillation in a colliding-pulse mode-locking dye laser. (United States)

    Wang, C Y; Baldeck, P L; Budansky, Y; Alfano, R R


    15-THz trains of a few-tens-of-femtoseconds optical pulses were generated by modulation instability oscillation in a colliding-pulse mode-locked dye laser. A repeatable and stable modulation instability regime was obtained with the laser operating in the anomalous-dispersion regime and with a low saturable-absorber concentration. Autocorrelation measurements indicate that subpulses were completely separated in real time. Variations of the modulation with the pump power and the amount of dispersion in the cavity are in good agreement with modulation instability theory.

  17. Supercontinuum generation in highly nonlinear fibers using amplified noise-like optical pulses. (United States)

    Lin, Shih-Shian; Hwang, Sheng-Kwang; Liu, Jia-Ming


    Supercontinuum generation in a highly nonlinear fiber pumped by noise-like pulses from an erbium-doped fiber ring laser is investigated. To generate ultrabroad spectra, a fiber amplifier is used to boost the power launched into the highly nonlinear fiber. After amplification, not only the average power of the noise-like pulses is enhanced but the spectrum of the pulses is also broadened due to nonlinear effects in the fiber amplifier. This leads to a reduction of the peak duration in their autocorrelation trace, suggesting a similar extent of pulse compression; by contrast, the pedestal duration increases only slightly, suggesting that the noise-like characteristic is maintained. By controlling the pump power of the fiber amplifier, the compression ratio of the noise-like pulse duration can be adjusted. Due to the pulse compression, supercontinuum generation with a broader spectrum is therefore feasible at a given average power level of the noise-like pulses launched into the highly nonlinear fiber. As a result, supercontinuum generation with an optical spectrum spanning from 1208 to 2111 nm is achieved using a 1-m nonlinear fiber pumped by amplified noise-like pulses of 15.5 MHz repetition rate at an average power of 202 mW.

  18. Observation of self-pulsing in singly resonant optical second-harmonic generation with competing nonlinearities

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    Bache, Morten; Lodahl, Peter; Mamaev, Alexander V.


    We predict and experimentally observe temporal self-pulsing in singly resonant intracavity second-harmonic generation under conditions of simultaneous parametric oscillation. The threshold for self-pulsing as a function of cavity tuning and phase mismatch are found from analysis of a three-compon...

  19. Optimal pulse-width modulation for sinusoidal fringe generation with projector defocusing: comment. (United States)

    Ayubi, Gastón A; Ferrari, José A


    We comment on a recent Letter [Opt. Lett. 35, 4121 (2010)], in which the authors discuss an optimal pulse-width modulation (OPWM) method for sinusoidal fringe generation. We consider that the comparison of the squared binary method (SBM) and the sinusoidal pulse-width modulation (SPWM) method has considerable deficiencies.

  20. Peculiarities of Efficient Plasma Generation in Air and Water by Short Duration Laser Pulses (United States)

    Adamovsky, Grigory; Floyd, Bertram M.


    We have conducted experiments to demonstrate an efficient generation of plasma discharges by focused nanosecond pulsed laser beams in air and provided recommendations on the design of optical systems to implement such plasma generation. We have also demonstrated generation of the secondary plasma discharge using the unused energy from the primary one. Focused nanosecond pulsed laser beams have also been utilized to generate plasma in water where we observed self-focusing and filamentation. Furthermore, we applied the laser generated plasma to the decomposition of methylene blue dye diluted in water.

  1. Picosecond-pulse generation over 10 GHz repetition rate based on cascaded semiconductor optical amplifiers (United States)

    Tai, Wenlong; Yang, Tianxin; Ge, Chunfeng; Jia, Dongfang


    A cavity-free setup to generate short pulses at high repetition rate is introduced, which is based on four-wave mixing (FWM) in cascaded semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs). High repetition rate picosecond-pulse is important in optical communication and all-optic information processing systems. Cavity-free setup based on SOA means without ring cavity, which is stable and easy to be large-scale integrated. In this paper, we obtain picosecond-pulse around 10GHz repetition rate and the side-mode suppression ratio is 23 dB. Moreover, the repetition rate and center wavelength of optical pulse is tunable.

  2. Generation of multi-octave spanning high-energy pulses by cascaded nonlinear processes in BBO. (United States)

    Kessel, Alexander; Trushin, Sergei A; Karpowicz, Nicholas; Skrobol, Christoph; Klingebiel, Sandro; Wandt, Christoph; Karsch, Stefan


    We present the generation of optical pulses with a spectral range of 500-2400 nm and energies up to 10 µJ at 1 kHz repetition rate by cascaded second-order nonlinear interaction of few-cycle pulses in beta-barium borate (BBO). Numerical simulations with a 1D+time split-step model are performed to explain the experimental findings. The large bandwidth and smooth spectral amplitude of the resulting pulses make them an ideal seed for ultra-broadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification and an attractive source for spectroscopic applications.

  3. Intense ultrashort pulse generation using the JAERI far-infrared free electron laser

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    Nagai, R; Nishimori, N; Kikuzawa, N; Sawamura, M; Minehara, E J


    An intense ultrashort optical pulse has been quasi-continuously generated using a superconducting RF linac-based free-electron laser at a wavelength of 22.5 mu m. The pulse shape and width are measured by second-order optical autocorrelation with a birefringent Te crystal. At synchronism of the optical resonator, the pulse shape is a smooth single pulse with an FWHM width of 255 fs and energy of 74 mu J. A train of subpulses is developed by increasing the desynchronism of the optical resonator. The measured results are in good agreement with numerical simulation.

  4. Ultrashort pulse chirp measurement via transverse second-harmonic generation in strontium barium niobate crystal

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    Trull, J.; Wang, B.; Parra, A.; Vilaseca, R.; Cojocaru, C. [Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear, Universitat Politècnica Catalunya, Terrassa 08222 (Spain); Sola, I. [Grupo de Investigación en Óptica Extrema (GIOE), Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad de Salamanca, Plaza de la Merced s/n, 37008 Salamanca (Spain); Krolikowski, W. [Laser Physics Centre, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Science Program, Texas A and M University at Qatar, Doha (Qatar); Sheng, Y. [Laser Physics Centre, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia)


    Pulse compression in dispersive strontium barium niobate crystal with a random size and distribution of the anti-parallel orientated nonlinear domains is observed via transverse second harmonic generation. The dependence of the transverse width of the second harmonic trace along the propagation direction allows for the determination of the initial chirp and duration of pulses in the femtosecond regime. This technique permits a real-time analysis of the pulse evolution and facilitates fast in-situ correction of pulse chirp acquired in the propagation through an optical system.

  5. High aspect ratio nanoholes in glass generated by femtosecond laser pulses with picosecond intervals (United States)

    Ahn, Sanghoon; Choi, Jiyeon; Noh, Jiwhan; Cho, Sung-Hak


    Because of its potential uses, high aspect ratio nanostructures have been interested for last few decades. In order to generate nanostructures, various techniques have been attempted. Femtosecond laser ablation is one of techniques for generating nanostructures inside a transparent material. For generating nanostructures by femtosecond laser ablation, previous studies have been attempted beam shaping such as Bessel beam and temporal tailored beam. Both methods suppress electron excitation at near surface and initiate interference of photons at certain depth. Recent researches indicate that shape of nanostructures is related with temporal change of electron density and number of self-trapped excitons. In this study, we try to use the temporal change of electron density induced by femtosecond laser pulse for generating high aspect ratio nanoholes. In order to reveal the effect of temporal change of electron density, secondary pulses are irradiated from 100 to 1000 ps after the irradiation of first pulse. Our result shows that diameter of nanoholes is increasing and depth of nanoholes is decreasing as pulse to pulse interval is getting longer. With manipulating of pulse to pulse interval, we could generate high aspect ratio nanoholes with diameter of 250-350 nm and depth of 4∼6 μm inside a glass.

  6. Novel self-accelerating pulses generation via soliton pulses with cubic temporal phases in optical fibers (United States)

    Zhong, Xianqiong; Yang, Ling; Cheng, Ke


    A novel self-accelerating pulse whose shape and spectrum consist of one main lobe and a series of weak decayed side ones is revealed numerically by a hyperbolic-secant soliton pulse with the cubic temporal phase (CTP). This novel self-accelerating pulse is somewhat similar to but never the same as the Airy one. The temporal main lobe is approximate sectioned parabolic curve and its bending direction may change more than once. Depending on different CTPs and soliton orders, the temporal trajectory bending directions, bending angles, bending ranges, bending times, and the concrete trajectory routes are also different. Depending on different CTPs, the spectra may be red- or blue-shifted. For the larger soliton order case, the spectral main lobe may vary its position. The results enable us to engineer the temporal trajectories and the corresponding spectra of the soliton pulses via introducing appropriate CTPs besides the conventional cubic spectral ones. Besides, the soliton order can be an auxiliary control parameter which can compress or stretch some of the temporal lobes.

  7. Short electron bunches generated by perpendicularly crossing laser pulses (United States)

    Horný, Vojtěch; Petržílka, Václav; Klimo, Ondřej; Krůs, Miroslav


    Optical injection of electrons into a laser wakefield accelerator by a low intensity orthogonally colliding laser pulse is investigated using 2D particle-in-cell simulations. The collision of the main laser pulse driving the plasma wave in the cavitated regime and the low intensity injection pulse affects the trajectories of electrons in the crossing region. As a consequence, some electrons are ejected into the front part of the bubble, and these electrons are subsequently trapped in the rear part of the bubble. The injected and accelerated electron bunch reaches a peak energy of 630 MeV after 8 ps of acceleration being as short as 7.0 fs and is quasimonoenergetic with a low energy spread of 20 MeV (3.8%), having a charge of several dozens of pC and a relatively large emittance of 2.27 π . mm . mrad. Two main injection mechanisms—crossing beatwave injection and injection by laser field preacceleration—were identified.

  8. Pulse-periodic generation of supershort avalanche electron beams and X-ray emission (United States)

    Baksht, E. Kh.; Burachenko, A. G.; Erofeev, M. V.; Tarasenko, V. F.


    Pulse-periodic generation of supershort avalanche electron beams (SAEBs) and X-ray emission in nitrogen, as well as the transition from a single-pulse mode to a pulse-periodic mode with a high repetition frequency, was studied experimentally. It is shown that, in the pulse-periodic mode, the full width at halfmaximum of the SAEB is larger and the decrease rate of the gap voltage is lower than those in the single-pulse mode. It is found that, when the front duration of the voltage pulse at a nitrogen pressure of 90 Torr decreases from 2.5 to 0.3 ns, the X-ray exposure dose in the pulse-periodic mode increases by more than one order of magnitude and the number of SAEB electrons also increases. It is shown that, in the pulse-periodic mode of a diffuse discharge, gas heating in the discharge gap results in a severalfold increase in the SAEB amplitude (the number of electrons in the beam). At a generator voltage of 25 kV, nitrogen pressure of 90 Torr, and pulse repetition frequency of 3.5 kHz, a runaway electron beam was detected behind the anode foil.

  9. A low-cost programmable pulse generator for physiology and behavior. (United States)

    Sanders, Joshua I; Kepecs, Adam


    Precisely timed experimental manipulations of the brain and its sensory environment are often employed to reveal principles of brain function. While complex and reliable pulse trains for temporal stimulus control can be generated with commercial instruments, contemporary options remain expensive and proprietary. We have developed Pulse Pal, an open source device that allows users to create and trigger software-defined trains of voltage pulses with high temporal precision. Here we describe Pulse Pal's circuitry and firmware, and characterize its precision and reliability. In addition, we supply online documentation with instructions for assembling, testing and installing Pulse Pal. While the device can be operated as a stand-alone instrument, we also provide application programming interfaces in several programming languages. As an inexpensive, flexible and open solution for temporal control, we anticipate that Pulse Pal will be used to address a wide range of instrumentation timing challenges in neuroscience research.

  10. A low-cost programmable pulse generator for physiology and behavior

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    Joshua I Sanders


    Full Text Available Precisely timed experimental manipulations of the brain and its sensory environment are often employed to reveal principles of brain function. While complex and reliable pulse trains for temporal stimulus control can be generated with commercial instruments, contemporary options remain expensive and proprietary. We have developed Pulse Pal, an open source device that allows users to create and trigger software-defined trains of voltage pulses with high temporal precision. Here we describe Pulse Pal’s circuitry and firmware, and characterize its precision and reliability. In addition, we supply online documentation with instructions for assembling, testing and installing Pulse Pal. While the device can be operated as a stand-alone instrument, we also provide application programming interfaces in several programming languages. As an inexpensive, flexible and open solution for temporal control, we anticipate that Pulse Pal will be used to address a wide range of instrumentation timing challenges in neuroscience research.

  11. Frequency-time diagram of partial discharge pulses recorded on large generators

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    Kartalović Nenad


    Full Text Available This paper analyses the use of equivalent frequency-equivalent time diagram (FT diagram of partial discharge (PD pulses, regarding voltage and charge pulses. The described approach is widely used for large generators insulation testing purposes. For sake of clarity the certain types of partial discharge phenomena in insulation of electric machines are described and explained. The contemporary FT analysis of PD pulses is based on equivalent frequency and equivalent pulse time width derived by signal processing techniques and calculations. The numerical simulation derived and experimentally derived results are compared and evaluated for each kind of PD pulses (voltage or charge pulses. Next, the high voltage (HV device with distributed parameters connected to HV voltage source is simulated. The parameters used in the simulation correspond to one real large synchronous generator. The obtained results lead us to the conclusion that the processing of the strain of PD charge pulses gives much more accurate results than the processing of the strain of PD voltage pulses. The experiment conducted on a large hydro generator confirmed the previous conclusions. At a same time, the sources of recorded results dispersion are shown and explained.

  12. White light continuum generation in sapphire using two-coloured femtosecond laser pulses


    Čepėnas, Augustas


    A wide spectrum of laser radiation is useful for two reasons: wider spectrum allows generation of shorter laser pulses, meanwhile, in pump-probe spectroscopy it is prefered to cover the largest possible spectral range with the same source. This work explores white light continuum generation using two-colored (wavelength of 1030 nm and 515 nm) femtosecond laser pulses. Combining these two white light continuums should expand radiation spectrum. However, this research shows that white light con...

  13. Multiwavelength 25-GHz picosecond pulse generation with phase modulation and double-side Mamyshev reshaping. (United States)

    Huo, Li; Li, Hongfeng; Wang, Dong; Wang, Qiang; Lou, Caiyun


    We demonstrate a simple, robust, and cost-effective method of generating high-speed multiwavelength picosecond optical pulses. This method is based on chirp compression of phase-modulated light, followed by nonlinear pulse compression and reshaping with a double-side Mamyshev reshaper. We show that this method becomes power efficient when the repetition rate is increased to 25 GHz. Wavelength-tunable optical pulses with a repetition rate of 25 GHz and pulse width of ∼2  ps, which can be temporally multiplexed to 100 GHz, are experimentally obtained over a large spectral range with moderate electrical and optical power. Simultaneous pulse generation on four wavelengths is demonstrated.

  14. Understanding of self-terminating pulse generation using silicon controlled rectifier and RC load

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    Chang, Chris, E-mail:; Karunasiri, Gamani, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943 (United States); Alves, Fabio, E-mail: [Alion Science and Technology at NPS, Monterey, CA 93943 (United States)


    Recently a silicon controlled rectifier (SCR)-based circuit that generates self-terminating voltage pulses was employed for the detection of light and ionizing radiation in pulse mode. The circuit consisted of a SCR connected in series with a RC load and DC bias. In this paper, we report the investigation of the physics underlying the pulsing mechanism of the SCR-based. It was found that during the switching of SCR, the voltage across the capacitor increased beyond that of the DC bias, thus generating a reverse current in the circuit, which helped to turn the SCR off. The pulsing was found to be sustainable only for a specific range of RC values depending on the SCR’s intrinsic turn-on/off times. The findings of this work will help to design optimum SCR based circuits for pulse mode detection of light and ionizing radiation without external amplification circuitry.

  15. The generation of warm dense matter samples using pulsed-power generators (United States)

    Gourdain, P. A.; Seyler, C. E.; Knapp, P. F.


    Warm dense matter (WDM) bridges the gap between plasma and condensed matter, with densities similar to that of a solid, but temperature on the order of 1 eV. WDM is key to understanding the formation of gaseous giants, Mega-Earths, planetary collisions and inertial fusion implosions. Yet, the quantum properties of WDM and how they are expressed at the macroscopic level are mostly unknown. This paper uses 3-dimensional numerical simulations to show that cm-scale WDM samples can be generated by pulsed-power machines using a fast plasma closing switch, which virtually eliminates the mixing of WDM with other states of matter, allowing the measurement of its physical properties using line average diagnostics. A pre-ionized gas puff is imploded onto a central metal rod. Initially, most of the discharge current flows inside the gas shell. When the shell reaches the rod the full current switches to the rod in less than 10 ns. The subsequent compression produces WDM. We will discuss how an existing platform to generate cm-scale WDM at 20MA on the Z-machine at Sandia National Laboratories. This research is sponsored by DOE.

  16. Coherent hard x rays from attosecond pulse train-assisted harmonic generation. (United States)

    Klaiber, Michael; Hatsagortsyan, Karen Z; Müller, Carsten; Keitel, Christoph H


    High-order harmonic generation from atomic systems is considered in the crossed fields of a relativistically strong infrared laser and a weak attosecond pulse train of soft x rays. Due to one-photon ionization by the x-ray pulse, the ionized electron obtains a starting momentum that compensates the relativistic drift, which is induced by the laser magnetic field, and allows the electron to efficiently emit harmonic radiation upon recombination with the atomic core in the relativistic regime. This way, short pulses of coherent hard x rays of up to 40 keV energy can be generated.

  17. [Negative air ions generated by plants upon pulsed electric field stimulation applied to soil]. (United States)

    Wu, Ren-ye; Deng, Chuan-yuan; Yang, Zhi-jian; Weng, Hai-yong; Zhu, Tie-jun-rong; Zheng, Jin-gui


    This paper investigated the capacity of plants (Schlumbergera truncata, Aloe vera var. chinensis, Chlorophytum comosum, Schlumbergera bridgesii, Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. friedrichii, Aspidistra elatior, Cymbidium kanran, Echinocactus grusonii, Agave americana var. marginata, Asparagus setaceus) to generate negative air ions (NAI) under pulsed electric field stimulation. The results showed that single plant generated low amounts of NAI in natural condition. The capacity of C. comosum and G. mihanovichii var. friedrichii generated most NAI among the above ten species, with a daily average of 43 ion · cm(-3). The least one was A. americana var. marginata with the value of 19 ion · cm(-3). When proper pulsed electric field stimulation was applied to soil, the NAI of ten plant species were greatly improved. The effect of pulsed electric field u3 (average voltage over the pulse period was 2.0 x 10(4) V, pulse frequency was 1 Hz, and pulse duration was 50 ms) was the greatest. The mean NAI concentration of C. kanran was the highest 1454967 ion · cm(-3), which was 48498.9 times as much as that in natural condition. The lowest one was S. truncata with the value of 34567 ion · cm(-3), which was 843.1 times as much as that in natural condition. The capacity of the same plants to generate negative air ion varied extremely under different intensity pulsed electric fields.

  18. Pulse Capacitors for Next Generation Linear Colliders. Final Report

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    Hooker, M.W.


    During this Phase I SBIR research program, Nanomaterials Research Corporation (NRC) successfully demonstrated high-voltage multilayer capacitors produced from sub-100 nm ceramic powders. The devices produced by NRC exhibited properties that make them particularly useful for pulse power applications. These properties include (1) high capacitance (2) low loss (3) high breakdown voltage (4) high insulation resistance and (5) rapid discharge characteristics. Furthermore, the properties of the nanostructured capacitors were consistently found to exceed those of components that represent the state of the art within the industry. Encouraged by these results, NRC is planning to submit a Phase II proposal with the objective of securing seed capital to continue this development effort.

  19. A Novel Low-Ringing Monocycle Picosecond Pulse Generator Based on Step Recovery Diode (United States)

    Zhou, Jianming; Yang, Xiao; Lu, Qiuyuan; Liu, Fan


    This paper presents a high-performance low-ringing ultra-wideband monocycle picosecond pulse generator, formed using a step recovery diode (SRD), simulated in ADS software and generated through experimentation. The pulse generator comprises three parts, a step recovery diode, a field-effect transistor and a Schottky diode, used to eliminate the positive and negative ringing of pulse. Simulated results validate the design. Measured results indicate an output waveform of 1.88 peak-to-peak amplitude and 307ps pulse duration with a minimal ringing of -22.5 dB, providing good symmetry and low level of ringing. A high degree of coordination between the simulated and measured results is achieved. PMID:26308450

  20. Nine-channel mid-power bipolar pulse generator based on a field programmable gate array

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    Haylock, Ben, E-mail:; Lenzini, Francesco; Kasture, Sachin; Fisher, Paul; Lobino, Mirko [Centre for Quantum Dynamics, Griffith University, Brisbane (Australia); Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane (Australia); Streed, Erik W. [Centre for Quantum Dynamics, Griffith University, Brisbane (Australia); Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, Gold Coast (Australia)


    Many channel arbitrary pulse sequence generation is required for the electro-optic reconfiguration of optical waveguide networks in Lithium Niobate. Here we describe a scalable solution to the requirement for mid-power bipolar parallel outputs, based on pulse patterns generated by an externally clocked field programmable gate array. Positive and negative pulses can be generated at repetition rates up to 80 MHz with pulse width adjustable in increments of 1.6 ns across nine independent outputs. Each channel can provide 1.5 W of RF power and can be synchronised with the operation of other components in an optical network such as light sources and detectors through an external clock with adjustable delay.

  1. A Novel Low-Ringing Monocycle Picosecond Pulse Generator Based on Step Recovery Diode.

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    Jianming Zhou

    Full Text Available This paper presents a high-performance low-ringing ultra-wideband monocycle picosecond pulse generator, formed using a step recovery diode (SRD, simulated in ADS software and generated through experimentation. The pulse generator comprises three parts, a step recovery diode, a field-effect transistor and a Schottky diode, used to eliminate the positive and negative ringing of pulse. Simulated results validate the design. Measured results indicate an output waveform of 1.88 peak-to-peak amplitude and 307ps pulse duration with a minimal ringing of -22.5 dB, providing good symmetry and low level of ringing. A high degree of coordination between the simulated and measured results is achieved.

  2. High peak power green light generation by frequency doubling of a superluminescent pulse amplifier system (United States)

    Hao, He; Zhang, Haitao; He, Linlu; Gao, Gan; Gong, Mali


    We present an approach for green laser-light generation based on a fiber superluminescent pulse amplification system and frequency doubling to 552 nm with a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal. The SPA system used in the experiment is capable of yielding 6-nm-bandwidth, 10 ns pulsees. The 10-mm-long PPLN with 6.95 μm period and 0.5 mm thick generated high-power green light with single pulse energy up to 5.49 μJ when hte broadband input pulse coherence characteristics of the superluminescent pulse amplifier and the frequency doubling. This generated green light has proved to have low speckle noise and low photon degeneracy.

  3. A capacitor discharge, quasi-trapezoidal pulse generator for particle extraction

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    Bonthond, J


    In the CERN SPS Accelerator two methods for particle extraction are used. One of these methods, called Slow Extraction, delivers extracted beams with a duration of up to several seconds to the majority of experiments. The other one, the Fast Resonant Extraction, providing particle bursts with a duration of a few milliseconds, is used for neutrino experiments. For the latter kind of extraction a quadrupole magnet is installed, which is connected to a high voltage pulse generator delivering quasi-trapezoïdal current pulses. The pulse generator is a capacitor discharge system generating current pulses, with a rising slope having 2 different gradients, of which the second one is approximately zero. The falling slope is obtained through natural decay in a freewheel circuit. The use of modern GTO (Gate Turn Off) power switches resulted in a much simpler circuit than the use of standard thyristors would have permitted.

  4. Neutron generator burst timing measured using a pulse shape discrimination plastic scintillator with silicon photomultiplier readout (United States)

    Preston, R. M.; Eberhardt, J. E.; Tickner, J. R.


    An EJ-299-34 plastic scintillator with silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) readout was used to measure the fast neutron output of a pulsed Thermo-Fisher A-325 Deuterium-Tritium sealed tube neutron generator (STNG). The SiPM signals were handled by a prototype digital pulse processing system, based on a free-running analogue to digital converter feeding a digital signal processor (DSP). Pulse shape discrimination was used to distinguish between detected fast-neutrons and gammas. Pulse detection, timing, energy and shape were all processed by the DSP in real-time. The time-dependency of the neutron output of the STNG was measured for various pulsing schemes. The switch-on characteristics of the tube strongly depended on the operating settings, with the delay between pulse turn-on and the production of neutrons ranging between 13 μs to 74 μs for the tested pulse rates and duty cycles. This work will facilitate the optimization and modeling of apparatus that use the neutron generator's pulsing abilities.

  5. Generation of bright isolated attosecond soft X-ray pulses driven by multicycle midinfrared lasers. (United States)

    Chen, Ming-Chang; Mancuso, Christopher; Hernández-García, Carlos; Dollar, Franklin; Galloway, Ben; Popmintchev, Dimitar; Huang, Pei-Chi; Walker, Barry; Plaja, Luis; Jaroń-Becker, Agnieszka A; Becker, Andreas; Murnane, Margaret M; Kapteyn, Henry C; Popmintchev, Tenio


    High harmonic generation driven by femtosecond lasers makes it possible to capture the fastest dynamics in molecules and materials. However, to date the shortest subfemtosecond (attosecond, 10(-18) s) pulses have been produced only in the extreme UV region of the spectrum below 100 eV, which limits the range of materials and molecular systems that can be explored. Here we experimentally demonstrate a remarkable convergence of physics: when midinfrared lasers are used to drive high harmonic generation, the conditions for optimal bright, soft X-ray generation naturally coincide with the generation of isolated attosecond pulses. The temporal window over which phase matching occurs shrinks rapidly with increasing driving laser wavelength, to the extent that bright isolated attosecond pulses are the norm for 2-µm driving lasers. Harnessing this realization, we experimentally demonstrate the generation of isolated soft X-ray attosecond pulses at photon energies up to 180 eV for the first time, to our knowledge, with a transform limit of 35 attoseconds (as), and a predicted linear chirp of 300 as. Most surprisingly, advanced theory shows that in contrast with as pulse generation in the extreme UV, long-duration, 10-cycle, driving laser pulses are required to generate isolated soft X-ray bursts efficiently, to mitigate group velocity walk-off between the laser and the X-ray fields that otherwise limit the conversion efficiency. Our work demonstrates a clear and straightforward approach for robustly generating bright isolated attosecond pulses of electromagnetic radiation throughout the soft X-ray region of the spectrum.

  6. Generation, shaping, compression, characterization and application of intense ultrashort laser pulses

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    Cheng, Z


    Recently, the development of intense ultrashort laser pulses has attracted much interest because of their significant applications in many fields of science and technology. This thesis contributes to the generation, shaping, compression, characterization and application of intense ultrashort laser pulses as follows: 1. Laser pulses of 17.5-fs with a peak power of 0.1-TW at 1-kHz repetition rate have been generated by a compact single-stage ten-pass Ti:sapphire amplifier system with a high-order-dispersion-mirror compensator and a spectral shaping for the first time. The experimental results are in reasonable agreement with numerical calculations. 2. The first experimental study on arbitrary shaping of intense ultrashort pulses has been conducted in a kHz amplifier system capable of generating 27 fs pulses by using an acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter (AOPDF). 17-fs transform-limited pulses have been achieved and arbitrary shaping of these 17-fs pulses has been demonstrated both in the temporal and ...

  7. Optical transponder DC probe [for pulsed power generator

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    Thompson, M C


    The Atlas Pulse Power, Marx Bank will produce significant electromagnetic interference potential (EMI) via its 192 spark-gaps and trigger systems (36 more spark gaps). The authors have a need to measure DC charge components to a fair degree of accuracy during charge to ensure a safe and balanced system. Isolation from elevated- deck and/or high EMI environments during DC voltage or current measurement has classically been approached using frequency modulation (FM) of an imposed carrier on an optical fiber coupled system. There are shortcomings in most systems that can generally be compensated for by various means. In their application of remote sensing, the power to run this remote probe was a central issue. As such the authors took another approach to monitor the DC charge record for the Atlas' Marx banks. (0 refs).

  8. Pulsewidth optimisation for transformer-coupled transcutaneous current pulse generation. (United States)

    Kolen, P T


    A general theoretical approach for the determination of the optimum pulsewidth used for TENS/EMS/FES is presented. Analysis based on the interaction between a step-up transformer-coupled nerve stimulator and an electrode-tissue load modelled as a simple lossy capacitive load results in excellent agreement between the predicted and measured performance. The analysis shows that, by adjusting the pulsewidth (PW) of a push-pull symmetric square waveform such that PW = 4.5 tau, the total charge delivered to the tissue load can be minimised without impacting the efficiency of the nerve stimulation. Additionally, by minimising the charge exchange supported portion of the current pulse, which is primarily responsible for the pH shift and subsequent tissue burning with long-term use, the latter can be reduced to an acceptable level.

  9. Mechanisms That Generate Resource Pulses in a Fluctuating Wetland.

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    Bryan A Botson

    Full Text Available Animals living in patchy environments may depend on resource pulses to meet the high energetic demands of breeding. We developed two primary a priori hypotheses to examine relationships between three categories of wading bird prey biomass and covariates hypothesized to affect the concentration of aquatic fauna, a pulsed resource for breeding wading bird populations during the dry season. The fish concentration hypothesis proposed that local-scale processes concentrate wet-season fish biomass into patches in the dry season, whereas the fish production hypothesis states that the amount of dry-season fish biomass reflects fish biomass production during the preceding wet season. We sampled prey in drying pools at 405 sites throughout the Florida Everglades between December and May from 2006-2010 to test these hypotheses. The models that explained variation in dry-season fish biomass included water-level recession rate, wet-season biomass, microtopography, submerged vegetation, and the interaction between wet-season biomass and recession rate. Crayfish (Procambarus spp. biomass was positively associated with wet-season crayfish biomass, moderate water depth, dense submerged aquatic vegetation, thin flocculent layer and a short interval of time since the last dry-down. Grass shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus biomass increased with increasing rates of water level recession, supporting our impression that shrimp, like fish, form seasonal concentrations. Strong support for wet-season fish and crayfish biomass in the top models confirmed the importance of wet-season standing stock to concentrations of fish and crayfish the following dry season. Additionally, the importance of recession rate and microtopography showed that local scale abiotic factors transformed fish production into the high quality foraging patches on which apex predators depended.

  10. Subfemtosecond pulse synthesis via coherent broadband generation in Raman-active crystal (United States)

    Shutova, Mariia; Zhdanova, Alexandra; Sokolov, Alexei


    Subfemtosecond single- or sub-cycle broadband pulses of light are under active study because of their many applications; for example, detecting electron drift and atomic ionization; moreover, single cycle pulses offer the possibility of optical arbitrary waveform generation. Our group works on synthesizing such ultrashort pulses in ultraviolet-visible-near infrared range by making use of broadband generation in a Raman-active crystal. We have previously proven that the multi-color Raman sidebands generated in this way are mutually coherent and thus can be recombined to obtain ultrashort pulses of broadband radiation by proper phase alignment. We present a setup scheme which uses dichroic mirrors to combine near infrared pump and Stokes beams along with several sidebands in visible range in one beam in collinear scheme and control the phase of each sideband with nanometer precision. Finally, we examine the relative phase between each sideband by analyzing the beating of SHG and SFG signals generated in BBO crystal, moreover, the subfemtosecond duration of resultant pulse can be proved by looking at multiphoton ionization of xenon gas, since it has been shown that the ion yield is related to the duration of the pulse. The work is supported by NSF(Grant No.PHY-1307153 and CHE-1609608);Robert A.Welch Foundation (Grant A1547); Office of Naval Research Award(N00014-16-1-2578). M.S. thanks Herman F.Heep and Minnie Belle Heep TAMU Endowed Fund administered by the TAMU Foundation.

  11. Numerical study of fourth-harmonic generation of a picosecond laser pulse with time predelay

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    Zhang, T.; Kato, Y.; Daido, H. [Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Yamada-oka 2-6, Suita, Osaka 565 (Japan)


    We describe fourth-harmonic generation of a picosecond laser pulse with KDP crystals. The coupled nonlinear equations for the parametric process including the third-order nonlinear susceptibility have been solved. Applying a time predelay in the doubling crystal between the extraordinary and the ordinary waves of the fundamental pulse causes the group-velocity mismatch and the nonlinear phase shift in the doubling crystal to be compensated for each other, resulting in pulse duration compression at the fourth-harmonic wavelength. It is shown that the reduction from a 1-ps fundamental pulse to a 0.25-ps fourth-harmonic pulse can be achieved at an incident intensity of 50 GW/cm{sup 2}. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  12. Narrowband terahertz generation with chirped-and-delayed laser pulses in periodically poled lithium niobate. (United States)

    Ahr, Frederike; Jolly, Spencer W; Matlis, Nicholas H; Carbajo, Sergio; Kroh, Tobias; Ravi, Koustuban; Schimpf, Damian N; Schulte, Jan; Ishizuki, Hideki; Taira, Takunori; Maier, Andreas R; Kärtner, Franz X


    We generate narrowband terahertz (THz) radiation in periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystals using two chirped-and-delayed driver pulses from a high-energy Ti:sapphire laser. The generated frequency is determined by the phase-matching condition in the PPLN and influences the temporal delay of the two pulses for efficient terahertz generation. We achieve internal conversion efficiencies up to 0.13% as well as a record multicycle THz energy of 40 μJ at 0.544 THz in a cryogenically cooled PPLN.

  13. Criteria for fluxon generation in long Josephson junctions by current pulses

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    Sakai, S.; Samuelsen, Mogens Rugholm


    In recent measurements in the time domain on the fluxon shape in long Josephson junctions the fluxons were generated by a current pulse injected into one end. We present here a perturbation treatment of the fluxon generation which we compare with numerical experiments. The agreement turns out to ...... to be excellent. Applied Physics Letters is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  14. High-energy infrared femtosecond pulses generated by dual-chirped optical parametric amplification. (United States)

    Fu, Yuxi; Takahashi, Eiji J; Midorikawa, Katsumi


    We demonstrate high-energy infrared femtosecond pulse generation by a dual-chirped optical parametric amplification (DC-OPA) scheme [Opt. Express19, 7190 (2011)]. By employing a 100 mJ pump laser, a signal pulse energy exceeding 20 mJ at a wavelength of 1.4 μm was achieved before dispersion compensation. A total output energy of 33 mJ was recorded. Under a further energy scaling condition, the signal pulse was compressed to an almost transform-limited duration of 27 fs using a fused silica prism compressor. Since the DC-OPA scheme is efficient and energy scalable, design parameters for obtaining 100 mJ level infrared pulses are presented, which are suitable as driver lasers for the energy scaling of high-order harmonic generation with sub-keV photon energy.

  15. Ultrabroadband 50-130 THz pulses generated via phase-matcheddifference frequency mixing in LiIO3

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    Zentgraf, Thomas; Huber, Rupert; Nielsen, Nils C.; Chemla, DanielS.; Kaindl, Robert A.


    We report the generation of ultrabroadband pulses spanningthe 50-130 THz frequency range via phase-matched difference frequencymixing within the broad spectrum of sub-10 fs pulses in LiIO_3. Modelcalculations reproduce the octave-spanning spectra and predict few-cycleTHz pulse durations less than 20~;fs. The applicability of this scheme isdemonstrated with 9-fs pulses from a Ti:sapphire oscillator and with 7-fsamplified pulses from a hollow fiber compressor as pumpsources.

  16. New model for ultracompact coaxial Marx pulse generator simulations (United States)

    Martin, Benoît; Raymond, Pierre; Wey, Joseph


    This article describes a new simulation model developed with PSPICE in order to improve the ultra compact Marx generators designed at the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL). The proposed model is based on a Marx elementary unit and is an equivalent electric circuit that matches the actual configuration of the generator. It consists of a structural description of the elementary stage of a Marx generator including stray components. It also includes a behavioral model of the spark gap switches based on the Vlastos formula determining the arc resistance value. The prebreakdown delay is also taken into account. Experimental data have been used to validate the results of the simulations. An original indirect measurement, allowing the estimation of the spark gap resistance, is also proposed.

  17. Mechanism and Simulation of Generating Pulsed Strong Magnetic Field (United States)

    Yang, Xian-Jun; Wang, Shuai-Chuang; Deng, Ai-Dong; Gu, Zhuo-Wei; Luo, Hao


    A strong magnetic field (over 1000 T) was recently experimentally produced at the Academy of Engineering Physics in China. The theoretical methods, which include a simple model and MHD code, are discussed to investigate the physical mechanism and dynamics of generating the strong magnetic field. The analysis and simulation results show that nonlinear magnetic diffusion contributes less as compared to the linear magnetic diffusion. This indicates that the compressible hydrodynamic effect and solid imploding compression may have a large influence on strong magnetic field generation.

  18. Burst train generator of high energy femtosecond laser pulses for driving heat accumulation effect during micromachining. (United States)

    Rezaei, Saeid; Li, Jianzhao; Herman, Peter R


    A new method for generating high-repetition-rate (12.7-38.2 MHz) burst trains of femtosecond laser pulses has been demonstrated for the purpose of tailoring ultrashort laser interactions in material processing that can harness the heat accumulation effect among pulses separated by a short interval (i.e., 26 ns). Computer-controlled time delays were applied to synchronously trigger the high frequency switching of a high voltage Pockels cell to specify distinctive values of polarization rotation for each round-trip of a laser pulse cycling within a passive resonator. Polarization dependent output coupling facilitated the flexible shaping of the burst envelope profile to provide burst trains of up to ∼1  mJ of burst energy divided over a selectable number (1 to 25) of pulses. Individual pulses of variable energy up to 150 μJ and with pulse duration tunable over 70 fs to 2 ps, were applied in burst trains to generate deep and high aspect ratio holes that could not form with low-repetition-rate laser pulses.

  19. Ultrafast pulse generation in integrated arrays of anapole nanolasers

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    Gongora, J. S. Totero


    One of the main challenges in photonics is the integration of ultrafast coherent sources in silicon compatible platforms at the nanoscale [1]. Generally, the emission of ultra-short pulses is achieved by synchronizing the cavity modes of the system via external active components, such as, e.g., Q-switch or saturable absorbers. Consequently, the required optical setups are complex and difficult to integrate on-chip. To address these difficulties, we propose a novel type of integrated source based on the spontaneous synchronization of several near-field nanolasers. We design our near-field lasers by considering the nonlinear amplification of non-radiating Anapole modes [2]. Anapoles represent an intriguing non-conventional state of radiation, whose excitation is responsible for the formation of scattering suppression states in dielectric nanostructures [3]. Due to their inherent near-field emission properties, an ensemble of anapole-based nanolasers represent an ideal candidate to investigate and tailor spontaneous synchronization phenomena in a silicon-compatible framework. Additionally, their mutual non-linear interaction can be precisely controlled within standard nanofabrication tolerances.

  20. Controllable nonlocal behaviour by cascaded second-harmonic generation of fs pulses

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    Bache, Morten; Bang, Ole; Krolikowski, Wieslaw


    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) of ultra-short pulses can act as a prototypical nonlocal nonlinear model, since the strength and nature of the temporal nonlocality can be controlled through the phase-mismatch parameter. The presence of a group-velocity mismatch namely implies that when the phase...... compression to few-cycle pulses in the cascaded quadratic soliton compressor, the spectral content of the full coupled SHG model is predicted by the nonlocal model even when few-cycle pulses are interacting....

  1. Investigation of white light continuum generated using two-wavelength femtosecond laser pulses


    Nemuraitė, Indrė


    White light continuum generation is a process which occurs when an intense ultrashort laser pulse is focused into a nonlinear medium. Because of the light matter interaction pump pulse undergoes significant spectral broadening. Main mechanisms causing this is self focusing and self phase modulation. Supercontinuum spectrum has both spatial and temporal coherence, because of these properties it has a wide variety of applications in microscopy, spectroscopy and metrology. Broad supercontinuum s...

  2. Nonlinear generation of sound pulses in the solar atmosphere

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    Petrukhin, N.S.; Fainshtein, S.M.


    The nonlinear interaction of two opposed Alfven waves in the horizontal part of a coronal arch will produce an efficient generation of acoustic waves with a period of approximately 10/sup 3/ sec. This effect might serve to explain the quasiperiodic pulsations.

  3. Pulse generation and compression using an asymmetrical porous ...

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    Nov 3, 2016 ... Recently, silicon waveguides (SW) have attracted con- siderable attention owing to their potential applications in integrated optoelectronics. Using SWs, many optical functions, such as laser modulation [1], amplification. [2], wavelength conversion [3], signal generation [4], soliton switching [5], and slow light ...

  4. Generating picosecond x-ray pulses in synchrotron light sources using dipole kickers

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    W. Guo


    Full Text Available The duration of the x-ray pulse generated at a synchrotron light source is typically tens of picoseconds. Shorter pulses are highly desired by the users. In electron storage rings, the vertical beam size is usually orders of magnitude less than the bunch length due to radiation damping; therefore, a shorter pulse can be obtained by slitting the vertically tilted bunch. Zholents proposed tilting the bunch using rf deflection. We found that tilted bunches can also be generated by a dipole magnet kick. A vertical tilt is developed after the kick in the presence of nonzero chromaticity. The tilt was successfully observed and a 4.2-ps pulse was obtained from a 27-ps electron bunch at the Advanced Photon Source. Based on this principle, we propose a short-pulse generation scheme that produces picosecond x-ray pulses at a repetition rate of 1–2 kHz, which can be used for pump-probe experiments.

  5. High-energy Few-cycle Pulses Directly Generated from Strongly Phase-mismatched Lithium Niobate Crystal

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    Zhou, Binbin; Chong, A.; Wise, F.W.


    We show that effective soliton compression can be realized in strongly phase-mismatched quadratic media. Sub-15 fs pulses are experimentally generated directly from 10-mm-long bulk lithium niobate crystal by 120-fs input pulses at 1300 nm.......We show that effective soliton compression can be realized in strongly phase-mismatched quadratic media. Sub-15 fs pulses are experimentally generated directly from 10-mm-long bulk lithium niobate crystal by 120-fs input pulses at 1300 nm....

  6. An all-solid-state microsecond-range quasi-square pulse generator based on fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer and anti-resonance network. (United States)

    Chen, Rong; Yang, Jianhua; Cheng, Xinbing; Pan, Zilong


    High voltage pulse generators are widely applied in a number of fields. Defense and industrial applications stimulated intense interests in the area of pulsed power technology towards the system with high power, high repetition rate, solid state characteristics, and compact structure. An all-solid-state microsecond-range quasi-square pulse generator based on a fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer and anti-resonance network is proposed in this paper. This generator consists of a charging system, a step-up system, and a modulating system. In this generator, the fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer is the key component since it acts as a step-up transformer and a main switch during the working process. Demonstrative experiments show that if the primary storage capacitors are charged to 400 V, a quasi-square pulse with amplitude of about 29 kV can be achieved on a 3500 Ω resistive load, as well as the pulse duration (full width at half maximum) of about 1.3 μs. Preliminary repetition rate experiments are also carried out, which indicate that this pulse generator could work stably with the repetition rates of 30 Hz and 50 Hz. It can be concluded that this kind of all-solid-state microsecond-range quasi-square pulse generator can not only lower both the operating voltage of the primary windings and the saturable inductance of the secondary windings, thus ideally realizing the magnetic switch function of the fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer, but also achieve a quasi-square pulse with high quality and fixed flat top after the modulation of a two-section anti-resonance network. This generator can be applied in areas of large power microwave sources, sterilization, disinfection, and wastewater treatment.

  7. Simulation of ultrashort pulse induced plasma generation and interaction within the bulk of transparent Kerr media (United States)

    Arnold, C. L.; Ertmer, W.; Lubatschowski, H.


    Recently ultrashort laser pulses became most important for micro structuring and biomedical applications such as refractive surgery. Ultrashort laser pulses tightly focused to a small spot easily provide intensity sufficient to induce nonlinear ionization. A plasma is generated and heated in the focus resulting in optical breakdown. The energy deposited in the plasma and the mechanical effects subsequent to optical breakdown are utilized by modern applications of ultrashort laser pulses to induce controlled highly reproducible material alteration. A model including both nonlinear pulse propagation and plasma generation is introduced to numerically investigate the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with the self-induced plasma in the vicinity of the focus. The numerical code is based on a (3+1)-dimensional nonlinear Schroedinger equation describing the pulse propagation. A multi rate equation model recently published by B. Rethfeld is used to simultaneously calculate the generation of free electrons. It is the first numerically simple approach to describe nonlinear ionization that allows a non static energy distribution of free electrons in the conduction band. The code is applicable to any transparent Kerr medium, whose linear and nonlinear optical parameters are known. Numerical calculations based on this model are used to understand the dependence between the size, the geometry and the free electron density of ultrashort laser pulse induced optical breakdown plasmas in various focusing geometries. The code enables to use arbitrary initial conditions for the laser field in the focus. More realistic focusing scenarios than the simple assumption of focused gaussian beams can be taken into account. Nonlinear side effects, such as streak formation occurring in addition to optical breakdown during ultrashort pulse refractive eye surgeries can be numerically investigated.

  8. Generation of attosecond soft X-ray pulses in a longitudinal space charge amplifier

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    Dohlus, M.; Schneidmiller, E.A.; Yurkov, M.V. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)


    A longitudinal space charge amplifier (LSCA), operating in soft X-ray regime, was recently proposed. Such an amplifier consists of a few amplification cascades (focusing channel and chicane) and a short radiator undulator in the end. Broadband nature of LSCA supports generation of few-cycle pulses as well as wavelength compression. In this paper we consider an application of these properties of LSCA for generation of attosecond X-ray pulses. It is shown that a compact and cheap addition to the soft X-ray free electron laser facility FLASH would allow to generate 60 attosecond (FWHM) long X-ray pulses with the peak power at 100 MW level and a contrast above 98%. (orig.)

  9. Note: An avalanche transistor-based nanosecond pulse generator with 25 MHz repetition rate. (United States)

    Beev, Nikolai; Keller, Jonas; Mehlstäubler, Tanja E


    We have developed an avalanche transistor-based pulse generator for driving the photocathode of an image intensifier, which comprises a mainly capacitive load on the order of 100 pF. The circuit produces flat-top pulses with a rise time of 2 ns, a FWHM of 10 ns, and an amplitude of tens of V at a high repetition rate in the range of tens of MHz. The generator is built of identical avalanche transistor sections connected in parallel and triggered in a sequence, synchronized to a reference rf signal. The described circuit and mode of operation overcome the power dissipation limit of avalanche transistor generators and enable a significant increase of pulse repetition rates. Our approach is naturally suited for synchronized imaging applications at low light levels.

  10. Note: An avalanche transistor-based nanosecond pulse generator with 25 MHz repetition rate (United States)

    Beev, Nikolai; Keller, Jonas; Mehlstäubler, Tanja E.


    We have developed an avalanche transistor-based pulse generator for driving the photocathode of an image intensifier, which comprises a mainly capacitive load on the order of 100 pF. The circuit produces flat-top pulses with a rise time of 2 ns, a FWHM of 10 ns, and an amplitude of tens of V at a high repetition rate in the range of tens of MHz. The generator is built of identical avalanche transistor sections connected in parallel and triggered in a sequence, synchronized to a reference rf signal. The described circuit and mode of operation overcome the power dissipation limit of avalanche transistor generators and enable a significant increase of pulse repetition rates. Our approach is naturally suited for synchronized imaging applications at low light levels.

  11. A distributed parameter model of transmission line transformer for high voltage nanosecond pulse generation. (United States)

    Li, Jiangtao; Zhao, Zheng; Li, Longjie; He, Jiaxin; Li, Chenjie; Wang, Yifeng; Su, Can


    A transmission line transformer has potential advantages for nanosecond pulse generation including excellent frequency response and no leakage inductance. The wave propagation process in a secondary mode line is indispensable due to an obvious inside transient electromagnetic transition in this scenario. The equivalent model of the transmission line transformer is crucial for predicting the output waveform and evaluating the effects of magnetic cores on output performance. However, traditional lumped parameter models are not sufficient for nanosecond pulse generation due to the natural neglect of wave propagations in secondary mode lines based on a lumped parameter assumption. In this paper, a distributed parameter model of transmission line transformer was established to investigate wave propagation in the secondary mode line and its influential factors through theoretical analysis and experimental verification. The wave propagation discontinuity in the secondary mode line induced by magnetic cores is emphasized. Characteristics of the magnetic core under a nanosecond pulse were obtained by experiments. Distribution and formation of the secondary mode current were determined for revealing essential wave propagation processes in secondary mode lines. The output waveform and efficiency were found to be affected dramatically by wave propagation discontinuity in secondary mode lines induced by magnetic cores. The proposed distributed parameter model was proved more suitable for nanosecond pulse generation in aspects of secondary mode current, output efficiency, and output waveform. In depth, comprehension of underlying mechanisms and a broader view of the working principle of the transmission line transformer for nanosecond pulse generation can be obtained through this research.

  12. A distributed parameter model of transmission line transformer for high voltage nanosecond pulse generation (United States)

    Li, Jiangtao; Zhao, Zheng; Li, Longjie; He, Jiaxin; Li, Chenjie; Wang, Yifeng; Su, Can


    A transmission line transformer has potential advantages for nanosecond pulse generation including excellent frequency response and no leakage inductance. The wave propagation process in a secondary mode line is indispensable due to an obvious inside transient electromagnetic transition in this scenario. The equivalent model of the transmission line transformer is crucial for predicting the output waveform and evaluating the effects of magnetic cores on output performance. However, traditional lumped parameter models are not sufficient for nanosecond pulse generation due to the natural neglect of wave propagations in secondary mode lines based on a lumped parameter assumption. In this paper, a distributed parameter model of transmission line transformer was established to investigate wave propagation in the secondary mode line and its influential factors through theoretical analysis and experimental verification. The wave propagation discontinuity in the secondary mode line induced by magnetic cores is emphasized. Characteristics of the magnetic core under a nanosecond pulse were obtained by experiments. Distribution and formation of the secondary mode current were determined for revealing essential wave propagation processes in secondary mode lines. The output waveform and efficiency were found to be affected dramatically by wave propagation discontinuity in secondary mode lines induced by magnetic cores. The proposed distributed parameter model was proved more suitable for nanosecond pulse generation in aspects of secondary mode current, output efficiency, and output waveform. In depth, comprehension of underlying mechanisms and a broader view of the working principle of the transmission line transformer for nanosecond pulse generation can be obtained through this research.

  13. Short optical pulse generated by integrated MQW DBR laser/EA-modulator

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    Chen, Y.K.; Tanbun-Ek, T.; Logan, R.A. [AT and T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ (United States)] [and others


    The authors report on the generation of short optical pulses by utilizing the non-linear absorption characteristics of a multiple quantum well (MQW) electro-absorption modulator, which is monolithically integrated with a MQW wavelength-tunable distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser on a single chip. Optical pulses as short as 39 ps and 15 ps have been generated at a repetition rate of 3 GHz and 10 GHz, respectively, with a broad tuning range of 5.4 nm near 1554 nm lasing wavelength.

  14. Fourth-harmonic generation of picosecond glass laser pulses with cesium lithium borate crystals

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    Sharma, L.B.; Daido, H.; Kato, Y.; Nakai, S. [Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, 2-6, Yamada-Oka, Suita 565 (Japan); Zhang, T. [Yamanashi University, Faculty of Engineering, 4-3-11 Takeda, Kofu, Yamanashi 400 (Japan); Mori, Y.; Sasaki, T. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565 (Japan)


    We report the fourth-harmonic generation of 1.5 ps, 1.053 {mu}m glass laser pulses, where group velocity mismatch plays a significant role, at intensities up to 100 GW/cm{sup 2} using newly developed crystal, cesium lithium borate (CsLiB{sub 6}O{sub 10}). Type-I doubler and type-I quadrupler were used in the fourth harmonic generation experimental scheme. Energy conversion efficiencies of 24{percent} and 53{percent} have been achieved for frequency quadrupling and doubling of the fundamental glass laser pulses, respectively. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Efficient energetic proton generation driven by ultrashort ultraintense ti:Sapphire laser pulse

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    Choi, I. W.; Kim, C. M.; Jeong, T. M.; Yu, T. J.; Sung, J. H.; Lee, S. K.; Hafz, N.; Pae, K. H.; Ko, D. K.; Lee, J. [Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Nishiuchi, M.; Daido, H.; Yogo, A.; Orimo, S.; Ogura, K.; Ma, J.; Sagisaka, A.; Mori, M.; Pirozhkov, A. S.; Kiriyama, H.; Bulanov, S. V.; Esirkepov, T. Zh. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kyoto (Japan); Oishi, Y.; Nemoto, K. [Central Research Institute of Electronic Power Industry, Kanagawa (Japan)


    Significant progress on laser driven proton generation has been made in the past few years. Proton acceleration driven by ultrashort ultraintense laser pulse has been a promising technology for realizing a compact accelerator. Laser driven protons have several unique properties, such as shot pulse duration of ∼ps, high peak current in kA range, low transverse emittance below 10{sup -}2{sup m}m mrad, and good laminarity. For practical applications, the proton beam should be optimized to obtain higher energy, narrower energy spread, larger number and conversion efficiency. Maximum proton energy of 58 MeV has been demonstrated using PW class laser pulse, and quasi monoenergetic protons were produced from microstructured target. We have performed series of experiments to generate energetic proton beam by collaborating with JAEA and CRIEPI groups. Energetic protons were produced by the interaction of ultrashort ultraintense laser pulse with thin solid targets. Laser pulse with maximum energy of 1.7 J and minimum pulse duration of 34 FS, giving maximum peak intensity 3x10{sup 1}9{sup W}/cm{sup 2,} was focused using an off axis parabolic mirror at 45 degree incident angle with p polarization. The target used was one of 5μm thick copper of 7.5, 12.5, 25μm thick polyimide foils. Fresh Surface of target was supplied by moving the target with tape target driver for every laser shot, performing repetitive laser shooting without breaking vacuum. In order to investigate optimal generation conditions, we varied the laser pulse width and changed target position with respect to a tight focus position of laser beam. Main proton diagnostic was proton time of flight spectrometer to facilitate real time optimization of the laser and target conditions. Energetic protons with maximum energy of up to 4 MeV are generated by the interaction of laser pulse with a 7.5μm thick Polyimide target. The conversion efficiency from the laser energy into the proton kinetic energies is achieved to

  16. Generation of Attosecond Light Pulses from Gas and Solid State Media

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    Stefanos Chatziathanasiou


    Full Text Available Real-time observation of ultrafast dynamics in the microcosm is a fundamental approach for understanding the internal evolution of physical, chemical and biological systems. Tools for tracing such dynamics are flashes of light with duration comparable to or shorter than the characteristic evolution times of the system under investigation. While femtosecond (fs pulses are successfully used to investigate vibrational dynamics in molecular systems, real time observation of electron motion in all states of matter requires temporal resolution in the attosecond (1 attosecond (asec = 10−18 s time scale. During the last decades, continuous efforts in ultra-short pulse engineering led to the development of table-top sources which can produce asec pulses. These pulses have been synthesized by using broadband coherent radiation in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV spectral region generated by the interaction of matter with intense fs pulses. Here, we will review asec pulses generated by the interaction of gas phase media and solid surfaces with intense fs IR laser fields. After a brief overview of the fundamental process underlying the XUV emission form these media, we will review the current technology, specifications and the ongoing developments of such asec sources.

  17. Generation of Phase-Stable Sub-Cycle Mid-Infrared Pulses from Filamentation in Nitrogen

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    Takao Fuji


    Full Text Available Sub-single-cycle pulses in the mid-infrared (MIR region were generated through a laser-induced filament. The fundamental (ω1 and second harmonic (ω2 output of a 30-fs Ti:sapphire amplifier were focused into nitrogen gas and produce phase-stable broadband MIR pulses (ω0 by using a four-wave mixing process (ω1 + ω1 - ω2 → ω0 through filamentation. The spectrum spread from 400 cm-1 to 5500 cm-1, which completely covered the MIR region. The low frequency components were detected by using an electro-optic sampling technique with a gaseous medium. The efficiency of the MIR pulse generation was very sensitive to the delay between the fundamental and second harmonic pulses. It was revealed that the delay dependence of the efficiency came from the interference between two opposite parametric processes, ω1 + ω1 - ω2 → ω0 and ω2 - ω1 - ω1 → ω0. The pulse duration was measured as 6.9 fs with cross-correlation frequency-resolved optical gating by using four-wave mixing in nitrogen. The carrier-envelope phase of the MIR pulse was passively stabilized. The instability was estimated as 154 mrad rms in 2.5 h.

  18. Isolated atto-second pulse generated by spatial shaping of femtosecond laser beam

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    Strelkov, V.; Mevel, E.; Constant, E. [Univ Bordeaux 1, CELIA, F-33405 Talence (France); Strelkov, V. [Russian Acad Sci, Inst Gen Phys, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation)


    We study numerically the time-dependent HHG phase-matching in the laser beam having a flat-top radial intensity profile. A flat-top profile is the key to produce similar ionization degree at the axis and at the periphery and thus to achieve simultaneous phase-matched generation. Such a profile can be obtained experimentally by using two concentric phase plates that introduce a specific phase shift between the central and the outer part of a focused Gaussian beam. We find realistic laser field parameters and medium density that allow obtaining (after spectral filtering) single atto-second pulse using 10 fs driving laser pulse. Our technique provides isolated atto-second pulse emission almost insensitive on the CEP of the laser pulse. Moreover, the technique is effective both for the mid-plateau and the cut-off spectral range. In particular, the XUV from Ar target in the cut-off spectral range (compatible with the Zr filter) provides isolated atto-second pulse with 185 as duration at a central energy of 92 eV. Using achievable multi mJ 10 fs laser pulses this technique could provide atto-second pulses approaching the {mu}J energy range. (authors)

  19. Analytical solution for the diffusion of a capacitor discharge generated magnetic field pulse in a conductor

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    Ilmārs Grants


    Full Text Available Powerful forces arise when a pulse of a magnetic field in the order of a few tesla diffuses into a conductor. Such pulses are used in electromagnetic forming, impact welding of dissimilar materials and grain refinement of solidifying alloys. Strong magnetic field pulses are generated by the discharge current of a capacitor bank. We consider analytically the penetration of such pulse into a conducting half-space. Besides the exact solution we obtain two simple self-similar approximate solutions for two sequential stages of the initial transient. Furthermore, a general solution is provided for the external field given as a power series of time. Each term of this solution represents a self-similar function for which we obtain an explicit expression. The validity range of various approximate analytical solutions is evaluated by comparison to the exact solution.

  20. A Solid State 100 kV Long Pulse Generator for Klystrons Power Supply

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    Martins, C A; Simonet, G


    A solid state pulsed power generator rated at 100 kV, 2 MWpeak, 0.8 ms/2 Hz suited for klystrons cathode power supply (klystron modulator) is proposed as an alternative to traditional topologies, requiring thyratrons and PFN’s, for long pulse width applications (ms range). Some technological issues and design criteria of the proposed circuit main sub-systems (solid state switch, pulse transformer, undershoot network, droop compensation bouncer) will be presented. The principle of the klystron arc detection electronics and protection strategy is described. An optimization will be developed allowing the achievement of the required pulse flat-top precision (1%) with minimum volume and costs. Finally, experimental results obtained on a resistive dummy load and on a 1.3 MW klystron will be presented and discussed.

  1. Spectral Phase Modulation and chirped pulse amplification in High Gain Harmonic Generation

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    Wu, Zilu; Krinsky, Sam; Loos, Henrik; Murphy, James; Shaftan, Timur; Sheehy, Brian; Shen, Yuzhen; Wang, Xijie; Yu Li Hua


    High Gain Harmonic Generation (HGHG), because it produces longitudinally coherent pulses derived from a coherent seed, presents remarkable possibilities for manipulating FEL pulses. If spectral phase modulation imposed on the seed modulates the spectral phase of the HGHG in a deterministic fashion, then chirped pulse amplification, pulse shaping, and coherent control experiments at short wavelengths become possible. In addition, the details of the transfer function will likely depend on electron beam and radiator dynamics and so prove to be a useful tool for studying these. Using the DUVFEL at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory, we present spectral phase analyses of both coherent HGHG and incoherent SASE ultraviolet FEL radiation, applying Spectral Interferometry for Direct Electric Field Reconstruction (SPIDER), and assess the potential for employing compression and shaping techniques.

  2. Pulse Generator for Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Transducer Arrays Based on a Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC

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    Pedro Acevedo


    Full Text Available This paper describes the design of a pulse generator to excite PZT and PVDF ultrasonic transducer arrays, based on the Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC module. In this module, using programmable logic different pulses were implemented; these pulses are required in ultrasonic applications for multiple channels to excite PZT and PVDF transducer arrays. To excite multiple elements, bursts are required which can be generated simultaneously or out of phase, generating dynamic wave fronts. For medical applications where bidirectional blood flow is detected burst and quadrature pulses are used. These pulses can be generated independently or in combinations, as simultaneous pulses, shift pulses or burst. This module can operate with programmable frequencies from 3-74 MHz; its programming may be versatile covering a wide range of ultrasonic applications.

  3. Roughness generation during Si etching in Cl{sub 2} pulsed plasma

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    Mourey, Odile; Petit-Etienne, Camille; Cunge, Gilles, E-mail:; Darnon, Maxime; Despiau-Pujo, Emilie; Brichon, Paulin; Lattu-Romain, Eddy; Pons, Michel; Joubert, Olivier [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, CEA-Leti Minatec, LTM, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex (France)


    Pulsed plasmas are promising candidates to go beyond limitations of continuous waves' plasma. However, their interaction with surfaces remains poorly understood. The authors investigated the silicon etching mechanism in inductively coupled plasma (ICP) Cl{sub 2} operated either in an ICP-pulsed mode or in a bias-pulsed mode (in which only the bias power is pulsed). The authors observed systematically the development of an important surface roughness at a low duty cycle. By using plasma diagnostics, they show that the roughness is correlated to an anomalously large (Cl atoms flux)/(energetic ion flux) ratio in the pulsed mode. The rational is that the Cl atom flux is not modulated on the timescale of the plasma pulses although the ion fluxes and energy are modulated. As a result, a very strong surface chlorination occurs during the OFF period when the surface is not exposed to energetic ions. Therefore, each energetic ion in the ON period will bombard a heavily chlorinated silicon surface, leading to anomalously high etching yield. In the ICP pulsed mode (in which the ion energy is high), the authors report yields as high as 40, which mean that each individual ion impacts will generate a “crater” of about 2 nm depth at the surface. Since the ion flux is very small in the pulsed ICP mode, this process is stochastic and is responsible for the roughness initiation. The roughness expansion can then be attributed partly to the ion channeling effect and is probably enhanced by the formation of a SiClx reactive layer with nonhomogeneous thickness over the topography of the surface. This phenomenon could be a serious limitation of pulsed plasma processes.

  4. Generation of air lasing at extended distances by coaxial dual-color femtosecond laser pulses (United States)

    Li, Helong; Zang, Hongwei; Su, Yue; Fu, Yao; Xu, Huailiang


    We present an approach for generation of air lasing at extended distances by coaxial dual-color femtosecond laser pulses. A strong 800 nm pulse prepares the population inversion in {{{N}}}2+ during the filamentation in air, and a weak 400 nm pulse produced coaxially with the 800 nm light by frequency doubling in a BBO crystal seeds the {{{N}}}2+ gain medium, producing strong narrow-band lasing emission at ∼391 nm. We demonstrate that this scheme can overcome the difficulty in spatially overlapping two beams at a far distance, and the lasing emissions at a designed position can be manipulated by dispersion components inserted in the propagation path of the coaxial two-color beam. Our results provide a way for remote generation of air laser for standoff spectroscopy and detection.

  5. Analysis of Pulsed vs. Continuous Power Delivery from an Electromagnetic Generator (United States)

    Cimpian, A.; Laighin, G. Ó.; Duffy, M.


    The purpose of this work is to present alternative power conversion techniques for an energy harvester optimized to the power requirements of an activity monitoring device. Many energy harvesters designed to use human motion provide a pulsed type of output waveform, as the signal will be strongly related to the pattern of motion used for harvesting energy. Due to this type of discontinuous signal it is considered that wearable sources have the potential to provide higher energy values by pulses rather than continuous form. For this work an electromagnetic generator system was optimised to power a monitoring device located in the shoe. Rectification techniques as well as coil parameters design have been employed and powering conditions have been analysed. The generator system can provide pulses of power high enough to sustain a low power consumption device.

  6. Optical amplification and pulse interleaving for low noise photonic microwave generation

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    Quinlan, Franklyn; Fortier, Tara M; Zhou, Qiugui; Cross, Allen; Campbell, Joe C; Diddams, Scott A


    We investigate the impact of pulse interleaving and optical amplification on the spectral purity of microwave signals generated by photodetecting the pulsed output of an Er:fiber-based optical frequency comb. It is shown that the microwave phase noise floor can be extremely sensitive to delay length errors in the interleaver, and the contribution of the quantum noise from optical amplification to the phase noise can be reduced ~10 dB for short pulse detection. We exploit optical amplification, in conjunction with high power handling modified uni-traveling carrier photodetectors, to generate a phase noise floor on a 10 GHz carrier of -175 dBc/Hz, the lowest ever demonstrated in the photodetection of a mode-locked fiber laser. At all offset frequencies, the photodetected 10 GHz phase noise performance is comparable to or better than the lowest phase noise results yet demonstrated with stabilized Ti:sapphire frequency combs.

  7. Generation of a chirp-free optical pulse train with tunable pulse width based on a polarization modulator and an intensity modulator. (United States)

    Pan, Shilong; Yao, Jianping


    A simple method for the generation of a chirp-free optical pulse train with tunable pulse width using a polarization modulator (PolM) and a zero-chirp intensity modulator (IM) is proposed and demonstrated. In the proposed system, a light wave with its polarization direction oriented at an angle of 45 degrees with respect to the principal axis of the PolM is polarization modulated by a sinusoidal drive signal. An optical polarizer is connected after the PolM to convert the polarization-modulated signals to a pulse train with the main peaks having a narrow pulse width. Then, the main peaks are selected by the IM, leading to the generation of a short optical pulse train with a repetition rate that is identical to or twice the frequency of the sinusoidal drive signal, depending on the dc bias of the IM. The pulse width of the generated pulse is easily tuned by adjusting the phase modulation index of the PolM. An experiment is carried out, and a pulse train with a duty cycle as small as 8.16% is generated.

  8. A Simplified Approach for Predicting Pulsed-Laser-Induced Carrier Generation in Semiconductor (United States)

    Hales, Joel M.; Khachatrian, Ani; Buchner, Stephen; Roche, Nicolas J.-H.; Warner, Jeffrey; McMorrow, Dale


    Simplified analytic expressions are presented for calculating pulsed-laser induced charge generation in devices with collection volumes of any size. The expressions for charge generation by single-photon absorption for various limiting cases are applied to charge-collection measurements for a bulk Si photodiode, and single-event upsets in a 90-nm CMOS, silicon on insulator (SOI), static random-access memory (SRAM). Strong quantitative agreement between the simplified expressions, the full numerical calculations, and the experimental data serves to validate the analytical expressions. Furthermore, despite the complexity of determining charge deposited via two-photon absorption, the analytic expressions exhibit excellent agreement with full charge-generation simulations utilizing nonlinear-optical beam propagation software. These expressions therefore, represent a convenient and accurate method for estimating pulsed-laser induced charge generation in specified volumes, and are particularly relevant for two-photon absorption, which previously has required the use of complex numerical approaches.

  9. Erosion resistant anti-ice surfaces generated by ultra short laser pulses

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    Del Cerro, D.A.; Römer, G.R.B.E.; Huis in't Veld, A.J.


    Wetting properties of a wide range of materials can be modified by accurate laser micromachining with ultra short laser pulses. Controlling the surface topography in a micro and sub-micrometer scale allows the generation of water-repellent surfaces, which remain dry and prevent ice accumulation

  10. Pulsed Power Generators For Two-section Lia Relativistic Magnetron Driver

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    Agafonov, A V; Pevchev, V P


    Two prototypes of pulsed power generators for a two-sectional LIA - specialized driver of a relativistic magnetron were constructed and tested. The driver for the double-sided powering of a relativistic magnetron consists of two identical sets of induction modules (two sections of LIA) with inner electrodes - vacuum adders connected to both sides of a coaxial magnetron. It provides the symmetric power flowing in a magnetron and a possibility of localising of the electron flow in magnetron interaction region. The first generator designed for a small-scale laboratory installation provides the output pulses of 100 ns in duration with voltage amplitude of 50 kV at repetition rate of 1 pps. The construction of the generator is based on the application of experimental capacitor banks designed as a pulse forming line with the next parameters: charging voltage - 80 kV, impedance - 1,7 Ohm, pulse duration - 80 ns at a matched load. The second generator was designed for 1 MV integrated LIA - magnetron system. It cons...

  11. Analysis of Switch Performance on the Mercury Pulsed-Power Generator (United States)


    ANALYSIS OF SWITCH PERFORMANCE ON THE MERCURY PULSED- POWER GENERATOR* T. A. Holt†, R. J. Allen, R. C. Fisher†, R. J. Commisso Naval Research...JUN 2005 2. REPORT TYPE N/A 3. DATES COVERED - 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Analysis Of Switch Performance On The Mercury Pulsedpower Generator 5a...Work supported by LANL, LLNL, SNL. † Titan Corp., Reston, VA 20190 Abstract Mercury , Figure 1, is a

  12. A comparison of electrical and photonic pulse generation for IR-UWB on fiber links

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    Rodes Lopez, Roberto; Caballero Jambrina, Antonio; Yu, Xianbin


    We present and compare experimental results for electrical and photonic generation of 2-Gb/s pulses for impulse radio ultra-wideband on fiber transmission systems based on direct current modulation of a semiconductor laser diode and external optical injection of a semiconductor laser diode......, respectively. We assess the performance of the two generation approaches in terms of bit-error rate after propagation over 20 km of optical fiber followed by wireless transmission....

  13. Parametric generation of energetic short mid-infrared pulses for dielectric laser acceleration (United States)

    Wandel, S.; Xu, G.; Yin, Y.; Jovanovic, I.


    Laser-driven high-gradient electron acceleration in dielectric photonic structures is an enabling technology for compact and robust sources of tunable monochromatic x-rays. Such advanced x-ray sources are sought in medical imaging, security, industrial, and scientific applications. The use of long-wavelength pulses can mitigate the problem of laser-induced breakdown in dielectric structures at high optical intensities, relax the structure fabrication requirements, and allow greater pulse energy to be injected into the structure. We report on the design and construction of a simple and robust, short-pulse parametric source operating at a center wavelength 5 μm, to be used as a pump for a dielectric photonic structure for laser-driven acceleration. The source is based on a two-stage parametric downconversion design, consisting of a β-BaB2O4-based 2.05 μm optical parametric amplifier (OPA) and a ZnGeP2-based 5 μm OPA. The 2.05 μm OPA is presently pumped by a standard Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplified laser, which will be replaced with direct laser pumping at wavelengths \\gt 2 μ m in the future. The design and performance of the constructed short-pulse mid-infrared source are described. The demonstrated architecture is also of interest for use in other applications, such as high harmonic generation and attosecond pulse production.

  14. Gate-controlled generation of optical pulse trains using individual carbon nanotubes. (United States)

    Jiang, M; Kumamoto, Y; Ishii, A; Yoshida, M; Shimada, T; Kato, Y K


    In single-walled carbon nanotubes, electron-hole pairs form tightly bound excitons because of limited screening. These excitons display a variety of interactions and processes that could be exploited for applications in nanoscale photonics and optoelectronics. Here we report on optical pulse-train generation from individual air-suspended carbon nanotubes under an application of square-wave gate voltages. Electrostatically induced carrier accumulation quenches photoluminescence, while a voltage sign reversal purges those carriers, resetting the nanotubes to become luminescent temporarily. Frequency-domain measurements reveal photoluminescence recovery with characteristic frequencies that increase with excitation laser power, showing that photoexcited carriers provide a self-limiting mechanism for pulsed emission. Time-resolved measurements directly confirm the presence of an optical pulse train synchronized to the gate voltage signal, and flexible control over pulse timing and duration is also demonstrated. These results identify an unconventional route for optical pulse generation and electrical-to-optical signal conversion, opening up new prospects for controlling light at the nanoscale.

  15. Control Loop for a Pulse Generator of a Fast Septum Magnet using DSP and Fuzzy Logic

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    Aldaz-Carroll, E; Dieperink, J H; Schröder, G; Vossenberg, Eugène B


    A prototype of a fast pulsed eddy current septum magnet for one of thebeam extraction's from the SPS towards LHC is under development. The precision of the magnetic field must be better than ±1.0 10-4 during a flat top of 30 µs. The current pulse is generated by discharging the capacitors of a LC circuit that resonates on the 1st and on the 3rd harmonic of a sine wave with a repetition rate of 15 s. The parameters of the circuit and the voltage on the capacitors must be carefully adjusted to meet the specifications. Drifts during operation must be corrected between two pulses by mechanically adjusting the inductance of the coil in the generator as well as the primary capacitor voltage. This adjustment process is automated by acquiring the current pulse waveform with sufficient time and amplitude resolution, calculating the corrections needed and applying these corrections to the hardware for the next pulse. A very cost-effective and practical solution for this adjustment process is the integration of off-th...

  16. Ultrashort x-ray pulse generation by nonlinear Thomson scattering of a relativistic electron with an intense circularly polarized laser pulse

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    F. Liu


    Full Text Available The nonlinear Thomson scattering of a relativistic electron with an intense laser pulse is calculated numerically. The results show that an ultrashort x-ray pulse can be generated by an electron with an initial energy of 5 MeV propagating across a circularly polarized laser pulse with a duration of 8 femtosecond and an intensity of about 1.1×10^{21}  W/cm^{2}, when the detection direction is perpendicular to the propagation directions of both the electron and the laser beam. The optimal values of the carrier-envelop phase and the intensity of the laser pulse for the generation of a single ultrashort x-ray pulse are obtained and verified by our calculations of the radiation characteristics.

  17. Experience with low-alpha lattices at the Diamond Light Source

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    Martin, I. P. S; Rehm, G; Thomas, C; Bartolini, R


    In this paper we present the experience at Diamond Light Source in the design, implementation, and operation of low momentum compaction factor lattices for the generation of short x-ray pulses and coherent THz radiation...

  18. Generation of hard x rays by femtosecond laser pulse interaction with solid targets in atmosphere. (United States)

    Zhidkov, Alexey G; Pikuz, Sergey A; Faenov, Anatoly Ya; Chefonov, Oleg V; Ovchinnikov, Andrey V; Agranat, Mikhail B; Zigler, Arie


    X ray radiation as high as 50 keV, including K(α) of Ba and Mo, have been observed from a solid target during the interaction of low energy ~0.65 mJ, 1 kHz 40 femtosecond laser pulses focused in air at atmospheric pressure. Energetic electrons generating such x rays are possibly produced when the field strength in laser pulse wake exceeds the runaway threshold in air. Two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations that include optical field ionization of air and elastic collisions support this mechanism. © 2012 Optical Society of America

  19. Coherent hard x-rays from attosecond pulse train-assisted harmonic generation


    Klaiber, Michael; Hatsagortsyan, Karen Z.; Müller, Carsten; Keitel, Christoph H.


    High-order harmonic generation from atomic systems is considered in the crossed fields of a relativistically strong infrared laser and a weak attosecond-pulse train of soft x-rays. Due to one-photon ionization by the x-ray pulse, the ionized electron obtains a starting momentum that compensates the relativistic drift which is induced by the laser magnetic field, and allows the electron to efficiently emit harmonic radiation upon recombination with the atomic core in the relativistic regime. I...

  20. Transient thermoelectric supercooling: Isosceles current pulses from a response surface perspective and the performance effects of pulse cooling a heat generating mass (United States)

    Piggott, Alfred J., III

    With increased public interest in protecting the environment, scientists and engineers aim to improve energy conversion efficiency. Thermoelectrics offer many advantages as thermal management technology. When compared to vapor compression refrigeration, above approximately 200 to 600 watts, cost in dollars per watt as well as COP are not advantageous for thermoelectrics. The goal of this work was to determine if optimized pulse supercooling operation could improve cooling capacity or efficiency of a thermoelectric device. The basis of this research is a thermal-electrical analogy based modeling study using SPICE. Two models were developed. The first model, a standalone thermocouple with no attached mass to be cooled. The second, a system that includes a module attached to a heat generating mass. With the thermocouple study, a new approach of generating response surfaces with characteristic parameters was applied. The current pulse height and pulse on-time was identified for maximizing Net Transient Advantage, a newly defined metric. The corresponding pulse height and pulse on-time was utilized for the system model. Along with the traditional steady state starting current of Imax, Iopt was employed. The pulse shape was an isosceles triangle. For the system model, metrics new to pulse cooling were Qc, power consumption and COP. The effects of optimized current pulses were studied by changing system variables. Further studies explored time spacing between pulses and temperature distribution in the thermoelement. It was found net Q c over an entire pulse event can be improved over Imax steady operation but not over steady I opt operation. Qc can be improved over Iopt operation but only during the early part of the pulse event. COP is reduced in transient pulse operation due to the different time constants of Qc and Pin. In some cases lower performance interface materials allow more Qc and better COP during transient operation than higher performance interface materials

  1. Generation and multi-octave shaping of mid-infrared intense single-cycle pulses (United States)

    Krogen, Peter; Suchowski, Haim; Liang, Houkun; Flemens, Noah; Hong, Kyung-Han; Kärtner, Franz X.; Moses, Jeffrey


    The generation of intense mid-infrared (mid-IR) optical pulses with customizable shape and spectra spanning a multiple-octave range of vibrational frequencies is an elusive technological capability. While some recent approaches to mid-IR supercontinuum generation—such as filamentation, multicolour four-wave-mixing and optical rectification—have successfully generated broad spectra, no process has been identified for achieving complex pulse shaping at the generation step. The adiabatic frequency converter allows for a one-to-one transfer of spectral phase through nonlinear frequency conversion over a larger-than-octave-spanning range and with an overall linear phase transfer function. Here, we show that we can convert shaped near-infrared (near-IR) pulses to shaped, energetic, multi-octave-spanning mid-IR pulses lasting only 1.2 optical cycles, and extendable to the sub-cycle regime. We expect this capability to enable a new class of precisely controlled nonlinear interactions in the mid-IR spectral range, from nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy to strong light-matter interactions and single-shot remote sensing.

  2. [Study on the Supercontinuum Generation with Femtosecond Pulse in Photonic Crystal Fiber]. (United States)

    Wei, Yuan-fei; Zhao, Fu-li; Shen, Peng-gao; Wu, Shi-qiang


    Physical mechanism of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber by femtosecond laser pulse has been investigated experimentally. In this study, we used the tunable output wavelength Ti: sapphire optical parametric amplifier as the pump source and the fiber spectrometer acquired the spectrogram of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber under different power and wavelength conditions, then we normalized the spectrograms and make a comparison of them. PCF supercontinuum differences affected by physical mechanisms were analyzed. We found that when increasing the incident pump pulse power, the spectral width will be gradually widened, there are more peaks, part of the energy will transfer in to the short-wave- length region; as long as it reaches a certain intensity, width of supercontinuum finally saturated, the shape of supercontinuum was also stabilized. As the incident power was settled at 300 milliwatt and the length of PCF was settled at 105 millimeter, experimental results show that width and shape of supercontinuum are affected by the wavelength of pump pulse, in the range of 760 to 840 nm, there appears more and more peaks with the increase of incident wavelength; at anomalous dispersion the spectrogram of supercontinuum generation will be more flat and more wider as the wavelength of pump pulse closer to zero point.

  3. Third Harmonic Generation of a Short Pulse Laser in a Tunnel Ionizing Plasma: Effect of Self-Defocusing


    Niti Kant


    Third harmonic generation of a Gaussian short pulse laser in a tunnel ionizing plasma is investigated. A Gaussian short pulse laser propagating through a tunnel ionizing plasma generates third harmonic wave. Inhomogeneity of the electric field along the wavefront of the fundamental laser pulse causes more ionization along the axis of propagation while less ionization off axis, leading to strong density gradient with its maximum on the axis of propagation. The medium acts like a diverging lens...

  4. Note: A high-energy-density Tesla-type pulse generator with novel insulating oil (United States)

    Liu, Sheng; Su, Jiancang; Fan, Xuliang


    A 10-GW high-energy-density Tesla-type pulse generator is developed with an improved insulating liquid based on a modified Tesla pulser—TPG700, of which the pulse forming line (PFL) is filled with novel insulating oil instead of transformer oil. Properties of insulating oil determining the stored energy density of the PFL are analyzed, and a criterion for appropriate oil is proposed. Midel 7131 is chosen as an application example. The results of insulating property experiment under tens-of-microsecond pulse charging demonstrate that the insulation capability of Midel 7131 is better than that of KI45X transformer oil. The application test in Tesla pulser TPG700 shows that the output power is increased to 10.5 GW with Midel 7131. The output energy density of TPG700 increases for about 60% with Midel 7131.

  5. A new Pulse-Pattern Generator based on LabVIEW FPGA

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    Ziegler, F., E-mail: [Institut fuer Physik, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universitaet Greifswald, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Beck, D.; Brand, H.; Hahn, H. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Marx, G.; Schweikhard, L. [Institut fuer Physik, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universitaet Greifswald, 17489 Greifswald (Germany)


    For the control of experimental sequences composed of triggers, gates and delays a Pulse-Pattern Generator (PPG) has been developed based on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) addressed in a LabVIEW environment. It allows a highly reproducible timing of measurement procedures by up to 64 individual channels with pulse and delay periods from the nanoseconds to the minutes range. The PPG has been implemented in the context of the development of a new control system for the ClusterTrap setup, an ion storage device for atomic-cluster research, in close contact with the SHIPTRAP and ISOLTRAP collaborations at GSI and CERN, respectively. As the new PPG is not ion-trap specific it can be employed in any experiment based on sequences of triggers, pulses and delays.

  6. Control of broadband optically generated ultrasound pulses using binary amplitude holograms. (United States)

    Brown, Michael D; Jaros, Jiri; Cox, Ben T; Treeby, Bradley E


    In this work, the use of binary amplitude holography is investigated as a mechanism to focus broadband acoustic pulses generated by high peak-power pulsed lasers. Two algorithms are described for the calculation of the binary holograms; one using ray-tracing, and one using an optimization based on direct binary search. It is shown using numerical simulations that when a binary amplitude hologram is excited by a train of laser pulses at its design frequency, the acoustic field can be focused at a pre-determined distribution of points, including single and multiple focal points, and line and square foci. The numerical results are validated by acoustic field measurements from binary amplitude holograms, excited by a high peak-power laser.

  7. Phase matching of high order harmonic generation using dynamic phase modulation caused by a non-collinear modulation pulse (United States)

    Cohen, Oren; Kapteyn, Henry C.; Mumane, Margaret M.


    Phase matching high harmonic generation (HHG) uses a single, long duration non-collinear modulating pulse intersecting the driving pulse. A femtosecond driving pulse is focused into an HHG medium (such as a noble gas) to cause high-harmonic generation (HHG), for example in the X-ray region of the spectrum, via electrons separating from and recombining with gas atoms. A non-collinear pulse intersects the driving pulse within the gas, and modulates the field seen by the electrons while separated from their atoms. The modulating pulse is low power and long duration, and its frequency and amplitude is chosen to improve HHG phase matching by increasing the areas of constructive interference between the driving pulse and the HHG, relative to the areas of destructive interference.

  8. Dependence of Initial Oxygen Concentration on Ozone Yield Using Inductive Energy Storage System Pulsed Power Generator (United States)

    Go, Tomio; Tanaka, Yasushi; Yamazaki, Nobuyuki; Mukaigawa, Seiji; Takaki, Koichi; Fujiwara, Tamiya

    Dependence of initial oxygen concentration on ozone yield using streamer discharge reactor driven by an inductive energy storage system pulsed power generator is described in this paper. Fast recovery type diodes were employed as semiconductor opening switch to interrupt a circuit current within 100 ns. This rapid current change produced high-voltage short pulse between a secondary energy storage inductor. The repetitive high-voltage short pulse was applied to a 1 mm diameter center wire electrode placed in a cylindrical pulse corona reactor. The streamer discharge successfully occurred between the center wire electrode and an outer cylinder ground electrode of 2 cm inner diameter. The ozone was produced with the streamer discharge and increased with increasing pulse repetition rate. The ozone yield changed in proportion to initial oxygen concentration contained in the injected gas mixture at 800 ns forward pumping time of the current. However, the decrease of the ozone yield by decreasing oxygen concentration in the gas mixture at 180 ns forward pumping time of the current was lower than the decrease at 800 ns forward pumping time of the current. This dependence of the initial oxygen concentration on ozone yield at 180 ns forward pumping time is similar to that of dielectric barrier discharge reactor.

  9. Parametric generation and characterization of femtosecond mid-infrared pulses in ZnGeP2. (United States)

    Wandel, Scott; Lin, Ming-Wei; Yin, Yanchun; Xu, Guibao; Jovanovic, Igor


    Ultrafast mid-infrared (IR) coherent radiation plays an important role in strong-field physics, wherein the use of longer wavelengths has reduced the optical intensities needed to drive light-matter interactions by orders of magnitude in comparison to near-IR radiation. Optimizing parametric interactions for generation and characterization of mid-IR pulses is an enabling step for those applications. We report on the production of >50 µJ femtosecond pulses centered at 5 µm in a two-stage optical parametric amplifier (OPA) based on ZnGeP 2 , a high-performance optical material in this spectral region. The OPA is pumped by an ultrafast 2-µm source. Amplified pulses have been characterized by parametric upconversion, enabling the use of standard silicon detectors. A numerical model of the system has been developed and tested to control dispersion, group-velocity mismatch, and off-axis parametric fluorescence. The source architecture is suitable for production of mJ-level mid-IR ultrafast pulses without the use of chirped-pulse amplification, where convenient pumping could be realized directly by mid-IR laser sources based on materials such as Cr:ZnSe or Cr:ZnS.

  10. Cascading pulse tubes on a large diaphragm pressure wave generator to increase liquefaction potential (United States)

    Caughley, A.; Meier, J.; Nation, M.; Reynolds, H.; Boyle, C.; Tanchon, J.


    Fabrum Solutions, in collaboration with Absolut System and Callaghan Innovation, produce a range of large pulse tube cryocoolers based on metal diaphragm pressure wave generator technology (DPWG). The largest cryocooler consists of three in-line pulse tubes working in parallel on a 1000 cm3 swept volume DPWG. It has demonstrated 1280 W of refrigeration at 77 K, from 24 kW of input power and was subsequently incorporated into a liquefaction plant to produce liquid nitrogen for an industrial customer. The pulse tubes on the large cryocooler each produced 426 W of refrigeration at 77 K. However, pulse tubes can produce more refrigeration with higher efficiency at higher temperatures. This paper presents the results from experiments to increase overall liquefaction throughput by operating one or more pulse tubes at a higher temperature to pre-cool the incoming gas. The experiments showed that the effective cooling increased to 1500 W resulting in an increase in liquefaction rate from 13 to 16 l/hour.

  11. Noise-like pulse generation in an ytterbium-doped fiber laser using tungsten disulphide (United States)

    Zhang, Wenping; Song, Yanrong; Guoyu, Heyang; Xu, Runqin; Dong, Zikai; Li, Kexuan; Tian, Jinrong; Gong, Shuang


    We demonstrated the noise-like pulse (NLP) generation in an ytterbium-doped fiber (YDF) laser with tungsten disulphide (WS2). Stable fundamental mode locking and second-order harmonic mode locking were observed. The saturable absorber (SA) was a WS2-polyvinyl alcohol film. The modulation depth of the WS2 film was 2.4%, and the saturable optical intensity was 155 MW cm-2. Based on this SA, the fundamental NLP with a pulse width of 20 ns and repetition rate of 7 MHz were observed. The autocorrelation trace of output pulses had a coherent spike, which came from NLP. The average pulse width of the spike was 550 fs on the top of a broad pedestal. The second-order harmonic NLP had a spectral bandwidth of 1.3 nm and pulse width of 10 ns. With the pump power of 400 mW, the maximum output power was 22.2 mW. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a noise-like mode locking in an YDF laser based on WS2-SA in an all normal dispersion regime was obtained.

  12. Operation of a load current multiplier on a nanosecond mega-ampere pulse forming line generator

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    A. S. Chuvatin


    Full Text Available We investigate the operation of a load current multiplier (LCM on a pulse-forming-line nanosecond pulse-power generator. Potential benefits of using the LCM technique on such generators are studied analytically for a simplified case. A concrete LCM design on the Zebra accelerator (1.9 Ohm, ∼1  MA, 100 ns is described. This design is demonstrated experimentally with high-voltage power pulses having a rise time of dozens of nanoseconds. Higher currents and magnetic energies were observed in constant-inductance solid-state loads when a better generator-to-load energy coupling was achieved. The load current on Zebra was increased from the nominal 0.8–0.9 MA up to about 1.6 MA. This result was obtained without modifying the generator energetics or architecture and it is in good agreement with the presented numerical simulations. Validation of the LCM technique at a nanosecond time scale is of importance for the high-energy-density physics research.

  13. Broadband short pulse measurement by autocorrelation with a sum-frequency generation set-up

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    Glotin, F.; Jaroszynski, D.; Marcouille, O. [LURE, Orsay (France)] [and others


    Previous spectral and laser pulse length measurements carried out on the CLIO FEL at wavelength {lambda}=8.5 {mu}m suggested that very short light pulses could be generated, about 500 fs wide (FWHM). For these measurements a Michelson interferometer with a Te crystal, as a non-linear detector, was used as a second order autocorrelation device. More recent measurements in similar conditions have confirmed that the laser pulses observed are indeed single: they are not followed by other pulses distant by the slippage length N{lambda}. As the single micropulse length is likely to depend on the slippage, more measurements at different wavelengths would be useful. This is not directly possible with our actual interferometer set-up, based on a phase-matched non-linear crystal. However, we can use the broadband non-linear medium provided by one of our users` experiments: Sum-Frequency Generation over surfaces. With such autocorrelation set-up, interference fringes are no more visible, but this is largely compensated by the frequency range provided. First tests at 8 {mu}m have already been performed to validate the technic, leading to results similar to those obtained with our previous Michelson set-up.

  14. Tungsten disulphide for ultrashort pulse generation in all-fiber lasers. (United States)

    Liu, Wenjun; Pang, Lihui; Han, Hainian; Bi, Ke; Lei, Ming; Wei, Zhiyi


    Tungsten disulphide (WS2), which exhibits excellent saturable absorption properties, has attracted much attention in the applications of photonic devices. In this paper, WS2 is applied for the preparation of a saturable absorber (SA). Using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method, WS2 is deposited on the side surface of the tapered fiber. In order to obtain larger non-linearity of the SAs with evanescent wave interaction, the tapered fiber had a smaller waist diameter and longer fused zone. Gold film was deposited on the fiber-taper WS2 SAs to improve their reliability and avoid oxidation and corrosion. Employing the balanced twin-detector method, the modulation depth of the fiber-taper WS2 SAs was measured to be 17.2%. With the fiber-taper WS2 SA, a generated pulse with 246 fs duration and a 57 nm bandwidth was obtained at 1561 nm. The electrical signal to noise ratio was better than 92 dB. To our knowledge, the pulse duration was the shortest among the reported all-fiber lasers with transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) SAs. These results indicate that fiber-taper WS2 SAs with smaller waist diameter and longer fused zone are promising photonic devices for ultrashort pulse generation in all-fiber lasers.

  15. Ultrabroadband 50-130 THz pulses generated via phase-matched difference frequency mixing in LiIO3


    Zentgraf, Thomas; Huber, Rupert; Nielsen, Nils C.; Chemla, Daniel S.; Kaindl, Robert A.


    We report the generation of ultrabroadband pulses spanning the 50-130 THz frequency range via phase-matched difference frequency mixing within the broad spectrum of sub-10 fs pulses in LiIO_3. Model calculations reproduce the octave-spanning spectra and predict few-cycle THz pulse durations less than 20~;fs. The applicability of this scheme is demonstrated with 9-fs pulses from a Ti:sapphire oscillator and with 7-fs amplified pulses from a hollow fiber compressor as pump sources.

  16. Symposium on CIAE 600 kV ns pulse neutron generator

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    Shen Guan Ren


    CIAE 600 kV ns Pulse Neutron Generator was built by China National Nuclear Corporation, which is an important facility mainly used for experimental researches of nuclear reactions induced by 14 MeV neutrons, experimental measurements of energy spectra of secondary neutrons and charged particles and macro-checking experiments of evaluated neutron database and dosimetry researches of neutrons and gamma rays. It is the first home made one, but the fourth similar facility in the world. Six articles are included in this symposium. The articles details the general structure, radio frequency ion source, high current beam ns pulsed system, etc. The main technical problems resolved during development are discussed. And attentions and experiences in the generator adjustments are introduced

  17. Femtosecond pulse generation from a Topological Insulator mode-locked fiber laser

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    Liu, Hao; Liu, Meng; Zhao, Nian; Luo, Ai-Ping; Luo, Zhi-Chao; Xu, Wen-Cheng; Zhang, Han; Zhao, Chu-Jun; Wen, Shuang-Chun


    We reported on the generation of femtosecond pulse in an anomalous-dispersion fiber ring laser by using a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-based Topological Insulator (TI), Bi2Se3 saturable absorber (SA). The PVA-TI composite has a low saturable optical intensity of 12 MW/cm2 and a modulation depth of ~3.9%. By incorporating the fabricated PVA-TISA into a fiber laser, mode-locking operation could be achieved at a low pump threshold of 25 mW. After an optimization of the cavity parameters, optical pulse with ~660 fs centered at 1557.5 nm wavelength had been generated. The experimental results demonstrate that the PVA could be an excellent host material for fabricating high-performance TISA, and also indicate that the filmy PVA-TISA is indeed a good candidate for ultrafast saturable absorption device.

  18. Numerical simulation of narrow bipolar electromagnetic pulses generated by thunderstorm discharges (United States)

    Bochkov, E. I.; Babich, L. P.; Kutsyk, I. M.


    Using the concept of avalanche relativistic runaway electrons (REs), we perform numerical simulations of compact intracloud discharge (CID) as a generator of powerful natural electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) in the HF-VHF range, called narrow bipolar pulses (NBPs). For several values of the field overvoltage and altitude at which the discharge develops, the numbers of seed electrons initiating the avalanche are evaluated, with which the calculated EMP characteristics are consistent with the measured NBP parameters. We note shortcomings in the hypothesis assuming participation of cosmic ray air showers in avalanche initiation. The discharge capable of generating NBPs produces REs in numbers close to those in the source of terrestrial γ-ray flashes (TGFs), which can be an argument in favor of a unified NBP and TGF source.

  19. Generation of sub-100-fs pulses from a CW mode-locked chromium-doped forsterite laser (United States)

    Seas, A.; Petricevic, V.; Alfano, R. R.


    Generation of femtosecond pulses from a continuous-wave mode-locked chromium-doped forsterite laser is reported. The forsterite laser was actively mode locked by using an acoustooptic modulator operating at 78 MHz with two Brewster high-dispersion glass prisms for intracavity chirp compensation. Transform-limited sub-100-fs pulses were routinely generated in the TEM(00) mode with 85 mW of continuous power (with 1 percent output coupler), tunable over 1230-1280 nm. The shortest pulses measured had a 60-fs pulse width.

  20. High Power, Repetitive, Stacked Blumlein Pulse Generators Commuted by a Single Switching Element (United States)

    Bhawalkar, Jayant Dilip

    In this work, the stacked Blumlein pulsers developed at the University of Texas at Dallas were characterized and shown to be versatile sources of pulse power for a variety of applications. These devices consisted of several triaxial Blumleins stacked in series at one end. The lines were charged in parallel and synchronously commuted repetitively with a single switching element at the other end. In this way, relatively low charging voltages were multiplied to give a high discharge voltage across an arbitrary load without the need for complex Marx bank circuitry. Several pulser parameters such as the number of stacked Blumlein lines, line configuration, type of switching element, and the length of the lines, were varied and the waveform characteristics were observed and analyzed. It was shown that these devices are capable of generating fast rising waveforms with a wide range of peak voltage and current values. The generation of high power waveforms with pulse durations in the range of 80-600 ns was demonstrated without degradation of the voltage gains. The results of this work indicated that unlike generators based on stacked transmission lines, the effects of parasitic modes were not appreciable for the stacked Blumlein pulsers. Opportunities for tactically packaging these pulsers were also investigated and a significant reduction in their size and weight was demonstrated. For this, dielectric lifetime and Blumlein spacing studies were performed on small scale prototypes. In addition to production of intense X-ray pulses, the possible applications for these novel pulsers include driving magnetrons for high power microwave generation, pumping laser media, or powering e-beam diodes. They could also serve as compact, tabletop sources of high power pulses for various research experiments.

  1. Temperature variation induced by the pulsed-periodic laser pumping under terahertz wave generation (United States)

    Kitaeva, G. Kh; Moiseenko, E. V.; Shepelev, A. V.


    During nonlinear-optical parametric frequency conversion the heat-related effects occur, considerably influencing the conversion process. We develop versatile methods for analytic and numerical calculations of thermo-optical parameters and the temperature distribution inside a non-linear crystal pumped by periodic laser pulses. As an example, numerical results are presented for a number of laser-based schemes actual for the non-linear optical terahertz wave generation and parametric frequency conversion processes.

  2. Few-cycle nonlinear mid-IR pulse generated with cascaded quadratic nonlinearities

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    Bache, Morten; Liu, Xing; Zhou, Binbin

    Generating few-cycle energetic and broadband mid-IR pulses is an urgent current challenge in nonlinear optics. Cascaded second-harmonic generation (SHG) gives access to an ultrafast and octave-spanning self-defocusing nonlinearity: when ΔkL >> 2π the pump experiences a Kerr-like nonlinear index...... change Δn = ncascI, where ncase ∝ −d2eff/Δk, and deff is the effective quadratic nonlinearity. Due to competing material nonlinearities nKerr the total nonlinear refractive is ncubic = ncasc + nKerr. Interestingly ncubic can become negative (self-defocusing), elegantly avoiding self-focusing problems...

  3. Numerical modeling of a pulsed asynchronous generator with iron-free cylindrical solid rotor (United States)

    Guettafi, A.; Delmas, A.; Quichaud, G.


    This article presents the numerical simulation with finite element method of the transient regime of an asynchronous generator with iron-free cylindrical solid rotor. During this operation kinetic energy of the rotor is transferred through the ideal rectifier bridge to a load-inductance in order to create a high magnetic field pulse. The interest of this device is the less value of capacitors battery for self-oscillations of the asynchronous generator compared to this one necessary for direct transfer of its energy to the load-inductance.

  4. Picosecond flat-top pulse generation by low-bandwidth electro-optic sinusoidal phase modulation. (United States)

    Berger, Naum K; Levit, Boris; Fischer, Baruch; Azaña, José


    We report the first experimental demonstration to our knowledge of a microwave frequency upshifting system based on phase modulation. A sequence of flat-top optical and RF pulses at a repetition rate of 18.22 GHz, each with a FWHM time width of approximately 25 ps, is generated from a sinusoidal RF tone of only 3.680 GHz, in good agreement with our analytical and numerical calculations. A simple explanation of this technique based on Talbot effect theory is provided. The practical limitations and capabilities of the phase-modulation-based frequency upshifting approach for ultrabroadband RF waveform generation are also discussed.

  5. Numerical modeling of a pulsed asynchronous generator with iron-free cylindrical solid rotor

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    Guettafi, A. [Inst. d' Electrotechnique, Univ. de Batna, Batna (Algeria); Delmas, A.; Quichaud, G. [Lab. de Physique des Gaz et des Plasmas, Univ. Paris Sud, Orsay (France)


    This article presents the numerical simulation with finite element method of the transient regime of an asynchronous generator with iron-free cylindrical solid rotor. During this operation kinetic energy of the rotor is transferred through the ideal rectifier bridge to a load-inductance in order to create a high magnetic field pulse. The interest of this device is the less value of capacitors battery for self-oscillations of the asynchronous generator compared to this one necessary for direct transfer of its energy to the load-inductance. (orig.)

  6. Multifrequency parametric infrared Raman generation in KGd(WO(4))(2) crystal with biharmonic ultrashort-pulse pumping. (United States)

    Losev, L L; Song, J; Xia, J F; Strickland, D; Brukhanov, V V


    Mutlifrequency parametric Raman generation was carried out in a KGd(WO(4))(2) crystal by use of a dual-wavelength Ti:sapphire laser system. It was found that with femtosecond pump pulses the efficiency of Raman generation is low because of the onset of self-phase modulation. The mechanism for suppression of stimulated Raman scattering by self-phase modulation is discussed. Employing 2-ps-long chirped pulses generated four Stokes and one anti-Stokes component.

  7. Generation of 12 fs deep-ultraviolet pulses by four-wave mixing through filamentation in neon gas. (United States)

    Fuji, Takao; Horio, Takuya; Suzuki, Toshinori


    Generation of deep-ultraviolet femtosecond pulses by four-wave mixing through filamentation in neon gas was demonstrated. Fundamental (omega) and second-harmonic (2omega) pulses of 25 fs Ti:sapphire amplifier output were focused into neon gas, and 20 microJ pulses with the center wavelength of 260 nm were produced by a four-wave mixing process, 2omega+2omega-omega?3omega through an ~15 cm filament. Additionally, pulses with an energy of 2 microJ at 200 nm were generated, probably by a cascaded process, 3omega+2omega-omega?4omega. The 260 nm pulses were compressed by a grating-based compressor and characterized by a dispersion-free transient grating frequency-resolved optical gating. The estimated pulse width was 12 fs.

  8. Flexible rectangular wave-breaking-free pulse generation in actively mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber laser. (United States)

    Chen, He; Chen, Sheng-Ping; Jiang, Zong-Fu; Hou, Jing


    We demonstrate nanosecond scale rectangular wave-breaking-free pulse generation in an actively mode locked Yb-doped fiber laser based on a combined action of active periodic cavity loss modulation and nonlinear polarization rotation effect. The pulse width of the laser can be controlled in the range of 890 ps to above 124 ns instantaneously by adjusting the electrical signal applied on the modulator. As high as 19.8 nJ wave-breaking-free pulse is achieved with maximum available pump power. The output pulse temporal dynamics exhibit various distinct characteristics under different modulation and polarization control. The laser presents unusually flexible tunabilities in pulse width, pulse energy and pulse shape.

  9. Generation of femto second pulses from self mode locked Yb doped fiber laser

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    Kim, Young Won; Hong, Sung Ki; Kim, Min Suk; Ko, Kwanghoon; Lim, Changhwan [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Goo, Jae Jin; Seo, Young Suk [Technology research laboratory, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Recently, the fiber lasers have received vast attention as an oscillator of Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA)system due to their excellent output power stability. Especially, all fiber splicing connection type fiber lasers offer several advantages over conventional bulk type fiber lasers, including greater stability, compactness, and ease of management. This type of fiber laser does not need the adjustment of its spatially coupled components because it consists of only optical fibers, whereas the conventional fiber lasers using focus lenses and air gaps need the adjustment of spatially coupled components. In addition, the direct splicing of fiber components is very robust to thermal effects and mechanical disturbances because it does not need much optical alignment. We have been demonstrated the self mode locked Yb doped fiber laser by Nonlinear Polarization Rotation (NRT)which consist of all fiber splicing connection type and only PM Single mode fiber due to their structures are similar. Since no polarization instability or polarization mode beating, a highly polarized cavity can generate highly stable pulses. We have fiber ring resonator without air gap of connection between fibers, the active element as laser amplifier was PM YDF which has two air channels located in parallel to the core in order to maintain linear polarization, and we used a PANDA fiber that high internal birefringence loss maintaining linear polarization against external perturbation as shown Fig. 1. When pump power was weak, unstable noisy pulses were observed. As the Pump power gradually increased, the operation mode change to the mode locked pulse generation from noisy pulse trains. We obtain the detail pulse waveform that measuring spectrum FWHM of 70nm by digital spectrum analyzer, measuring pulse train repetition rate of 25MHz and measuring pulse width of 44 FS by SHG FROG method as shown Fig. 2. The self mode locked Yb doped fiber laser system can be widely tunable from 1020nm to

  10. Absorption and generation of femtosecond laser-pulse excited spin currents in noncollinear magnetic bilayers (United States)

    Lalieu, M. L. M.; Helgers, P. L. J.; Koopmans, B.


    Spin currents can be generated on an ultrafast time scale by excitation of a ferromagnetic (FM) thin film with a femtosecond laser pulse. Recently, it has been demonstrated that these ultrafast spin currents can transport angular momentum to neighboring FM layers, being able to change both the magnitude and orientation of the magnetization in the adjacent layer. In this paper, both the generation and absorption of these optically excited spin currents are investigated. This is done using noncollinear magnetic bilayers, i.e., two FM layers separated by a conductive spacer. Spin currents are generated in a Co/Ni multilayer with out-of-plane (OOP) anisotropy, and absorbed by a Co layer with an in-plane (IP) anisotropy. This behavior is confirmed by careful analysis of the laser-pulse induced magnetization dynamics, whereafter it is demonstrated that the transverse spin current is absorbed very locally near the injection interface of the IP layer (90 % within the first ≈2 nm). Moreover, it will also be shown that this local absorption results in the excitation of THz standing spin waves within the IP layer. The dispersion measured for these high-frequency spin waves shows a discrepancy with respect to the theoretical predictions, for which an explanation involving intermixed interface regions is proposed. Lastly, the spin current generation is investigated by using magnetic bilayers with a different number of repeats for the Co/Ni multilayer, which proves to be of great relevance for identifying the optical spin current generation mechanism.

  11. Neutron generation in deuterated nanowire arrays irradiated by femtosecond pulses of relativistic intensity (United States)

    Curtis, Alden; Calvi, Chase; Tinsley, Jim; Hollinger, Reed; Wang, Shoujun; Rockwood, Alex; Buss, Conrad; Shlyaptsev, Vyacheslav; Kaymak, Vural; Pukhov, Alexander; Wang, Yong; Rocca, Jorge; Colorado State University Collaboration; National Security Technologies Collaboration


    Nuclear fusion is regularly created in spherical plasma compressions driven with multi-kilojoule lasers. Driving fusion reactions with compact lasers that can be fired at much higher repetition rates is also of interest. We have demonstrated a new dense fusion environment created by irradiating arrays of deuterated nanostructures with Joule-level pulses from a compact Ti:Sa laser. The irradiation of ordered deuterated polyethylene nanowires arrays with femtosecond pulses of relativistic intensity is shown to create ultra-high energy density plasmas in which deuterons are accelerated to MeV energies, efficiently driving D-D fusion reactions and ultrafast neutron pulses. We have measured up to 2 x 106 fusion neutrons/Joule, a 500 times increase respect to flat solid targets, a record yield for Joule-level lasers, and have also observed a rapid increase in neutron yield with laser pulse energy. We present results of a first experiments conducted at intensities >1 x 1021 W cm-2 that generated >1 x 107 fusion neutrons per shot. Work supported by Air Force Office of Scientific Research Award Number FA9560-14-10232 and by National Security Technologies.

  12. Donut shape plasma jet plumes generated by microwave pulses even without air mole fractions (United States)

    Chen, Zhaoquan; Liu, Xiaodong; Zou, Changlin; Song, Xiao; Li, Ping; Hu, Yelin; Qiu, Hanbiao; Kudryavtsev, A. A.; Zhu, Mengzhou


    It is well known that the plasma jets driven by lower frequency voltages or pulsed DC power supply normally present with donut shaped cross sections, especially at where the diffused air mole fractions are less than 0.01. Thence, it is interesting to further study whether the donut shape is still in truth for the pulsed microwave plasma jet or not. In this letter, the cross sectional structures of atmospheric pressure plasma jet plumes driven by pulsed microwaves have been experimented on a cylindrical coaxial transmission line resonator. The plasma jet plumes demonstrate particular characteristics, like argon plasma with a donut shape but helium plasma with an uniform lighten cross section, despite whether the air mole fraction exists or not. For argon discharge, the fast images show that the donut shaped cross section only occurs at the end of each microwave pulses. In combination with helium discharge, the cross sectional patterns are immediately determined by the dominant ionization front of the plasma jet plumes, which are resonantly generated by the local enhanced electric field of ionization waves.

  13. Generating shaped femtosecond pulses in the far infrared using a spatial light modulator and difference frequency generation

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    Botha, N


    Full Text Available Femtosecond pulse shaping can be done by different kinds of pulse shapers, such as liquid crystal spatial light modulators (LC SLM), acousto optic modulators (AOM) and deformable and movable mirrors. A few applications where pulse shaping...

  14. FPGA-based design and implementation of arterial pulse wave generator using piecewise Gaussian-cosine fitting. (United States)

    Wang, Lu; Xu, Lisheng; Zhao, Dazhe; Yao, Yang; Song, Dan


    Because arterial pulse waves contain vital information related to the condition of the cardiovascular system, considerable attention has been devoted to the study of pulse waves in recent years. Accurate acquisition is essential to investigate arterial pulse waves. However, at the stage of developing equipment for acquiring and analyzing arterial pulse waves, specific pulse signals may be unavailable for debugging and evaluating the system under development. To produce test signals that reflect specific physiological conditions, in this paper, an arterial pulse wave generator has been designed and implemented using a field programmable gate array (FPGA), which can produce the desired pulse waves according to the feature points set by users. To reconstruct a periodic pulse wave from the given feature points, a method known as piecewise Gaussian-cosine fitting is also proposed in this paper. Using a test database that contains four types of typical pulse waves with each type containing 25 pulse wave signals, the maximum residual error of each sampling point of the fitted pulse wave in comparison with the real pulse wave is within 8%. In addition, the function for adding baseline drift and three types of noises is integrated into the developed system because the baseline occasionally wanders, and noise needs to be added for testing the performance of the designed circuits and the analysis algorithms. The proposed arterial pulse wave generator can be considered as a special signal generator with a simple structure, low cost and compact size, which can also provide flexible solutions for many other related research purposes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Generation of pulsed Bessel-Gauss beams using passive axicon-theoretical and experimental studies. (United States)

    Parsa, Shahrzad; Fallah, Hamid Reza; Ramezani, Mohsen; Soltanolkotabi, Mahmood


    We studied the conditions for generating passive Bessel-Gauss beams by using an axicon. We designed an appropriate Gaussian resonator and extracted a quasi-fundamental Gaussian mode from a pulsed Nd:YAG laser pumped by a Xenon flash lamp and measured its parameters, such as propagation factor, divergence angle, and Rayleigh range. Then we generated passive Bessel-Gauss beams using an axicon and investigated their propagation properties, theoretically and experimentally. For example, for the axicon of 1°, the output energy and the Rayleigh range of the generated Bessel-Gauss beams were measured to be 58 mJ and 229.3 mm, respectively. We compared these properties with our results of the Gaussian mode. Finally, by using axicons with different apex angles, and also by changing the beam spot size on the axicon, we generated Bessel-Gauss beams and studied their properties theoretically and experimentally.

  16. Pulsed Bessel-Gauss beams: a depleted wave model for type II second-harmonic generation. (United States)

    Sabaeian, Mohammad; Motazedian, Alireza; Mohammad Rezaee, Mostafa; Jalil-Abadi, Fatemeh Sedaghat


    In this work, a three-dimensional and time-dependent nonlinear wave model to describe the generation of pulsed Bessel-Gauss second-harmonic waves (SHWs) is presented. Three coupled equations, two for ordinary and extraordinary fundamental waves and one for extraordinary SHWs, describing type II second-harmonic generation (SHG) in a KTiOPO4 (KTP) crystal were solved by considering the depletion of fundamental waves (FWs). The results examined the validity of nondepleted wave approximation against the energy of pulses, beam spot size, and interaction length. It was shown that for pulses with spot sizes of ωf=80  μm and energy of 0.8j, the nonlinear interaction was accomplished over a distance of ∼5  mm. Therefore, for KTP crystals with lengths longer than 5 mm, the nondepleted wave approximation can no longer be valid. To be valid, the crystal must be shorter than the interaction length, i.e., 5 mm.

  17. Time-resolved observations of shock waves and cavitation bubbles generated by femtosecond laser pulses in corneal tissue and water. (United States)

    Juhasz, T; Kastis, G A; Suárez, C; Bor, Z; Bron, W E


    Photodisruption in ocular media with high power pulsed lasers working at non-absorbing frequencies have become a well established surgical tool since the late seventies. Shock waves and cavitation bubbles generated by the optical breakdown may strongly influence the surgical effect of photodisruptive lasers. We have investigated the shock wave and cavitation bubble effects of femtosecond laser pulses generated during photodisruption in corneal tissue and water. The results are compared to those obtained with longer laser pulses. Laser pulses with 150 fs duration at approximately 620 nm wavelength have been focused into corneal tissue and water to create optical breakdown. Time-resolved flash photography has been used to investigate the dynamics of the generated shock waves and cavitation bubbles. A rapid decay of the shock waves is observed in both materials with similar temporal characteristics and with a spatial range considerably smaller than that of shock waves induced by picosecond (or nanosecond) optical breakdown. Cavitation bubbles are observed to develop more rapidly and to reach smaller maximum diameter than those generated by longer pulses. In corneal tissue, single intrastromal cavitation bubbles generated by femtosecond pulses disappear within a few tens of seconds, notably faster than cavitation bubbles generated by picosecond pulses. The reduced shock wave and cavitation bubble effects of the femtosecond laser result in more localized tissue damage. Therefore, a more confined surgical effect should be expected from a femtosecond laser than that from picosecond (or nanosecond) lasers. This indicates a potential benefit from the applications of femtosecond laser technology to intraocular microsurgery.

  18. Polarization extinction ratio and polarization dependent intensity noise in long-pulse supercontinuum generation (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Chin, Catherine; Dybbro Engelsholm, Rasmus; Moselund, Peter Morten; Feuchter, Thomas; Leick, Lasse; Podoleanu, Adrian; Bang, Ole


    We investigate the polarization of supercontinuum generated in nominally non-birefringent silica photonic crystal fibers over the entire spectrum of the source (450-2400 nm). We demonstrate that the degree of polarization varies over the spectrum but that some parts of the spectrum show stable polarization extinction ratios (PER) of over 10 dB. We experimentally demonstrate how the spectrally resolved polarization develops with increasing power and along the length of the nonlinear fiber. The experimental results are compared to numerical simulations of coupled polarization states mimicking the experimental conditions. Subsequently, a single-shot pulse-to-pulse polarization dependent relative intensity noise (PD-RIN) was measured and the noise characteristics were analyzed using long-tailed and rogue wave statistics. To do this, we used a range of 10 nm narrow bandpass filters (BPF) between 550 nm to 2200 nm, and fast photo detectors, to record 800 consecutive pulses. Peaks from these pulses are first extracted, then distribution of their pulse height histogram (PHH) is constructed. Analysis using higher-order moments about the mean (variance, skewness and kurtosis) showed that: (1) around the pump wavelength of 1064nm, the PD-RIN is lowest, PHH exhibits a Gaussian distribution, and higher order moments are zero, (2) further away from pump, PD-RIN increases in parabolic fashion, PHH follows a left-skewed long-tailed Gamma distribution, and higher-order moments increase. Spectrally, the difference of the PD-RIN in the two orthogonal axes increases with PER.

  19. High-Average-Power Diffraction Pulse-Compression Gratings Enabling Next-Generation Ultrafast Laser Systems

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    Alessi, D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)


    Pulse compressors for ultrafast lasers have been identified as a technology gap in the push towards high peak power systems with high average powers for industrial and scientific applications. Gratings for ultrashort (sub-150fs) pulse compressors are metallic and can absorb a significant percentage of laser energy resulting in up to 40% loss as well as thermal issues which degrade on-target performance. We have developed a next generation gold grating technology which we have scaled to the petawatt-size. This resulted in improvements in efficiency, uniformity and processing as compared to previous substrate etched gratings for high average power. This new design has a deposited dielectric material for the grating ridge rather than etching directly into the glass substrate. It has been observed that average powers as low as 1W in a compressor can cause distortions in the on-target beam. We have developed and tested a method of actively cooling diffraction gratings which, in the case of gold gratings, can support a petawatt peak power laser with up to 600W average power. We demonstrated thermo-mechanical modeling of a grating in its use environment and benchmarked with experimental measurement. Multilayer dielectric (MLD) gratings are not yet used for these high peak power, ultrashort pulse durations due to their design challenges. We have designed and fabricated broad bandwidth, low dispersion MLD gratings suitable for delivering 30 fs pulses at high average power. This new grating design requires the use of a novel Out Of Plane (OOP) compressor, which we have modeled, designed, built and tested. This prototype compressor yielded a transmission of 90% for a pulse with 45 nm bandwidth, and free of spatial and angular chirp. In order to evaluate gratings and compressors built in this project we have commissioned a joule-class ultrafast Ti:Sapphire laser system. Combining the grating cooling and MLD technologies developed here could enable petawatt laser systems to

  20. Design and simulation of fast-pulse control signal generator for the electro-holographic optical switch (United States)

    Song, Yansheng; Ji, Jiarong; Dou, Wenhua; Wen, Changli


    The electro-holographic optical switch based on the quadratic electro-optic effect in paraelectric photorefractive crystals requires driving signal of fast pulse. The pulse rise/fall time and voltage are 10-10-10-8s and 102-103V, respectively, depending on the applications. A pulse control signal generator for the electro-holographic optical switch was designed and simulated. Considering the integration of pulse signal generator and the switch, the circuit employs three stages compact Marx generators utilizing parallel avalanche bipolar junction transistors series operated in the avalanche mode in each stage. These transistors and the crystals are mounted on printed circuit board. According to the simulated results, the output voltage ranged from 1.2kV to 1.5kV. The rise/fall time of this pulse is less than 3 nanoseconds. The pulse width is 20 nanoseconds, and trigger delay is about 1 nanosecond. The repetition rate is less than 50MHz which can be increased by reducing the pulse width of the trigger. The simulation results indicate that the pulse control signals from the designed generator can match the application of electro-holographic optical switch well.

  1. Dual branch high voltage pulse generator for the beam extraction of the Large Hadron Collider

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    Bonthond, J; Ducimetière, L; Jansson, U; Vossenberg, Eugène B


    The LHC beam extraction kicker system, MKD, is composed of 15 fast kicker magnets per beam to extract the particles in one turn from the collider and to dispose them, after dilution, on an external absorber. Each magnet is powered by a separate pulse generator. The original single branch generator consisted of a discharge capacitor in series with a solid state closing switch left bracket 1 right bracket operating at 30 kV. In combination with a parallel freewheel diode stack this generator produced a current pulse of 2.7 mus rise time, 18.5 kA amplitude and about 1.8 ms fall time, of which only about 90 mus are needed to dump the beam. The freewheel diode circuit is equipped with a flat top current droop compensation network, consisting of a low voltage, low stray inductance, high current discharge capacitor. Extensive reliability studies have meanwhile suggested to further increase the operational safety of this crucial system by equipping each generator with two parallel branches. This paper presents the re...

  2. Generation of broadband noise-like pulse from Yb-doped fiber laser ring cavity. (United States)

    Suzuki, Masayuki; Ganeev, Rashid A; Yoneya, Shin; Kuroda, Hiroto


    We have demonstrated a generation of the noise-like pulse (NLP) with broadband spectrum in a nonlinear polarized evolution-based passive mode-locked Yb-doped fiber (YDF) ring laser. At the cavity dispersion of near zero, the NLP with spectrum bandwidth up to 131 nm (FWHM) was obtained at a central wavelength of 1070 nm with output power of 136 mW and 80 MHz repetition rate. To our best knowledge, this spectrum bandwidth of NLP is the broadest among the reported YDF lasers. The autocorrelation function of pulse contained the short (30 fs) and long (4.6 ps) components. This short coherence light source is well suited for the optical coherent tomography used for ophthalmology at a wavelength of ∼1000  nm.

  3. UV Generation of 25 mJ/pulse at 289 nm for Ozone Lidar (United States)

    Storm, Mark E.; Marsh, Waverly; Barnes, James C.


    Our paper describes a technique for generating tunable UV laser radiation between 250-300 nm capable of energies up to 30-5O mJ/pulse. The tunability of this source is attractive for selecting ozone absorption cross sections which are optimal for ozone DIAL detection throughout the troposphere. A Nd:YAG laser is used to pump a pulsed titanium sapphire laser which is then frequency tripled into the UV. Titanium sapphire (TiS) lases robustly between 750-900 nm. In initial experiments we have converted 110 mJ of 867 nm from a TiS laser into 28 mJ at 289 nm. The energy conversion efficiency was 62% for doubling into 433 nm and 25% into 289 nm.

  4. Mechanism of single-pulse ablative generation of laser-induced periodic surface structures (United States)

    Shugaev, Maxim V.; Gnilitskyi, Iaroslav; Bulgakova, Nadezhda M.; Zhigilei, Leonid V.


    One of the remarkable capabilities of ultrashort polarized laser pulses is the generation of laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS). The origin of this phenomenon is largely attributed to the interference of the incident laser wave and surface electromagnetic wave that creates a periodic absorption pattern. Although, commonly, LIPSS are produced by repetitive irradiation of the same area by multiple laser pulses in the regime of surface melting and resolidification, recent reports demonstrate the formation of LIPSS in the single-pulse irradiation regime at laser fluences well above the ablation threshold. In this paper, we report results of a large-scale molecular dynamics simulation aimed at providing insights into the mechanisms of single-pulse ablative LIPSS formation. The simulation performed for a Cr target reveals an interplay of material removal and redistribution in the course of spatially modulated ablation, leading to the transient formation of an elongated liquid wall extending up to ˜600 nm above the surface of the target at the locations of the minima of the laser energy deposition. The upper part of the liquid wall disintegrates into droplets while the base of the wall solidifies on the time scale of ˜2 ns, producing a ˜100 -nm-tall frozen surface feature extending above the level of the initial surface of the target. The properties of the surface region of the target are modified by the presence of high densities of dislocations and vacancies generated due to the rapid and highly nonequilibrium nature of the melting and resolidification processes. The insights into the LIPSS formation mechanisms may help in designing approaches for increasing the processing speed and improving the quality of the laser-patterned periodic surface structures.

  5. Pulse generation, spectroscopy, and transitions dynamics of Er 3+ ions in YAG host (United States)

    Konieczny, Piotr; Świderski, Jacek; Zając, Andrzej


    In Er:YAG, Er:YSGG and Er:YLF lasers the most important are the three lowest energy levels of Er 3+ ion. Transitions between these levels decide about wavelength of generated laser radiation. In Er:YAG laser these levels are: 4I 15/2 (energy: 280 cm -1), 4I 13/2 (6710 cm -1), 4I 11/2 (10330 cm -1) [1]. Er:YAG has many absorption lines mainly in visual and near infrared wavelength spectrum. This laser may generate optical radiation at two wavelengths: 1,6 μm and 2,94μm. For the first one Er:YAG works as a three level quantum system and the for the second one it works as a four level quantum system. In this case the top laser level is 4I 11/2 and the down laser level is 4I 13/2. Both the wavelength generated and the work mode may be selected by dopant concentration. In lasers such as Er:YAG an analysis of transitions between levels during optical radiation absorption and generation the Boltzman distribution of energy levels occupation and thermalization effects must be taken into consideration [2]. Authors have developed computer software, which allows analysing transitions dynamics, laser output power/energy and rod's temperature increase (during pulse generation) which depends on: pump properties, initial temperature, and dopant concentration. Analysis may be carried on for monopulse generation as well as for pulse generation. This software allows simplifying Er:YAG laser application designing.


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    N. I. Boyko


    Full Text Available Purpose. To obtain experimentally that the duration of the high-voltage pulse front is less than 1.5 nanoseconds on the load of a pulse voltage generator of less than 50 ohms in the form of more than two working chambers with a water-containing product. That increases the efficiency of disinfection of treated products. Methodology. To obtain high-voltage pulses in working chambers - the generator load - the pulse generation method was used according to the Arkadyev-Marx scheme. The pulses on the load were measured with a low-ohm resistive voltage divider, transmitted over a broadband coaxial cable, and recorded using a C7-19 oscilloscope with a 5 GHz bandwidth. The working chambers were filled with water and consisted of an annular body made of PTFE 4 and metal electrodes forming the bottom and the chamber cover having flat linings of food stainless steel for contact with the food product inside the chamber. Results. The high-voltage pulses on the generator load of about 50 Ohm or less have a trapezoidal shape with a rounded apex and a base duration of no more than 80 ns. The experimentally obtained pulse amplitudes on the generator load are up to 18 kV. As the load resistance decreases, the amplitude of the pulses decreases, and the duration of the front and pulse duration in general are shortened because of the accelerated discharge of cascade capacitive storages. Originality. For the first time we have obtained experimentally on the load of the generator in the form of three parallel working chambers with water, the active resistance of each of which is less than 50 Ohm, the pulse front duration tf≈1 ns. In addition, we have obtained experimentally a stable 9-10 channel triggering mode of the trigatron type spark gap in a five-cascade pulse voltage generator with a step-by-step peaking (exacerbation of the pulse front in its cascades (GPVCP. Practical value. We have obtained experimentally the nanosecond pulse front duration on the GPVCP

  7. Nonlinear currents generated in plasma by a radiation pulse with a frequency exceeding the electron plasma frequency

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    Grishkov, V. E.; Uryupin, S. A., E-mail: [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)


    It is shown that the nonlinear currents generated in plasma by a radiation pulse with a frequency exceeding the electron plasma frequency change substantially due to a reduction in the effective electron–ion collision frequency.

  8. On-chip two-octave supercontinuum generation by enhancing self-steepening of optical pulses. (United States)

    Zhang, Lin; Yan, Yan; Yue, Yang; Lin, Qiang; Painter, Oskar; Beausoleil, Raymond G; Willner, Alan E


    Dramatic advances in supercontinuum generation have been made recently using photonic crystal fibers, but it is quite challenging to obtain an octave-spanning supercontinuum on a chip, partially because of strong dispersion in high-index-contrast nonlinear integrated waveguides. We show by simulation that extremely flat and low dispersion can be achieved in silicon nitride slot waveguides over a wavelength band of 500 nm. Different from most of previously reported supercontinua that were generated either by higher-order soliton fission in anomalous dispersion regime or by self-phase modulation in normal dispersion regime, a two-octave supercontinuum from 630 to 2650 nm (360 THz in total) can be generated by enhancing self-steepening in pulse propagation in nearly zero dispersion regime, when an optical shock as short as 3 fs is formed.

  9. Development of a plasma generator for a long pulse ion source for neutral beam injectors. (United States)

    Watanabe, K; Dairaku, M; Tobari, H; Kashiwagi, M; Inoue, T; Hanada, M; Jeong, S H; Chang, D H; Kim, T S; Kim, B R; Seo, C S; Jin, J T; Lee, K W; In, S R; Oh, B H; Kim, J; Bae, Y S


    A plasma generator for a long pulse H(+)/D(+) ion source has been developed. The plasma generator was designed to produce 65 A H(+)/D(+) beams at an energy of 120 keV from an ion extraction area of 12 cm in width and 45 cm in length. Configuration of the plasma generator is a multi-cusp bucket type with SmCo permanent magnets. Dimension of a plasma chamber is 25 cm in width, 59 cm in length, and 32.5 cm in depth. The plasma generator was designed and fabricated at Japan Atomic Energy Agency. Source plasma generation and beam extraction tests for hydrogen coupling with an accelerator of the KSTAR ion source have been performed at the KSTAR neutral beam test stand under the agreement of Japan-Korea collaborative experiment. Spatial uniformity of the source plasma at the extraction region was measured using Langmuir probes and ±7% of the deviation from an averaged ion saturation current density was obtained. A long pulse test of the plasma generation up to 200 s with an arc discharge power of 70 kW has been successfully demonstrated. The arc discharge power satisfies the requirement of the beam production for the KSTAR NBI. A 70 keV, 41 A, 5 s hydrogen ion beam has been extracted with a high arc efficiency of 0.9 -1.1 A/kW at a beam extraction experiment. A deuteron yield of 77% was measured even at a low beam current density of 73 mA/cm(2). © 2011 American Institute of Physics

  10. Generation of parabolic similaritons in tapered silicon photonic wires: comparison of pulse dynamics at telecom and mid-infrared wavelengths. (United States)

    Lavdas, Spyros; Driscoll, Jeffrey B; Jiang, Hongyi; Grote, Richard R; Osgood, Richard M; Panoiu, Nicolae C


    We study the generation of parabolic self-similar optical pulses in tapered Si photonic nanowires (Si-PhNWs) at both telecom (λ=1.55 μm) and mid-infrared (λ=2.2 μm) wavelengths. Our computational study is based on a rigorous theoretical model, which fully describes the influence of linear and nonlinear optical effects on pulse propagation in Si-PhNWs with arbitrarily varying width. Numerical simulations demonstrate that, in the normal dispersion regime, optical pulses evolve naturally into parabolic pulses upon propagation in millimeter-long tapered Si-PhNWs, with the efficiency of this pulse-reshaping process being strongly dependent on the spectral and pulse parameter regime in which the device operates, as well as the particular shape of the Si-PhNWs.

  11. Generation of a passively Q-switched mode-locked pulse from a laser diode pumped Nd:YAG laser

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    Jeong, T M; Kim, C J; Nam, C H


    A passively Q-switched, mode-locked pulse was generated from a laser diode pumped Nd:YAG laser. The passive Q-switching was performed by using a Cr sup 4 sup + :YAG saturable absorber. The mode-locked pulse inside the Q-switched pulse was obtained by using a nonlinear mirror mode-locking without any tight focusing geometry. With a Cr sup 4 sup + :YAG saturable absorber and a nonlinear mirror mode locking method, a mode-locked pulse with a pulse width of less than 600 ps and a repetition rate of 714 MHz was obtained inside a Q-switched pulse envelope with a temporal duration of 80 ns and a repetition rate of about 2 kHz.

  12. Study of Nonlinear Propagation of Ultrashort Laser Pulses and Its Application to Harmonic Generation (United States)

    Weerawarne, Darshana L.

    Laser filamentation, which is one of the exotic nonlinear optical phenomena, is self-guidance of high-power laser beams due to the dynamic balance between the optical Kerr effect (self-focusing) and other nonlinear effects such as plasma defocusing. It has many applications including supercontinuum generation (SCG), high-order harmonic generation (HHG), lightning guiding, stand-off sensing, and rain making. The main focus of this work is on studying odd-order harmonic generation (HG) (i.e., 3o, 5o, 7o, etc., where o is the angular frequency) in centrosymmetric media while a high-power, ultrashort harmonic-driving pulse undergoes nonlinear propagation such as laser filamentation. The investigation of highly-controversial nonlinear indices of refraction by measuring low-order HG in air is carried out. Furthermore, time-resolved (i.e., pump-probe) experiments and significant harmonic enhancements are presented and a novel HG mechanism based on higher-order nonlinearities is proposed to explain the experimental results. C/C++ numerical simulations are used to solve the nonlinear Schrodinger equation (NLSE) which supports the experimental findings. Another project which I have performed is selective sintering using lasers. Short-pulse lasers provide a fascinating tool for material processing, especially when the conventional oven-based techniques fail to process flexible materials for smart energy/electronics applications. I present experimental and theoretical studies on laser processing of nanoparticle-coated flexible materials, aiming to fabricate flexible electronic devices.

  13. Simple open-cavity pulsed Brillouin fiber laser with broadband supercontinuum generation (United States)

    Luo, Xing; Xu, Zhongwei; Peng, Jinggang; Yang, Luyun; Dai, Nengli; Li, Haiqing; Li, Jinyan


    A simple open-cavity laser is proposed for supercontinuum generation. Broadband supercontinuum covering the wavelength from 630 to 1700 nm with low multimode LD pump power ( 1.7 W) is demonstrated. Giant nanosecond pulse generation can be realized by pumping a piece of Yb-doped double cladding fiber combined with two pieces of long passive fibers. There are no reflectors or modulators included in this laser. It is confirmed that the process of the passive self-Q-switch is mainly based on the stimulated Brillouin scattering effect. The peak power of the giant nanosecond pulses is high enough to generate supercontinuum with over 1000 nm bandwidth even in standard single-mode fiber, which makes this supercontinuum laser source low-cost and compact. Replacing the standard single-mode fiber with a piece of high nonlinear photonic crystal fiber, broader and flatter supercontinuum can be obtained because of the high nonlinear coefficient and the blue-shift of the zero-dispersion wavelength.

  14. The effect of laser contrast on generation of highly charged Fe ions by ultra-intense femtosecond laser pulses (United States)

    Faenov, Anatoly Ya.; Alkhimova, Maria A.; Pikuz, Tatiana A.; Skobelev, Igor Yu.; Nishiuchi, Mamiko; Sakaki, Hironao; Pirozhkov, Alexander S.; Sagisaka, Akito; Dover, Nicholas P.; Kondo, Kotaro; Ogura, Koichi; Fukuda, Yuji; Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Andreev, Alexander; Nishitani, Keita; Miyahara, Takumi; Watanabe, Yukinobu; Pikuz, Sergey A.; Kando, Masaki; Kodama, Ruosuke; Kondo, Kiminori


    Experimental studies on the formation of highly charged ions of medium-Z elements using femtosecond laser pulses with different contrast levels were carried out. Multiply charged Fe ions were generated by laser pulses with 35 fs duration and an intensity exceeding 1021 W/cm2. Using high-resolution X-ray spectroscopic methods, bulk electron temperature of the generated plasma has been identified. It is shown that the presence of a laser pre-pulse at a contrast level of 105-106 with respect to the main pulse drastically decreases the degree of Fe ionization. We conclude that an effective source of energetic, multiply charged moderate and high- Z ions based on femtosecond laser-plasma interactions can be created only using laser pulses of ultra-high contrast.

  15. Tunable optical code converter using XPM and linear-slope pulse streams generated by FBGs. (United States)

    Kodama, Takahiro; Wada, Naoya; Cincotti, Gabriella; Kitayama, Ken-ichi


    We propose for the first time (to the best of our knowledge) and demonstrate a tunable multiple optical code (OC) converter for flexible networks that allows dynamic code (bandwidth) allocation in a way similar to a tunable laser. With respect to other OC converters, this scheme can convert both specific and multiple OCs by changing only the amplifier gain. The proposed scheme uses cross-phase modulation (XPM) and two linear-slope control pulse streams generated by fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) in the C-band. The OC converter can be used to avoid collisions in optical packet switching networks, and we analyze the corresponding packet loss probability performance.

  16. Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb: GSO laser generating 72 fs pulses (United States)

    Tian, Wenlong; Wang, Zhaohua; Zhu, Jiangfeng; Zheng, Lihe; Xu, Xiaodong; Xu, Jun; Wei, Zhiyi


    The generation of 72 fs hyperbolic secant pulses centered at 1050 nm with 17.8 nm bandwidth from a diode pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb: GSO laser is demonstrated. With the help of a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror, stable mode-locking with an average output power of 85 mW at a repetition rate of 113 MHz is realized. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of Kerr-lens mode-locking in Yb: GSO laser.

  17. Generation of a sequence of frequency-modulated pulses in longitudinally inhomogeneous optical waveguides (United States)

    Zolotovskii, I. O.; Lapin, V. A.; Sementsov, D. I.; Stolyarov, D. A.


    The conditions for the generation and efficient amplification of frequency-modulated soliton-like wave packets in longitudinally inhomogeneous active optical waveguides have been studied. The possibility of forming a sequence of pico- and subpicosecond pulses from quasi-continuous radiation in active and passive optical waveguides with the group-velocity dispersion (GVD) changing over the waveguide length is considered. The behavior of a wave packet in the well-developed phase of modulation instability with a change in the waveguide inhomogeneity parameters has been investigated based on the numerical analysis.

  18. Short-pulse generation in a diode-end-pumped solid-state laser

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    Ngcobo, S


    Full Text Available theoretical PQSML,th of 2.08W. Short-Pulse Generation in a Diode-End-Pumped Solid-State Laser S. Ngcobo1,2, C. Bollig1 and H. Von Bergmann2 1CSIR National Laser Centre, PO Box 395, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa 2Laser Research Center, University... in the picosecond region with a maximum average output power of 2.8W. Passive modelocking of the Nd:YVO4 laser has been demonstrated using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). THEORETICAL ANALYSIS Ultra-fast solid state lasers are a key component...


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    Dmitry S. Ivanov


    Full Text Available We have completed modeling of a laser pulse influence on a gold target. We have applied a hybrid atomistic-continuum model to analyze the physical mechanisms responsible for the process of nanostructuring. The model combines the advantages of Molecular Dynamics and Two Temperature Model. We have carried out a direct comparison of the modeling results and experimental data on nano-modification due to a single ps laser pulse at the energy densities significantly exceeding the melting threshold. The experimental data is obtained due to a laser pulse irradiation at the wavelength of 248 nm and duration of 1.6 ps. The mask projection (diffraction grating creates the sinusoidal intensity distribution on a gold surface with periods of 270 nm, 350 nm, and 500 nm. The experimental data and modeling results have demonstrated a good match subject to complex interrelations between a fast material response to the laser excitation, generation of crystal defects, phase transitions and hydrodynamic motion of matter under condition of strong laser-induced non-equilibrium. The performed work confirms the proposed approach as a powerful tool for revealing the physical mechanisms underlying the process of nanostructuring of metal surfaces. Detailed understanding of the dynamics of these processes gives the possibility for designing the topology of functional surfaces on nano- and micro-scales.

  20. Cross-validation of theoretically quantified fiber continuum generation and absolute pulse measurement by MIIPS for a broadband coherently controlled optical source

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    Tu, H.; Liu, Y.; Lægsgaard, Jesper


    source with the MIIPS-integrated pulse shaper produces compressed transform-limited 9.6 fs (FWHM) pulses or arbitrarily shaped pulses at a central wavelength of 1020 nm, an average power over 100 mW, and a repetition rate of 76 MHz. In comparison to the 229-fs pump laser pulses that generate the fiber...

  1. Femtosecond Spin Current Pulses Generated by the Nonthermal Spin-Dependent Seebeck Effect and Interacting with Ferromagnets in Spin Valves. (United States)

    Alekhin, Alexandr; Razdolski, Ilya; Ilin, Nikita; Meyburg, Jan P; Diesing, Detlef; Roddatis, Vladimir; Rungger, Ivan; Stamenova, Maria; Sanvito, Stefano; Bovensiepen, Uwe; Melnikov, Alexey


    Using the sensitivity of optical second harmonic generation to currents, we demonstrate the generation of 250-fs long spin current pulses in Fe/Au/Fe/MgO(001) spin valves. The temporal profile of these pulses indicates ballistic transport of hot electrons across a sub-100 nm Au layer. The pulse duration is primarily determined by the thermalization time of laser-excited hot carriers in Fe. Considering the calculated spin-dependent Fe/Au interface transmittance we conclude that a nonthermal spin-dependent Seebeck effect is responsible for the generation of ultrashort spin current pulses. The demonstrated rotation of spin polarization of hot electrons upon interaction with noncollinear magnetization at Au/Fe interfaces holds high potential for future spintronic devices.

  2. Composite solid armature consolidation by pulse power processing - A novel homopolar generator application in EML technology (United States)

    Persad, C.; Peterson, D. R.; Zowarka, R. C.


    Graded electrical resistance and assured sliding contact are among the desirable characteristics for the solid armatures used in railguns attainable through the use of composite materials. Metal-metal, metal-ceramic, and metal-polymer composites are generic types of potential solid armature materials. The authors describe the production of these composites by a novel experimental approach that uses a homopolar generator in a pulse-powered materials consolidation system. The processing of Copper-tungsten and aluminum-alumina composites is used to demonstrate versatility of the homopolar generator as a materials processing tool. Powder metallurgy and laminate bonding approaches have been utilized. Composite solid armature materials have been consolidated with subsecond high-temperature exposure. Densification in the solid state proceeds by a warm/hot forging mechanism, and fully dense composites are obtained by a combined application of pressure and a controlled energy input.

  3. Reconfigurable optofluidic switch for generation of optical pulse width modulation based on tunable reflective interface. (United States)

    Mansuori, M; Zareei, G H; Hashemi, H


    We present a numerical method for generation of optical pulse width modulation (PWM) based on tunable reflective interface by using a microfluidic droplet. We demonstrate a single layer, planar, optofluidic PWM switch that is driven by excited alternating microbubbles. The main parameters of generation of this PWM such as frequency and speed of switching can be controlled by the mass flow rates of input fluids, and the shape of plug or droplet. Advantages of this design are the reconfigurability in design and the easy control of the switching parameters. The validation of the proposed design is carried out by employing the finite element method (FEM) for the mechanical simulation and the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) for the optical simulation.

  4. A high voltage pulse generator based on silicon-controlled rectifier for field-reversed configuration experiment (United States)

    Lin, Munan; Liu, Ming; Zhu, Guanghui; Wang, Yanpeng; Shi, Peiyun; Sun, Xuan


    A high voltage pulse generator based on a silicon-controlled rectifier has been designed and implemented for a field reversed configuration experiment. A critical damping circuit is used in the generator to produce the desired pulse waveform. Depending on the load, the rise time of the output trigger signal can be less than 1 μs, and the peak amplitudes of trigger voltage and current are up to 8 kV and 85 A in a single output. The output voltage can be easily adjusted by changing the voltage on a capacitor of the generator. In addition, the generator integrates an electrically floating heater circuit so it is capable of triggering either pseudosparks (TDI-type hydrogen thyratron) or ignitrons. Details of the circuits and their implementation are described in the paper. The trigger generator has successfully controlled the discharging sequence of the pulsed power supply for a field reversed configuration experiment.

  5. Theoretical investigation of the isolated attosecond pulse generation by restraining the spatial distribution of high-order harmonic emission (United States)

    Xia, Chang-Long; Liu, Qi-Ying; Miao, Xiang-Yang


    Isolated attosecond pulse (IAP) generation is theoretically investigated by using a few-cycle laser pulse from a two-dimensional model of hydrogen molecular ion. The harmonic spectra from two nuclei of hydrogen molecular ion lead to interference. We investigate the spatial distribution in harmonic generation and propose a scheme to restrain the harmonic generation from the nucleus along the positive-x direction, and thus the interference is weaken in spatial. By using a few-cycle 800 nm chirped laser pulse, the harmonics are mainly generated from the nucleus along negative-x direction in the region of 130th to 230th order. The harmonic spectra are smooth and are mainly contributed by the short quantum path near the cutoff region and IAP with a duration of 97 as is generated. The semiclassical of three-step model is also used to illustrate the physical mechanism.

  6. Kilohertz generation of high contrast polarization states for visible femtosecond pulses via phase-locked acousto-optic pulse shapers

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    Seiler, Hélène; Walsh, Brenna; Palato, Samuel; Kambhampati, Patanjali, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0B8 (Canada); Thai, Alexandre; Forget, Nicolas [Fastlite, 1900 route des Crêtes, 06560 Valbonne (France); Crozatier, Vincent [Fastlite, Centre Scientifique d' Orsay, Bât.503, Plateau du Moulon, BP 45 Orsay (France)


    We present a detailed analysis of a setup capable of arbitrary amplitude, phase, and polarization shaping of broadband visible femtosecond pulses at 1 kHz via a pair of actively phase stabilized acousto-optic programmable dispersive filters arranged in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer geometry. The setup features phase stability values around λ/225 at 580 nm as well as degrees of polarization of at least 0.9 for any polarization state. Both numbers are important metrics to evaluate a setup's potential for applications based on polarization-shaped femtosecond pulses, such as fully coherent multi-dimensional electronic spectroscopy.

  7. A 3-10 GHz IR-UWB CMOS Pulse Generator With 6-mW Peak Power Dissipation Using A Slow-Charge Fast-Discharge Technique

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    Shen, Ming; Yin, Ying-Zheng; Jiang, Hao


    This letter proposes a UWB pulse generator topology featuring low peak power dissipation for applications with stringent instantaneous power requirements. This is accomplished by employing a new slow-charge fast-discharge approach to extend the time duration of the generator's peak current so...... that the peak value of the current is significantly reduced, while maintaining the waveform of the generated UWB pulse signal. A prototype pulse generator has been implemented using the UMC 0.18 μm CMOS process for validation. The pulse generator offers a 3-10 GHz bandwidth, a maximum pulse repetitive rate of 1...... Gpps, a minimum peak power consumption of 6 mW, and a low energy consumption of 5 pJ/pulse. The fabricated pulse generator measures 0.16 mm2....

  8. 260 fs and 1 nJ pulse generation from a compact, mode-locked Tm-doped fiber laser. (United States)

    Sobon, Grzegorz; Sotor, Jaroslaw; Pasternak, Iwona; Krajewska, Aleksandra; Strupinski, Wlodek; Abramski, Krzysztof M


    We report on generation of 260 fs-short pulses with energy of 1.1 nJ from a fully fiberized, monolithic Tm-doped fiber laser system. The design comprises a simple, graphene-based ultrafast oscillator and an integrated all-fiber chirped pulse amplifier (CPA). The system generates 110 mW of average power at 100.25 MHz repetition rate and central wavelength of 1968 nm. This is, to our knowledge, the highest pulse energy generated from a fully fiberized sub-300 fs Tm-doped laser, without the necessity of using grating-based dispersion compensation. Such compact, robust and cost-effective system might serve as a seed source for nonlinear frequency conversion or mid-infrared supercontinuum generation.

  9. Quasimonoenergetic and low emittance ion bunch generation from ultrathin targets by counterpropagating laser pulses of ultrarelativistic intensities

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    Avetissian, H K; Mkrtchian, G F; Sedrakian, Kh V


    A new method for generation of quasimonoenergetic and low emittance fast ion/nuclei bunches of solid densities from nanotargets by two counterpropagating laser pulses of ultrarelativistic intensities is proposed, based on the threshold phenomenon of particles "reflection" due to induced nonlinear Compton scattering. Particularly, a setup is considered which provides generation of ion bunches with parameters that are required in hadron therapy.

  10. Generation of octave-spanning mid-infrared pulses from cascaded second-order nonlinear processes in a single crystal. (United States)

    Yin, Yanchun; Ren, Xiaoming; Chew, Andrew; Li, Jie; Wang, Yang; Zhuang, Fengjiang; Wu, Yi; Chang, Zenghu


    We report on experimental generation of a 6.8 μJ laser pulse spanning from 1.8 to 4.2 μm from cascaded second-order nonlinear processes in a 0.4-mm BiB3O6 (BIBO) crystal. The nonlinear processes are initiated by intra-pulse difference frequency generation (DFG) using spectrally broadened Ti:Sapphire spectrum, followed by optical parametric amplification (OPA) of the DFG pulse. The highest energy, 12.6 μJ, is achieved in a 0.8-mm BIBO crystal with a spectrum spanning from 1.8 to 3.5 μm. Such cascaded nonlinear processes are enabled by the broadband pump and the coincident phase matching angle of DFG and OPA. The spectrum is initiated from the DFG process and is thus expected to have passive stable carrier-envelope phase, which can be used to seed either a chirped pulse amplifier (CPA) or an optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier (OPCPA) for achieving high-energy few-cycle mid-infrared pulses. Such cascaded second-order nonlinear processes can be found in many other crystals such as KTA, which can extend wavelengths further into mid-infrared. We achieved a 0.8 μJ laser pulse spanning from 2.2 to 5.0 μm in KTA.

  11. Generation of double-scale pulses in a LD-pumped Yb:phosphate solid-state laser. (United States)

    Wang, Sha; Wang, Yan-Biao; Feng, Guo-Ying; Zhou, Shou-Huan


    We have demonstrated a generation of double-scale in a laser diode (LD)-pumped Yb:phosphate solid-state laser. The double-scale pulse with a spectrum bandwidth of 4.6 nm is obtained at a central wavelength of 1030 nm with maximum output power of 377 mW and 80 MHz repetition rate. The autocorrelation function of the double-scale pulse contained a 510 fs short peak and 12.51 ps long pedestal. To our best knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a double-scale pulse mode-locked solid-state laser.

  12. Photonic generation of ultrawideband monocycle and doublet pulses by using a semiconductor-optical-amplifier-based wavelength converter

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    Zhou, Enbo; Yu, Xianbin; Zhang, Xinliang


    Photonic generation of ultrawideband (UWB) monocycle and doublet pulses is experimentally demonstrated using a cascaded electroabsorption modulator (EAM) and semiconductor optical amplifier by exploiting a combination of cross-absorption modulation and cross-gain modulation. The polarities and sh...... and shapes of UWB monocycle and doublet pulses can be simply controlled using an optical time-delay controller and the reverse voltage applied to the EAM. The corresponding measured rf spectra meet the UWB criteria....

  13. Generation of femtosecond soft x-ray pulse by interaction between laser and electron beam in an electron storage ring

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    Inoue, T; Amano, S; Mochizuki, T; Yatsuzaka, M


    A femtosecond synchrotron radiation pulse train can be extracted from an electron storage ring by interaction between an ultrashort laser pulse and an electron beam in an undulator. Generation system of a femtosecond soft x-ray pulse by the slicing technique was studied with numerical calculations for its performance, as applicable for the NewSUBARU synchrotron radiation facility at LASTI. The femtosecond electron pulse, that is energy-modulated with a Ti:sapphire laser at a pulse energy of 100 mu J, a pulse width of 150 fs, and repetition frequency of 20 kHz, can be sufficiently separated in a bending magnet. A femtosecond soft x-ray pulse (the critical photon energy of 0.69 keV and a pulse width of 250 fs) is obtained with a collimator (diameter of 800 mu m phi), and it has an average brightness 3 x 10 sup 6 photons/s/mm sup 2 /mrad sup 2 /0.1 %BW and an average photon flux 10 sup 5 photons/s/0.1 %BW. (author)

  14. Attosecond light pulses generation along the target surface driven by obliquely-incident lasers (United States)

    Zhang, Y. X.; Qiao, B.; Xu, X. R.; Chang, H. X.; Zhang, H.; Lu, H. Y.; Yu, M. Y.; Zhou, C. T.; Zhu, S. P.; He, X. T.


    A practical approach to achieve strong coherent synchrotron emissions (CSE) in relativistic laser-plasma interaction is proposed, where a plane target with its electron density satisfying the self-similar parameter S ≃ n e 0 / a 0 n c = 1 is obliquely irradiated by a P-polarized laser pulse. In this case, electrons at the target surface are periodically dragged out into the vacuum by the laser field component perpendicular to the target surface, resulting in the formation of a series of dense electron bunches propagating along the target surface. Intense CSE is generated by these electron bunches under acceleration by the laser field component parallel to the target surface. Two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations show that an intense attosecond light pulse at intensity 9.1 × 1020 W/cm2 (electric field strength ˜41% as that of the drive laser) can be obtained through such CSE. In the high-order harmonics with 15 ω 0 < ω n < 500 ω 0 (ω0 is the laser frequency), the power spectrum of the emission scales as I ( n ) ˜ n - 1.8 and the conversion efficiency from laser to emission reaches ˜10-2.

  15. Tubular Cardiac Tissues Derived from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Generate Pulse Pressure In Vivo (United States)

    Seta, Hiroyoshi; Matsuura, Katsuhisa; Sekine, Hidekazu; Yamazaki, Kenji; Shimizu, Tatsuya


    Human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell-derived cardiac cells provide the possibility to fabricate cardiac tissues for transplantation. However, it remains unclear human bioengineered cardiac tissues function as a functional pump in vivo. Human iPS cells induced to cardiomyocytes in suspension were cultured on temperature-responsive dishes to fabricate cardiac cell sheets. Two pairs of triple-layered sheets were transplanted to wrap around the inferior vena cava (IVC) of nude rats. At 4 weeks after transplantation, inner pressure changes in the IVC were synchronized with electrical activations of the graft. Under 80 pulses per minute electrical stimulation, the inner pressure changes at 8 weeks increased to 9.1 ± 3.2 mmHg, which were accompanied by increases in the baseline inner pressure of the IVC. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that 0.5-mm-thick cardiac troponin T-positive cardiac tissues, which contained abundant human mitochondria, were clearly engrafted lamellar around the IVC and surrounded by von Willebrand factor-positive capillary vessels. The mRNA expression of several contractile proteins in cardiac tissues at 8 weeks in vivo was significantly upregulated compared with those at 4 weeks. We succeeded in generating pulse pressure by tubular human cardiac tissues in vivo. This technology might lead to the development of a bioengineered heart assist pump. PMID:28358136

  16. Bilayer Bismuth Selenide nanoplatelets based saturable absorber for ultra-short pulse generation (Invited) (United States)

    Xu, Yanhua; Xie, Hanhan; Jiang, Guobao; Miao, Lili; Wang, Ke; Tang, Siying; Yu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Han; Bao, Qiaoliang


    Based on an efficient and bottom-up synthesis technique, Bismuth Selenide (Bi2Se3) nanoplatelets with uniform morphology and average thickness down to 3-7 nm had been fabricated. Its nonlinear absorption property under high power excitation had been well characterized by our Z-scan measurement system at different illumination wavelengths, and we found that the as-fabricated bi-layer Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets show unique nonlinear optical responses, that is, with a saturable optical intensity of 32 GW/cm2 (resp. 3.7 MW/cm2) and a modulation depth of 88% (resp. 36%) at 800 nm (resp. 1565 nm). By implementing its saturable absorption property, we designed an optical saturable absorber device based on bilayer Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets through deposited them onto the end-facet of optical fiber. The as-fabricated optical saturable absorber device allows for the generation of mode-locking pulses at 1571 nm with pulse duration of 579 fs and a repetition rate of 12.54 MHz at a pump power of 160 mW. The method on fabricating ultrathin Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets may pave a new way to massive production of large-area topological insulator thin films that can be used in two-dimensional layered materials related photonics device.

  17. Generation of bandwidth-limited tunable picosecond pulses by injection- locked parametric oscillators

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    Magnitskii, S.A.; Malachova, V.I.; Tarasevich, A.P.; Tunkin, V.G.; Yakubovich, S.D.


    We report a new Nd:YAG-pumped picosecond optical parametric oscillator that generates bandwidth-limited pulses. Using two LiNbO/sub 3/ crystals, it produces tunable, (signal-wave) pulses of 18-psec duration and nu.. = 1.2 cm/sup -1/ FWHM ( nu..tau = 0.7). The output energy of the optical parametric oscillators in a signal wave is no less than 2 mJ with 10% energy stability. The key to this device is the injection of cw single-frequency GaAs diode-laser radiation. Using the injection of diode-laser radiation, we have measured the spectral intensity of a quantun noise at lambda = 0.85 The intensity was found to be 6 +- 2 W/cm/sup 2/ cm/sup -1/ sr (theoretical value, 4.7 W/cm/sup 2/ cm/sup -1/ sr).

  18. Field-programmable gate array-controlled sweep velocity-locked laser pulse generator (United States)

    Chen, Zhen; Hefferman, Gerald; Wei, Tao


    A field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-controlled sweep velocity-locked laser pulse generator (SV-LLPG) design based on an all-digital phase-locked loop (ADPLL) is proposed. A distributed feedback laser with modulated injection current was used as a swept-frequency laser source. An open-loop predistortion modulation waveform was calibrated using a feedback iteration method to initially improve frequency sweep linearity. An ADPLL control system was then implemented using an FPGA to lock the output of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer that was directly proportional to laser sweep velocity to an on-board system clock. Using this system, linearly chirped laser pulses with a sweep bandwidth of 111.16 GHz were demonstrated. Further testing evaluating the sensing utility of the system was conducted. In this test, the SV-LLPG served as the swept laser source of an optical frequency-domain reflectometry system used to interrogate a subterahertz range fiber structure (sub-THz-FS) array. A static strain test was then conducted and linear sensor results were observed.

  19. Generation of a high-brightness pulsed positron beam for the Munich scanning positron microscope

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    Piochacz, Christian


    Within the present work the prerequisites for the operation of the Munich scanning positron microscope (SPM) at the high intense neutron induced positron source Munich (NEPOMUC) were established. This was accomplished in two steps: Firstly, a re-moderation device was installed at the positron beam facility NEPOMUC, which enhances the brightness of the positron beam for all connected experiments. The second step was the design, set up and initial operation of the SPM interface for the high efficient conversion of the continuous beam into a bunched beam. The in-pile positron source NEPOMUC creates a positron beam with a diameter of typically 7 mm, a kinetic energy of 1 keV and an energy spread of 50 eV. The NEPOMUC re-moderator generates from this beam a low energy positron beam (20 - 200 eV) with a diameter of less than 2 mm and an energy spread well below 2.5 eV. This was achieved with an excellent total efficiency of 6.55{+-}0.25 %. The re-moderator was not only the rst step to implement the SPM at NEPOMUc, it enables also the operation of the pulsed low energy positron beam system (PLEPS). Within the present work, at this spectrometer rst positron lifetime measurements were performed, which revealed the defect types of an ion irradiated uranium molybdenum alloy. Moreover, the instruments which were already connected to the positron beam facility bene ts considerably of the high brightness enhancement. In the new SPM interface an additional re-moderation stage enhances the brightness of the beam even more and will enable positron lifetime measurements at the SPM with a lateral resolution below 1 {mu}m. The efficiency of the re-moderation process in this second stage was 24.5{+-}4.5 %. In order to convert high efficiently the continuous positron beam into a pulsed beam with a repetition rate of 50 MHz and a pulse duration of less than 50 ps, a sub-harmonic pre-bucher was combined with two sine wave bunchers. Furthermore, the additional re-moderation stage of the

  20. Field-Distortion Air-Insulated Switches for Next-Generation Pulsed-Power Accelerators

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    Wisher, Matthew Louis [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Johns, Owen M. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Breden, Eric Wayne [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Calhoun, Jacob Daniel [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Gruner, Frederick Rusticus [Kinetech LLC, Cedar Crest, NM (United States); Hohlfelder, Robert James [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Mulville, Thomas D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Muron, David J. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Stoltzfus, Brian S. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Stygar, William A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    We have developed two advanced designs of a field-distortion air-insulated spark-gap switch that reduce the size of a linear-transformer-driver (LTD) brick. Both designs operate at 200 kV and a peak current of ~50 kA. At these parameters, both achieve a jitter of less than 2 ns and a prefire rate of ~0.1% over 5000 shots. We have reduced the number of switch parts and assembly steps, which has resulted in a more uniform, design-driven assembly process. We will characterize the performance of tungsten-copper and graphite electrodes, and two different electrode geometries. The new switch designs will substantially improve the electrical and operational performance of next-generation pulsed-power accelerators.

  1. Staged Z-pinch Experiments at the 1MA Zebra pulsed-power generator: Neutron measurements (United States)

    Ruskov, Emil; Darling, T.; Glebov, V.; Wessel, F. J.; Anderson, A.; Beg, F.; Conti, F.; Covington, A.; Dutra, E.; Narkis, J.; Rahman, H.; Ross, M.; Valenzuela, J.


    We report on neutron measurements from the latest Staged Z-pinch experiments at the 1MA Zebra pulsed-power generator. In these experiments a hollow shell of argon or krypton gas liner, injected between the 1 cm anode-cathode gap, compresses a deuterium plasma target of varying density. Axial magnetic field Bz liquid scintillator detector to which fast gatedPhotek photomultipliers are attached. Sample data from these neutron diagnostics systems is presented. Consistently high neutron yields YDD >109 are measured, with highest yield of 2.6 ×109 . A pair of horizontally and vertically placed plastic scintillator nTOFs suggest isotropic i.e. thermonuclear origin of the neutrons produced. nTOF data from the liquid scintillator detector was cross-calibrated with the silver activation detector, and can be used for accurate calculation of the neutron yield. Funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, under Grant Number DE-AR0000569.

  2. Technique for the Generation of Attosecond X-Ray Pulses Using an FEL

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    Penn, Gregory


    We describe a technique for the generation of an isolated burst of X-ray radiation with a duration of ~100 attoseconds in a free electron laser (FEL) employing self-amplified spontaneous emission. Our scheme relies on an initial interaction of the electron beam with an ultra-short laser pulse in a one-period wiggler followed by compression in a dispersive section. The result of this interaction is to create a sub-femtosecond slice of the electron beam with enhanced growth rates for FEL amplification. After many gain lengths through the FEL undulator, the X-ray output from this slice dominates the radiation of the entire bunch. We consider the impact of various effects on the efficiency of this technique. Different configurations are considered in order to realize various timing structures for the resulting radiation.

  3. All-optical generation of DFT-S-OFDM superchannels using periodic sinc pulses. (United States)

    Lowery, Arthur James; Zhu, Chen; Viterbo, Emanuele; Corcoran, Bill


    Discrete-Fourier-transform spread (DFT-S) optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexed (OFDM) signals offer improved nonlinearity performance in long haul optical communications systems, and can be used to form superchannels. In this paper we propose how DFT-S-OFDM superchannels can be generated and demultiplexed using all-optical techniques, and demonstrate the feasibility using numerical simulations. We also discuss how each wavelength channel is similar to recently proposed Orthogonally Time-Division Multiplexed (OrthTDM) systems using periodic-sinc pulses from, for example, a Nyquist laser. The key difference between OrthTDM and DFT-S-OFDM is the synchronization of the symbol boundaries of every modulation tributary; because of this we show that OrthTDM cannot be formed into superchannels that can be demultiplexed without penalties, but DFT-S-OFDM can be.

  4. 40 Gb/s Pulse Generation Using Gain Switching of a Commercially Available Laser Module

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    Nørregaard, Jesper; Hanberg, Jesper; Franck, Thorkild


    to ease RF connection. The laser die is connected to a gold plated AlN microwave substrate that also acts as a heat spreader. The microwave substrate contains an impedance matching resistor for the RF signal as well as a bias-T for the DC bias. 50 ohm Flexguide technology is used for the interconnection......, and a photodiode for optical power monitoring.The RF input port was connected to the driver circuit using a coplanar microwave probe. A DC bias and a large signal modulation at 10 GHz was applied to the module to generate chirped pulses. A linear as well as a non-linear soliton compression was used with optical...

  5. Extreme ultraviolet emission from dense plasmas generated with sub-10-fs laser pulses

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    Osterholz, J; Cerchez, M; Fischer, T; Hemmers, D; Hidding, B; Pipahl, A; Pretzler, G; Rose, S J; Willi, O


    The extreme ultraviolet (XUV) emission from dense plasmas generated with sub-10-fs laser pulses with varying peak intensities up to 3*10^16 W/cm^2 is investigated for different target materials. K shell spectra are obtained from low Z targets (carbon and boron nitride). In the spectra a series limit for the hydrogen and helium like resonance lines is observed indicating that the plasma is at high density and pressure ionization has removed the higher levels. In addition, L shell spectra from titanium targets were obtained. Basic features of the K and L shell spectra are reproduced with computer simulations. The calculations include hydrodynamic simulation of the plasma expansion and collisional radiative calculations of the XUV emission.

  6. High-voltage pulse generator with inductive energy storage and thyratron

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    Vereshchagin, N M


    The high-voltage pulse generator with the energy storage on the basis of the single layer solenoid with inductivity of 10-35 mu H is described. The TGI2-500/20 thyratron able of breaking reliably the current with the amplitude of 800-850 A was used as the current breaker. The voltage on the load is formed in two stages. The first stage is characterized by the voltage of 20-25 kV and the growth time of 150-200 m. At the second stage there takes place fast (approx 60 ns) formation of the voltage up 90 kV. The scheme of the charge quenching decreases the instability of the current breaker time

  7. Coherent Multidimensional Core Spectroscopy of Molecules with Multiple X-ray pulses (United States)

    Mukamel, Shaul


    Multidimensional spectroscopy uses sequences of optical pulses to study dynamical processes in complex molecules through correlation plots involving several time delay periods. Extensions of these techniques to the x-ray regime will be discussed. Ultrafast nonlinear x-ray spectroscopy is made possible by newly developed free electron laser and high harmonic generation sources. The attosecond duration of X-ray pulses and the atomic selectivity of core X-ray excitations offer a uniquely high spatial and temporal resolution. We demonstrate how stimulated Raman detection of an X-ray probe may be used to monitor the phase and dynamics of the nonequilibrium valence electronic state wavepacket created by e.g. photoexcitation, photoionization and Auger processes. Spectroscopy of multiplecore excitations provides a new window into electron correlations. Applications will be presented to long-range charge transfer in proteins and to excitation energy transfer in porphyrin arrays. Conical intersections (CoIn) dominate the pathways and outcomes of virtually all photophysical and photochemical molecular processes. Despite extensive experimental and theoretical effort CoIns have not been directly observed yet and the experimental evidence is being inferred from fast reaction rates and some vibrational signatures. Novel ultrafast X ray probes for these processes will be presented. Short X-ray pulses can directly detect the passage through a CoIn with the adequate temporal and spectral sensitivity. The technique is based on a coherent Raman process that employs a composite femtosecond/attosecond X-ray pulse to directly detect the electronic coherences (rather than populations) that are generated as the system passes through the CoIn. Streaking of time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES) signals offers another powerful window into the joint electronic/vibrational dynamics at concial intersections. Strong coupling of molecules to the vacuum field of micro cavities can modify

  8. Soft x-ray generation in gases with an ultrashort pulse laser

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    Ditmire, Todd Raymond [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)


    An experimental investigation of soft x-ray production resulting from the interaction of intense near infra-red laser radiation with gases is presented in this thesis. Specifically, soft x-ray generation through high order harmonic generation or exploiting intense inverse bremsstrahlung heating is examined. Most of these studies are conducted with femtosecond, terawatt class Cr:LiSrAlF6 (LiSAF) laser, though results derived from studies with other laser systems are presented as well. The majority of this work is devoted to experimental investigations, however, theoretical and computational models are developed to interpret the data. These studies are motivated by the possibility of utilizing the physics of intense laser/matter interactions as a potential compact source of bright x-rays. Consequently, the thrust of many of the experiments conducted is aimed at characterizing the x-rays produced for possible use in applications. In general, the studies of this manuscript fall into three categories. First, a unique 130 fs, 8 TW laser that is based on chirped pulse amplification, is described, and its performance is evaluated. The generation of x-rays through high order harmonics is then discussed with emphasis on characterizing and optimizing harmonic generation. Finally, the generation of strong, incoherent x-ray radiation by the intense irradiation of large (>1,000 atom) clusters in gas jets, is explored. The physics of laser energy absorption by clusters illuminated with intensities of 1015 to 1017 W/cm2 is considered in detail. X-ray spectroscopy of the hot plasmas that result from the irradiation of the clusters is conducted, and energy transport and kinetics issues in these plasmas are discussed.

  9. Ultrafast laser ablative generation of gold nanoparticles: the influence of pulse energy, repetition frequency and spot size

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    Sobhan, Mushtaq A., E-mail:; Ams, Martin; Withford, Michael J.; Goldys, Ewa M. [Macquarie University, Department of Physics and Engineering, MQ Photonics Research Centre (Australia)


    Previous studies investigating the role of the operating parameters on ultrafast laser ablative generation of gold nanoparticles have reported a wide range of nanoparticle size distribution and plasmon resonant properties. In some cases the reported role of fluence and other processing parameters is contradictory. In this systematic investigation, we deconstruct and examine the role of the component parts of fluence, namely pulse energy and ablation spot size, on nanoparticle generation. Other parameters such as exposure time and scan speed are also studied. We show that the nanoparticle average size and distribution is related to different contributions from pulse energy, pulse repetition frequency and spot size. We also correlate the average particle size and distribution with the wavelength and width of the plasmon resonance peak, and apply Mie theory in order to develop clearer physical insights into the mechanisms dominating nanoparticle generation.

  10. Development of a stereo-symmetrical nanosecond pulsed power generator composed of modularized avalanche transistor Marx circuits (United States)

    Li, Jiang-Tao; Zhong, Xu; Cao, Hui; Zhao, Zheng; Xue, Jing; Li, Tao; Li, Zheng; Wang, Ya-Nan


    Avalanche transistors have been widely studied and used in nanosecond high voltage pulse generations. However, output power improvement is always limited by the low thermal capacities of avalanche transistors, especially under high repetitive working frequency. Parallel stacked transistors can effectively improve the output current but the controlling of trigger and output synchronism has always been a hard and complex work. In this paper, a novel stereo-symmetrical nanosecond pulsed power generator with high reliability was developed. By analyzing and testing the special performances of the combined Marx circuits, numbers of meaningful conclusions on the pulse amplitude, pulse back edge, and output impedance were drawn. The combining synchronism of the generator was confirmed excellent and lower conducting current through the transistors was realized. Experimental results showed that, on a 50 Ω resistive load, pulses with 1.5-5.2 kV amplitude and 5.3-14.0 ns width could be flexibly generated by adjusting the number of combined modules, the supply voltage, and the module type.

  11. Selective generation of two pulse modes in a single all normal dispersion fiber laser oscillator and analysis of their optical characteristics (United States)

    Kim, S.; Choi, M.; Song, J. Y.; Lee, J. H.; Kim, Y.


    Fiber ultrafast pulses such as mode-locked and noise-like pulses have useful optical characteristics for high precision metrology applications. In this study, we develop an ytterbium doped fiber laser with all normal dispersion which can selectively generate two pulse modes, mode-locked and noise-like pulses, by a turn-key system including polarization control and selective detection parts. The spectral and temporal characteristics of two pulses generated from the single oscillator are analyzed and compared with each other through optical spectrum, RF spectrum and autocorrelation. Furthermore, spectral coherence characteristics are verified through interference signals generated by balanced and unbalanced arm interferometers.

  12. Pulsed neutron generators based on the sealed chambers of plasma focus design with D and DT fillings (United States)

    Yurkov, D. I.; Dulatov, A. K.; Lemeshko, B. D.; Golikov, A. V.; Andreev, D. A.; Mikhailov, Yu V.; Prokuratov, I. A.; Selifanov, A. N.


    Development of neutron generators using plasma focus (PF) chambers is being conducted in the All-Russia Scientific Research Institute of Automatics (VNIIA) during more than 25 years. PF is a source of soft and hard x-rays and neutrons 2.5 MeV (D) or 14 MeV (DT). Pulses of x-rays and neutrons have a duration of about several tens of nanoseconds, which defines the scope of such generators—the study of ultrafast processes. VNIIA has developed a series of pulse neutron generators covering the range of outputs 107-1012 n/pulse with resources on the order of 103-104 switches, depending on purposes. Generators have weights in the range of 30-700 kg, which allows referring them to the class of transportable generators. Generators include sealed PF chambers, whose manufacture was mastered by VNIIA vacuum tube production plant. A number of optimized PF chambers, designed for use in generators with a certain yield of neutrons has been developed. The use of gas generator based on gas absorber of hydrogen isotopes, enabled to increase the self-life and resource of PF chambers. Currently, the PF chambers withstand up to 1000 switches and have the safety of not less than 5 years. Using a generator with a gas heater, significantly increased security of PF chambers, because deuterium-tritium mixture is released only during work, other times it is in a bound state in the working element of the gas generator.

  13. A grating-less, fiber-based oscillator that generates 25 nJ pulses

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    An, J; Kim, D; Dawson, J W; Messerly, M J; Barty, C J


    We report a passively mode-locked fiber-based oscillator that has no internal dispersion-compensating gratings. This design, the first of its kind, produces 25 nJ pulses at 80 MHz with the pulses compressible to 150 fs. The pulses appear to be self-similar and initial data imply that their energy is further scalable.

  14. Temporal VUV Emission Characteristics Related to Generations and Losses of Metastable Atoms in Xenon Pulsed Barrier Discharge (United States)

    Motomura, Hideki; Loo, Ka Hong; Ikeda, Yoshihisa; Jinno, Masafumi; Aono, Masaharu

    Although xenon pulsed dielectric barrier discharge is one of the most promising substitutes for mercury low-pressure discharge for fluorescent lamps, the efficacy of xenon fluorescent lamp is not enough for practical use for general lighting. To improve the efficacy it is indispensable to clarify mechanisms of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) emissions, which excite phosphor, from xenon discharge related to plasma characteristics. In this paper emission waveforms and temporal change of metastable atom density are measured and temporal VUV emission characteristics related to generations and losses of metastable atoms in xenon pulsed barrier discharge is investigated. It is shown that the lamp efficacy is improved by about 10% with shorter pulse in which the two VUV emission peaks in a pulse are overlapped. It is also shown that at the lower pressure of 1.3 kPa metastable atoms generated during on-period of the voltage pulse are not efficiently consumed for VUV emissions in the off-period of the voltage pulse because of lower rate of three-body collision and quenching. This fact is thought to be one of the reasons why the lamp efficacy is low at lower pressure.

  15. Q-switching and mode-locking pulse generation with graphene oxide paper-based saturable absorber

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    Sulaiman Wadi Harun


    Full Text Available Q-switched and mode-locked erbium-doped fibre lasers (EDFLs are demonstrated by using non-conductive graphene oxide (GO paper as a saturable absorber (SA. A stable and self-starting Q-switched operation was achieved at 1534.4 nm by using a 0.8 m long erbium-doped fibre (EDF as a gain medium. The pulse repetition rate changed from 14.3 to 31.5 kHz, whereas the corresponding pulse width decreased from 32.8 to 13.8 µs as the pump power increased from 22 to 50.5 mW. A narrow spacing dual-wavelength Q-switched EDFL could also be realised by including a photonics crystal fibre and a tunable Bragg filter in the setup. It can operate at a maximum repetition rate of 31 kHz, with a pulse duration of 7.04 µs and pulse energy of 2.8 nJ. Another GOSA was used to realise mode-locked EDFL in a different cavity consisting of a 1.6 m long EDF in conjunction with 1480 nm pumping. The laser generated a soliton pulse train with a repetition rate of 15.62 MHz and pulse width of 870 fs. It is observed that the proposed fibre lasers have a low pulsing threshold pump power as well as a low damage threshold.

  16. Construction and Characterization of a Nanosecond Nd:YAG Laser Pumped Distributed Feedback Dye Laser Generating Picosecond Pulses (United States)

    Clark, Timothy; Weckerly, Chris; Ujj, Laszlo


    We have constructed a Distributed Feedback Dye Laser (DFDL) using interferometric pumping. DFDL works according to the dynamic modulation of the gain medium creating short pulses. Shortening of the pulses, stability, and dynamic range of the DFDL were investigated. Pulses were measured with the help of a photodiode with a 30 picosecond response time. Traces were recorded with a Tektronics DSA73304D (33GHz) digital serial analyser. The gain medium contains an ethanol solution of Rhodamine 590 dye and DODCI saturable absorber. Increasing the concentration of DODCI saturable absorber resulted in significant pulse shortening (150 to 54 picoseconds). Single pulse generation was achieved when the power of the pump laser was adjusted 10 percent above the laser threshold. The central wavelength of the laser pulses was 587 nm. The mathematical modeling, optical layout of the DFDL, and the results of the temporal and spectral characterization of the laser are presented on the poster. The development of the DFDL will lead to an extensive investigation of short pulse dye lasers for educational purposes and for applications in nonlinear spectroscopy. Financial support from University of West Florida is acknowledged.

  17. Generation of high-contrast millijoule pulses by optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification in periodically poled KTiOPO4. (United States)

    Jovanovic, Igor; Brown, Curtis G; Ebbers, Christopher A; Barty, C P J; Forget, Nicolas; Le Blanc, Catherine


    A new high-contrast, high-gain optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) architecture is demonstrated in periodically poled KTiOPO4 (PPKTP). This architecture overcomes parametric fluorescence contrast limitations of the OPCPA in periodically poled materials. The scheme is based on two passes of a single relay-imaged pump pulse and a free-propagating signal pulse through a 1.5 mm x 5 mm x 7.5 mm PPKTP crystal. The output energy of 1.2 mJ is generated at a center wavelength of 1053 nm by 24 mJ of pump energy. A prepulse contrast level of > 3 x 10(7) was measured with > 10(6) saturated gain in the amplifier. Amplified pulses were compressed to 200 fs. This simple and versatile concept requires only a modest pump energy from a commercial pump laser and represents a possible high-contrast front end for high-energy Nd:glass-based petawatt-class lasers.

  18. Interaction of relativistic electrons with an intense laser pulse: High-order harmonic generation based on Thomson scattering

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    Hack, Szabolcs [ELI-ALPS, ELI-HU Non-Profit Ltd., Dugonics tér 13, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Szeged, Tisza L. krt. 84-86, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Varró, Sándor [ELI-ALPS, ELI-HU Non-Profit Ltd., Dugonics tér 13, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Wigner Research Center for Physics, SZFI, PO Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Czirják, Attila [ELI-ALPS, ELI-HU Non-Profit Ltd., Dugonics tér 13, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Szeged, Tisza L. krt. 84-86, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary)


    We investigate nonlinear Thomson scattering as a source of high-order harmonic radiation with the potential to enable attosecond light pulse generation. We present a new analytic solution of the electron’s relativistic equations of motion in the case of a short laser pulse with a sine-squared envelope. Based on the single electron emission, we compute and analyze the radiated amplitude and phase spectrum for a realistic electron bunch, with special attention to the correct initial values. These results show that the radiation spectrum of an electron bunch in head-on collision with a sufficiently strong laser pulse of sine-squared envelope has a smooth frequency dependence to allow for the synthesis of attosecond light pulses.

  19. Generation of 70-fs pulses at 286 μm from a mid-infrared fiber laser (United States)

    Woodward, R. I.; Hudson, D. D.; Fuerbach, A.; Jackson, S. D.


    We propose and demonstrate a simple route to few-optical-cycle pulse generation from a mid-infrared fiber laser through nonlinear compression of pulses from a holmium-doped fiber oscillator using a short length of chalcogenide fiber and a grating pair. Pulses from the oscillator with 265-fs duration at 2.86 {\\mu}m are spectrally broadened through self-phase modulation in step-index As2S3 fiber to 141-nm bandwidth and then re-compressed to 70 fs (7.3 optical cycles). These are the shortest pulses from a mid-infrared fiber system to date, and we note that our system is compact, robust, and uses only commercially available components. The scalability of this approach is also discussed, supported by numerical modeling.

  20. High-power terahertz optical pulse generation with a dual-wavelength harmonically mode-locked Yb:YAG laser (United States)

    Zhuang, W. Z.; Chang, M. T.; Su, K. W.; Huang, K. F.; Chen, Y. F.


    We report on high-power terahertz optical pulse generation with a dual-wavelength harmonically mode-locked Yb:YAG laser. A semiconductor saturable absorber mirror is developed to achieve synchronously mode-locked operation at two spectral bands centered at 1031.67 and 1049.42 nm with a pulse duration of 1.54 ps and a pulse repetition rate of 80.3 GHz. With a diamond heat spreader to improve the heat removal efficiency, the average output power can be up to 1.1 W at an absorbed pump power of 5.18 W. The autocorrelation traces reveal that the mode-locked pulse is modulated with a beat frequency of 4.92 THz and displays a modulation depth to be greater than 80%.

  1. Generation of multiple analog pulses with different duty cycles within VME control system for ICRH Aditya system (United States)

    Joshi, Ramesh; Singh, Manoj; Jadav, H. M.; Misra, Kishor; Kulkarni, S. V.; ICRH-RF Group


    Ion Cyclotron Resonance Heating (ICRH) is a promising heating method for a fusion device due to its localized power deposition profile, a direct ion heating at high density, and established technology for high RF power generation and transmission at low cost. Multiple analog pulse with different duty cycle in master of digital pulse for Data acquisition and Control system for steady state RF ICRH System(RF ICRH DAC) to be used for operating of RF Generator in Aditya to produce pre ionization and second analog pulse will produce heating. The control system software is based upon single digital pulse operation for RF source. It is planned to integrate multiple analog pulses with different duty cycle in master of digital pulse for Data acquisition and Control system for RF ICRH System(RF ICRH DAC) to be used for operating of RF Generator in Aditya tokamak. The task of RF ICRH DAC is to control and acquisition of all ICRH system operation with all control loop and acquisition for post analysis of data with java based tool. For pre ionization startup as well as heating experiments using multiple RF Power of different powers and duration. The experiment based upon the idea of using single RF generator to energize antenna inside the tokamak to radiate power twise, out of which first analog pulse will produce pre ionization and second analog pulse will produce heating. The whole system is based on standard client server technology using tcp/ip protocol. DAC Software is based on linux operating system for highly reliable, secure and stable system operation in failsafe manner. Client system is based on tcl/tk like toolkit for user interface with c/c++ like environment which is reliable programming languages widely used on stand alone system operation with server as vxWorks real time operating system like environment. The paper is focused on the Data acquisition and monitoring system software on Aditya RF ICRH System with analog pulses in slave mode with digital pulse in

  2. Experimental and numerical study of shock wave propagation in water generated by pulsed arc electrohydraulic discharges (United States)

    Chen, Wen; Maurel, Olivier; La Borderie, Christian; Reess, Thierry; De Ferron, Antoine; Matallah, Mohammed; Pijaudier-Cabot, Gilles; Jacques, Antoine; Rey-Bethbeder, Frank


    The objective of this study is to simulate the propagation of the shock wave in water due to an explosion. The study is part of a global research program on the development of an alternative stimulation technique to conventional hydraulic fracturing in tight gas reservoirs aimed at inducing a distributed state of microcracking of rocks instead of localized fracture. We consider the possibility of increasing the permeability of rocks with dynamic blasts. The blast is a shock wave generated in water by pulsed arc electrohydraulic discharges. The amplitude of these shock waves is prescribed by the electrohydraulic discharges which generate high pressures of several kilobars within microseconds. A simplified method has been used to simulate the injected electrical energy as augmentation of enthalpy in water locally. The finite element code EUROPLEXUS is used to perform fluid fast dynamic computation. The predicted pressure is consistent with the experimental results. In addition, shock wave propagation characteristics predicted with simulation can be valuable reference for design of underwater structural elements and engineering of underwater explosion.

  3. High reliability low jitter 80 kV pulse generator

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    M. E. Savage


    Full Text Available Switching can be considered to be the essence of pulsed power. Time accurate switch/trigger systems with low inductance are useful in many applications. This article describes a unique switch geometry coupled with a low-inductance capacitive energy store. The system provides a fast-rising high voltage pulse into a low impedance load. It can be challenging to generate high voltage (more than 50 kilovolts into impedances less than 10  Ω, from a low voltage control signal with a fast rise time and high temporal accuracy. The required power amplification is large, and is usually accomplished with multiple stages. The multiple stages can adversely affect the temporal accuracy and the reliability of the system. In the present application, a highly reliable and low jitter trigger generator was required for the Z pulsed-power facility [M. E. Savage, L. F. Bennett, D. E. Bliss, W. T. Clark, R. S. Coats,J. M. Elizondo, K. R. LeChien, H. C. Harjes, J. M. Lehr, J. E. Maenchen, D. H. McDaniel, M. F. Pasik, T. D. Pointon, A. C. Owen, D. B. Seidel, D. L. Smith, B. S. Stoltzfus, K. W. Struve, W. A. Stygar, L. K. Warne, and J. R. Woodworth, 2007 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, Albuquerque, NM (IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 2007, p. 979]. The large investment in each Z experiment demands low prefire probability and low jitter simultaneously. The system described here is based on a 100 kV DC-charged high-pressure spark gap, triggered with an ultraviolet laser. The system uses a single optical path for simultaneously triggering two parallel switches, allowing lower inductance and electrode erosion with a simple optical system. Performance of the system includes 6 ns output rise time into 5.6  Ω, 550 ps one-sigma jitter measured from the 5 V trigger to the high voltage output, and misfire probability less than 10^{-4}. The design of the system and some key measurements will be shown in the paper. We will discuss the

  4. Generation, characterization and spectroscopic use of ultrashort pulses fully tunable from the deep UV to the MIR (United States)

    Riedle, Eberhard


    The impressive work of Ian Walmsley has brought us invaluable new possibilities for the full characterization of ultrashort pulses. Spectroscopy of physical, chemical and biological relevance does, however, need pulses far from the 800 nm Ti:sapphire wavelength used for testing SPIDER and its advanced versions. Fortunately, optical parametric amplification (OPA) allows for easy generation of fully tunable pulses. I will review our efforts, highlighting noncollinear OPA, i.e. NOPA, for visible pulses shorter than 10 fs, mixing into the UV down to below 200 nm at 20 fs duration and novel hybrid schemes to efficiently reach the middle IR. I will show that these schemes can be used equally well from kHz to MHz repetition rates. The tunable ultrafast pulses in turn also demand improvements in characterization. The UV range led us to use difference frequency generation instead of the sum frequency mixing employed in the original SPIDER. The lack of proper beam splitters and auto-referencing led us to the use of two auxiliary pulses and the avoidance of any additional chirp added to the test pulse. We termed this zero-additional-phase SPIDER, i.e. ZAP-SPIDER. Lately, with increased use of UV pulses, we came to the conclusion, that the ubiquitous two-photon-absorption can well serve as nonlinearity, at least in UV autocorrelation measurement. How do we use this for full characterization? Hopefully, Ian will tell us! Since the proof is known to be in the eating, I will demonstrate the success of our technical efforts with examples taken from ultrafast molecular dynamics. Highly pronounced vibronic wavepackets in the product of ultrafast excited state proton transfer and the very primary processes leading to homolytic and heterolytic bond cleavage will serve as easy to comprehend illustrations.

  5. Generation of shock waves in dense plasmas by high-intensity laser pulses

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    Pasley John


    Full Text Available When intense short-pulse laser beams (I > 1022 W/m2, τ < 20 ps interact with high density plasmas, strong shock waves are launched. These shock waves may be generated by a range of processes, and the relative significance of the various mechanisms driving the formation of these shock waves is not well understood. It is challenging to obtain experimental data on shock waves near the focus of such intense laser–plasma interactions. The hydrodynamics of such interactions is, however, of great importance to fast ignition based inertial confinement fusion schemes as it places limits upon the time available for depositing energy in the compressed fuel, and thereby directly affects the laser requirements. In this manuscript we present the results of magnetohydrodynamic simulations showing the formation of shock waves under such conditions, driven by the j × B force and the thermal pressure gradient (where j is the current density and B the magnetic field strength. The time it takes for shock waves to form is evaluated over a wide range of material and current densities. It is shown that the formation of intense relativistic electron current driven shock waves and other related hydrodynamic phenomena may be expected over time scales of relevance to intense laser–plasma experiments and the fast ignition approach to inertial confinement fusion. A newly emerging technique for studying such interactions is also discussed. This approach is based upon Doppler spectroscopy and offers promise for investigating early time shock wave hydrodynamics launched by intense laser pulses.

  6. Dynamic Characteristics of Positive Pulsed Dielectric Barrier Discharge for Ozone Generation in Air (United States)

    Wei, Linsheng; Peng, Bangfa; Li, Ming; Zhang, Yafang; Hu, Zhaoji


    A comprehensive dynamic model consisting of 66 reactions and 24 species is developed to investigate the dynamic characteristics of ozone generation by positive pulsed dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) using parallel-plate reactor in air. The electron energy conservation equation is coupled to the electron continuity equation, the heavy species continuity equation, and Poisson's equation for a better description. The reliability of the model is experimentally confirmed. The model can be used to predict the temporal and spatial evolution of species, as well as streamer propagation. The simulation results show that electron density increases nearly exponentially in the direction to the anode at the electron avalanche. Streamer propagation velocity is about 5.26 × 104 m/s from anode to cathode in the simulated condition. The primary positive ion, negative ion, and excited species are O2+, O3- and O2(1Δg) in pulsed DBD in air, respectively. N2O has the largest density among nitrogen oxides. e and N2+ densities in the streamer head increase gradually to maximum values with the development of the streamer. Meanwhile, the O2+, O, O3, N2(A3Σ) and N2O densities reach maximum values in the vicinity of the anode. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51366012 and 11105067), Jiangxi Province Young Scientists (Jinggang Star) Cultivation Plan of China (No. 20133BCB23008), Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi, China (No. 20151BAB206047) and Jiangxi Province Higher School Science and Technology Landing Plan of China (No. KJLD-14015)

  7. High-power noise-like pulse generation using a 1.56-µm all-fiber laser system. (United States)

    Lin, Shih-Shian; Hwang, Sheng-Kwang; Liu, Jia-Ming


    We demonstrated an all-fiber, high-power noise-like pulse laser system at the 1.56-µm wavelength. A low-power noise-like pulse train generated by a ring oscillator was amplified using a two-stage amplifier, where the performance of the second-stage amplifier determined the final output power level. The optical intensity in the second-stage amplifier was managed well to avoid not only the excessive spectral broadening induced by nonlinearities but also any damage to the device. On the other hand, the power conversion efficiency of the amplifier was optimized through proper control of its pump wavelength. The pump wavelength determines the pump absorption and therefore the power conversion efficiency of the gain fiber. Through this approach, the average power of the noise-like pulse train was amplified considerably to an output of 13.1 W, resulting in a power conversion efficiency of 36.1% and a pulse energy of 0.85 µJ. To the best of our knowledge, these amplified pulses have the highest average power and pulse energy for noise-like pulses in the 1.56-µm wavelength region. As a result, the net gain in the cascaded amplifier reached 30 dB. With peak and pedestal widths of 168 fs and 61.3 ps, respectively, for the amplified pulses, the pedestal-to-peak intensity ratio of the autocorrelation trace remains at the value of 0.5 required for truly noise-like pulses.

  8. Investigation of all-in-fiber Yb doped femtosecond fiber oscillator for generation of parabolic pulses in normal dispersion fiber amplifier (United States)

    Frankinas, S.; Bartulevicius, T.; Michailovas, A.; Rusteika, N.


    In this work femtosecond passively mode-locked environmentally stable Ytterbium fiber oscillator generating pulses with duration of 380 fs is presented. Short pulse duration and smooth spectrum were obtained from the oscillator using chirped fiber Bragg grating with very low anomalous chromatic dispersion (0.15 ps2) and semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. Linearly chirped parabolic pulses were produced after amplification of the oscillator pulses in low concentration ytterbium doped fiber amplifier. Transform limited duration of the generated parabolic pulses was 110 fs.

  9. Novel design of high voltage pulse source for efficient dielectric barrier discharge generation by using silicon diodes for alternating current. (United States)

    Truong, Hoa Thi; Hayashi, Misaki; Uesugi, Yoshihiko; Tanaka, Yasunori; Ishijima, Tatsuo


    This work focuses on design, construction, and optimization of configuration of a novel high voltage pulse power source for large-scale dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) generation. The pulses were generated by using the high-speed switching characteristic of an inexpensive device called silicon diodes for alternating current and the self-terminated characteristic of DBD. The operation started to be powered by a primary DC low voltage power supply flexibly equipped with a commercial DC power supply, or a battery, or DC output of an independent photovoltaic system without transformer employment. This flexible connection to different types of primary power supply could provide a promising solution for the application of DBD, especially in the area without power grid connection. The simple modular structure, non-control requirement, transformer elimination, and a minimum number of levels in voltage conversion could lead to a reduction in size, weight, simple maintenance, low cost of installation, and high scalability of a DBD generator. The performance of this pulse source has been validated by a load of resistor. A good agreement between theoretically estimated and experimentally measured responses has been achieved. The pulse source has also been successfully applied for an efficient DBD plasma generation.

  10. Novel design of high voltage pulse source for efficient dielectric barrier discharge generation by using silicon diodes for alternating current (United States)

    Truong, Hoa Thi; Hayashi, Misaki; Uesugi, Yoshihiko; Tanaka, Yasunori; Ishijima, Tatsuo


    This work focuses on design, construction, and optimization of configuration of a novel high voltage pulse power source for large-scale dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) generation. The pulses were generated by using the high-speed switching characteristic of an inexpensive device called silicon diodes for alternating current and the self-terminated characteristic of DBD. The operation started to be powered by a primary DC low voltage power supply flexibly equipped with a commercial DC power supply, or a battery, or DC output of an independent photovoltaic system without transformer employment. This flexible connection to different types of primary power supply could provide a promising solution for the application of DBD, especially in the area without power grid connection. The simple modular structure, non-control requirement, transformer elimination, and a minimum number of levels in voltage conversion could lead to a reduction in size, weight, simple maintenance, low cost of installation, and high scalability of a DBD generator. The performance of this pulse source has been validated by a load of resistor. A good agreement between theoretically estimated and experimentally measured responses has been achieved. The pulse source has also been successfully applied for an efficient DBD plasma generation.

  11. Generating stable attosecond x-ray pulse trains with a mode-locked seeded free-electron laser

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    Chao Feng


    Full Text Available Generation of attosecond x-ray pulses is attracting much attention within the x-ray free-electron laser (FEL user community. We propose a novel scheme for the generation of coherent stable attosecond x-ray pulse trains in a seeded FEL, via a process of mode-locked amplification. Three modulators and two chicanes are used for generating separated attosecond scale microstructures in the electron beam using the beam echo effect. Such electron beam will produce high harmonic radiation with a comb of longitudinal modes at the very beginning of the radiator. By using a series of spatiotemporal shifts between the copropagating radiation and electron beam in the radiator, all these modes can be preserved and amplified to saturation. Using a representative realistic set of parameters, three-dimensional simulation results show that trains of 200 attosecond soft x-ray pulses with stable peak powers at gigawatt level can be generated directly from ultraviolet seed lasers. The even spacing between the attosecond pulses can be easily altered from subfemtosecond to tens of femtoseconds by slightly changing the wavelength of one seed laser.

  12. Visualization of Streamer Channels and Shock Waves Generated by Positive Pulsed Corona Discharge Using Laser Schlieren Method (United States)

    Ono, Ryo; Oda, Tetsuji


    Streamer channels generated by a positive pulsed corona discharge are visualized using the laser schlieren method. The discharge occurs between a point-to-plane gap at atmospheric pressure with a pulse duration of less than 1 μs. In order to enhance the intensity of the schlieren image, water vapor is added to ambient gas. The schlieren visualizes heated gas in a streamer filament of 0.4 mm diameter. A temporal variation of the schlieren image after the discharge pulse shows that the heated gas moves outward from the streamer channel due to the diffusion. The diameter of the heated filament, in which the heated gas exists, increases from 0.4 mm to 1.1 mm within 1 ms following the discharge pulse. The schlieren image also shows shock waves generated by the discharge: a spherical shock wave generated at the tip of the point electrode and a plane shock wave generated at the surface of the plane electrode.

  13. Generation of spin waves by a train of fs-laser pulses: a novel approach for tuning magnon wavelength. (United States)

    Savochkin, I V; Jäckl, M; Belotelov, V I; Akimov, I A; Kozhaev, M A; Sylgacheva, D A; Chernov, A I; Shaposhnikov, A N; Prokopov, A R; Berzhansky, V N; Yakovlev, D R; Zvezdin, A K; Bayer, M


    Currently spin waves are considered for computation and data processing as an alternative to charge currents. Generation of spin waves by ultrashort laser pulses provides several important advances with respect to conventional approaches using microwaves. In particular, focused laser spot works as a point source for spin waves and allows for directional control of spin waves and switching between their different types. For further progress in this direction it is important to manipulate with the spectrum of the optically generated spin waves. Here we tackle this problem by launching spin waves by a sequence of femtosecond laser pulses with pulse interval much shorter than the relaxation time of the magnetization oscillations. This leads to the cumulative phenomenon and allows us to generate magnons in a specific narrow range of wavenumbers. The wavelength of spin waves can be tuned from 15 μm to hundreds of microns by sweeping the external magnetic field by only 10 Oe or by slight variation of the pulse repetition rate. Our findings expand the capabilities of the optical spin pump-probe technique and provide a new method for the spin wave generation and control.

  14. Generation of spherical and cylindrical shock acoustic waves from optical breakdown in water, stimulated with femtosecond pulse


    Potemkin, F. V.; Mareev, E. I.; Podshivalov, A. A.; Gordienko, V. M.


    Using shadow photography technique we have observed shock acoustic wave from optical breakdown, excited in water by tightly focused Cr:Forsterite femtosecond laser beam, and have found two different regimes of shock wave generation by varying only the energy of laser pulse. At low energies a single spherical shock wave is generated from laser beam waist, and its radius tends to saturation with energy increasing. At higher energies long laser filament in water is fired, that leads to the cylin...

  15. Effect of gas heating on the generation of an ultrashort avalanche electron beam in the pulse-periodic regime (United States)

    Baksht, E. Kh.; Burachenko, A. G.; Lomaev, M. I.; Sorokin, D. A.; Tarasenko, V. F.


    The generation of an ultrashort avalanche electron beam (UAEB) in nitrogen in the pulse-periodic regime is investigated. The gas temperature in the discharge gap of the atmospheric-pressure nitrogen is measured from the intensity distribution of unresolved rotational transitions ( C 3Π u , v' = 0) → ( B 3Π g , v″ = 0) in the nitrogen molecule for an excitation pulse repetition rate of 2 kHz. It is shown that an increase in the UAEB current amplitude in the pulse-periodic regime is due to gas heating by a series of previous pulses, which leads to an increase in the reduced electric field strength as a result of a decrease in the gas density in the zone of the discharge formation. It is found that in the pulse-periodic regime and the formation of the diffuse discharge, the number of electrons in the beam increases by several times for a nitrogen pressure of 9 × 103 Pa. The dependences of the number of electrons in the UAEB on the time of operation of the generator are considered.

  16. Nitric Oxide Studies in Low Temperature Plasmas Generated with a Nanosecond Pulse Sphere Gap Electrical Discharge (United States)

    Burnette, David Dean

    This dissertation presents studies of NO kinetics in a plasma afterglow using various nanosecond pulse discharges across a sphere gap. The discharge platform is developed to produce a diffuse plasma volume large enough to allow for laser diagnostics in a plasma that is rich in vibrationally-excited molecules. This plasma is characterized by current and voltage traces as well as ICCD and NO PLIF images that are used to monitor the plasma dimensions and uniformity. Temperature and vibrational loading measurements are performed via coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS). Absolute NO concentrations are obtained by laser-induce fluorescence (LIF) measurements, and N and O densities are found using two photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence (TALIF). For all dry air conditions studied, the NO behavior is characterized by a rapid rate of formation consistent with an enhanced Zeldovich process involving electronically-excited nitrogen species that are generated within the plasma. After several microseconds, the NO evolution is entirely controlled by the reverse Zeldovich process. These results show that under the chosen range of conditions and even in extreme instances of vibrational loading, there is no formation channel beyond ~2 musec. Both the NO formation and consumption mechanisms are strongly affected by the addition of fuel species, producing much greater NO concentrations in the afterglow.

  17. Pulsed magnetic field induced fast drug release from magneto liposomes via ultrasound generation. (United States)

    Podaru, George; Ogden, Saralyn; Baxter, Amanda; Shrestha, Tej; Ren, Shenqiang; Thapa, Prem; Dani, Raj Kumar; Wang, Hongwang; Basel, Matthew T; Prakash, Punit; Bossmann, Stefan H; Chikan, Viktor


    Fast drug delivery is very important to utilize drug molecules that are short-lived under physiological conditions. Techniques that can release model molecules under physiological conditions could play an important role to discover the pharmacokinetics of short-lived substances in the body. Here an experimental method is developed for the fast release of the liposomes' payload without a significant increase in (local) temperatures. This goal is achieved by using short magnetic pulses to disrupt the lipid bilayer of liposomes loaded with magnetic nanoparticles. The drug release has been tested by two independent assays. The first assay relies on the AC impedance measurements of MgSO4 released from the magnetic liposomes. The second standard release assay is based on the increase of the fluorescence signal from 5(6)-carboxyfluorescein dye when the dye is released from the magneto liposomes. The efficiency of drug release ranges from a few percent to up to 40% in the case of the MgSO4. The experiments also indicate that the magnetic nanoparticles generate ultrasound, which is assumed to have a role in the release of the model drugs from the magneto liposomes.

  18. Pulse generators based on air-insulated linear-transformer-driver stages

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    B. M. Kovalchuk


    Full Text Available In this paper we present the design and test results of pulse generators based on air-insulated linear-transformer-driver stages that drive a vacuum transmission line. A custom designed unit, referred to as a capacitor block, was developed for use as a main structural element of the transformer stages. It incorporates two capacitors GA 35426 (40 nF, 100 kV and a multichannel multigap gas switch. Two types of stages were developed: (1 stage LTD-20 with four modules in parallel and five capacitor blocks in each module (in tests of this stage current amplitude up to 850 kA with ∼140  ns rise time was obtained on a 0.05   Ω load at 100 kV charging voltage; (2 stage LTD-4 with two modules in parallel and two capacitor blocks in each module. Several installations were built on the base of these stages, including a linear transformer, consisting of two identical LTD-20 stages in series, and a high power electron accelerator on the base of LTD-4 stages. The design, tests results, and main problems are presented and discussed in this paper for these installations.

  19. Double Ion Implantation and Pulsed Laser Melting Processes for Third Generation Solar Cells

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    Eric García-Hemme


    Full Text Available In the framework of the third generation of photovoltaic devices, the intermediate band solar cell is one of the possible candidates to reach higher efficiencies with a lower processing cost. In this work, we introduce a novel processing method based on a double ion implantation and, subsequently, a pulsed laser melting (PLM process to obtain thicker layers of Ti supersaturated Si. We perform ab initio theoretical calculations of Si impurified with Ti showing that Ti in Si is a good candidate to theoretically form an intermediate band material in the Ti supersaturated Si. From time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements, we confirm that we have obtained a Ti implanted and PLM thicker layer of 135 nm. Transmission electron microscopy reveals a single crystalline structure whilst the electrical characterization confirms the transport properties of an intermediate band material/Si substrate junction. High subbandgap absorption has been measured, obtaining an approximate value of 104 cm−1 in the photons energy range from 1.1 to 0.6 eV.

  20. A high current sinusoidal pulse generator for the diluter magnets of the LHC beam dump system

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    Vossenberg, Eugène B; Ducimetière, L; Schröder, G H


    CERN is constructing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a superconducting accelerator that will collide protons at a center of mass energy of 14 TeV. The two colliding beams will each store an energy of up to 540 MJ, which must be safely deposited within one beam revolution of 89 mu s on two external absorbers located about 700 m from the extraction points at the end of dedicated extraction tunnels. To avoid evaporation of the graphite absorber material by the very high energy density of the incident beams, the deposition area of the beams on the absorber front face will be increased. This is done by a pair of sinusoidally powered orthogonal magnet systems producing approximately an e-shape figure of about 35 mm diameter, with a minimum velocity of 10 mm/ mu s during the dumping process. The pulse generators of the horizontally and vertically deflecting diluter magnets are composed of capacitor banks, discharged by stacks of solid state closing switches. They are connected to the magnets by 28 m long low induct...

  1. Study on the plasma generation characteristics of an induction-triggered coaxial pulsed plasma thruster (United States)

    Weisheng, CUI; Wenzheng, LIU; Jia, TIAN; Xiuyang, CHEN


    At present, spark plugs are used to trigger discharge in pulsed plasma thrusters (PPT), which are known to be life-limiting components due to plasma corrosion and carbon deposition. A strong electric field could be formed in a cathode triple junction (CTJ) to achieve a trigger function under vacuum conditions. We propose an induction-triggered electrode structure on the basis of the CTJ trigger principle. The induction-triggered electrode structure could increase the electric field strength of the CTJ without changing the voltage between electrodes, contributing to a reduction in the electrode breakdown voltage. Additionally, it can maintain the plasma generation effect when the breakdown voltage is reduced in the discharge experiments. The induction-triggered electrode structure could ensure an effective trigger when the ablation distance of Teflon increases, and the magnetic field produced by the discharge current could further improve the plasma density and propagation velocity. The induction-triggered coaxial PPT we propose has a simplified trigger structure, and it is an effective attempt to optimize the micro-satellite thruster.

  2. Fast switching thyristor applied in nanosecond-pulse high-voltage generator with closed transformer core. (United States)

    Li, Lee; Bao, Chaobing; Feng, Xibo; Liu, Yunlong; Fochan, Lin


    For a compact and reliable nanosecond-pulse high-voltage generator (NPHVG), the specification parameter selection and potential usage of fast controllable state-solid switches have an important bearing on the optimal design. The NPHVG with closed transformer core and fast switching thyristor (FST) was studied in this paper. According to the analysis of T-type circuit, the expressions for the voltages and currents of the primary and secondary windings on the transformer core of NPHVG were deduced, and the theoretical maximum analysis was performed. For NPHVG, the rise-rate of turn-on current (di/dt) across a FST may exceed its transient rating. Both mean and maximum values of di/dt were determined by the leakage inductances of the transformer, and the difference is 1.57 times. The optimum winding ratio is helpful to getting higher voltage output with lower specification FST, especially when the primary and secondary capacitances have been established. The oscillation period analysis can be effectively used to estimate the equivalent leakage inductance. When the core saturation effect was considered, the maximum di/dt estimated from the oscillating period of the primary current is more accurate than one from the oscillating period of the secondary voltage. Although increasing the leakage inductance of NPHVG can decrease di/dt across FST, it may reduce the output peak voltage of the NPHVG.

  3. Laser ultrasonic analysis of normal modes generated by a voltage pulse on an AT quartz sensor. (United States)

    Goossens, Jozefien; Martinez, Loïc; Glorieux, Christ; Wilkie-Chancellier, Nicolas; Ehssein, Chighali Ould; Serfaty, Stéphane


    Laser ultrasonic detection is a versatile and highly sensitive tool for the observation of surface waves. In the following study, laser ultrasonic detection is used for the experimental study of spurious normal vibration modes of a disk quartz sensor excited by a voltage pulse. The AT cut crystal (cut of the crystal relative to the the main crystallographic axis is 35.25 degrees) is optimal for generating mainly thickness-shear vibrations (central frequency 6 MHz) on the quartz surface. However, resulting from shear-to-longitudinal and shear-to-surface mode conversion, and from the weak coupling with the other crystallographic axes, other modes (thickness-compressional and bending modes) are always present in the plate response. Since the laser vibrometer is sensitive to normal displacements, the laser investigation shows waves that can be considered as unwanted for the AT quartz used as a shear sensor. The scanned three dimensional (3D) amplitude-space-time signals are carefully analysed using their representation in three dual Fourier domains (space-time, wave number-frequency). Results on the transient analysis of the waves, the normal bending modes and the dispersion curves are shown.

  4. Design of an Inductive Adder for the FCC injection kicker pulse generator (United States)

    Woog, D.; Barnes, M. J.; Ducimetière, L.; Holma, J.; Kramer, T.


    The injection system for a 100 TeV centre-of-mass collider is an important part of the Future Circular Collider (FCC) study. Due to issues with conventional kicker systems, such as self-triggering and long term availability of thyratrons and limitations of HV-cables, innovative design changes are planned for the FCC injection kicker pulse generator. An inductive adder (IA) based on semiconductor (SC) switches is a promising technology for kicker systems. Its modular design, and the possibility of an active ripple suppression are significant advantages. Since the IA is a complex device, with multiple components whose characteristics are important, a detailed design study and construction of a prototype is necessary. This paper summarizes the system requirements and constraints, and describes the main components and design challenges of the prototype IA. It outlines the results from simulations and measurements on different magnetic core materials as well as on SC switches. The paper concludes on the design choices and progress for the prototype to be built at CERN.

  5. Short-pulse, high-energy radiation generation from laser-wakefield accelerated electron beams (United States)

    Schumaker, Will


    Recent experimental results of laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA) of ~GeV electrons driven by the 200TW HERCULES and the 400TW ASTRA-GEMINI laser systems and their subsequent generation of photons, positrons, and neutrons are presented. In LWFA, high-intensity (I >1019 W /cm2), ultra-short (τL counter-propagating, ultra-high intensity (I >1021 W /cm2) laser pulse to undergo inverse Compton scattering and emit a high-peak brightness beam of high-energy photons. Preliminary results and experimental sensitivities of the electron-laser beam overlap are presented. The high-energy photon beams can be spectrally resolved using a forward Compton scattering spectrometer. Moreover, the photon flux can be characterized by a pixelated scintillator array and by nuclear activation and (γ,n) neutron measurements from the photons interacting with a secondary solid target. Monte-Carlo simulations were performed using FLUKA to support the yield estimates. This research was supported by DOE/NSF-PHY 0810979, NSF CAREER 1054164, DARPA AXiS N66001-11-1-4208, SF/DNDO F021166, and the Leverhulme Trust ECF-2011-383.

  6. MeV ion beams generated by intense pulsed laser monitored by Silicon Carbide detectors (United States)

    Calcagno, L.; Musumeci, P.; Cutroneo, M.; Torrisi, L.; La Via, F.; Ullschmied, J.


    The high energy ions produced with intense pulsed laser were analyzed with Silicon Carbide detectors. In order to realize high performances and radiation resistant detectors, high quality and thick epitaxial layer were grown on a substrate and a Schottky diodes were then realized. These detectors were employed to probe the plasma generated with a 300 ps laser at intensity of 1016 W/cm2 operating at Prague Asterix Laser System Laboratory. They show a fast response and a high sensitivity to high energy ions. Metallic and polymeric thin films were irradiated and the produced plasmas were monitored in forward and backward directions. The analysis of the time-of-flight spectra evidences the emission of protons and ions at different energies. The spectra were deconvolved with a shifted Maxwell Boltzmann distribution. In our experimental conditions we detected protons in the energy range 1.2 - 3.0 MeV and heavy ions between 1.0 MeV up to 40 MeV depending on the target and the laser energy. The results were compared with the ones obtained by Thompson Parabola Spectrometer.

  7. Pulsed eddy current inspection of broach support plates in steam generators (United States)

    Mokros, Sarah Gwendolyn

    Steam Generators (SGs) are a critical component of nuclear reactors, employing thousands of SG tubes to convert heat generated in the reactor core into useable energy. SG tubes are supported at numerous locations by Broach Support Plates (BSPs) that have trefoil shaped holes, which prevent excessive tube vibrations, while allowing water to easily flow through the support structures. A number of degradation modes occur in SGs, such as SG tube fretting, cracking or denting, requiring periodic inspection. Currently, conventional Eddy Current Testing (ECT) is used to non-destructively assess the condition of SG tubes and components. However, as reactors age, new modes of degradation will likely appear that may be difficult to detect and characterize using conventional ECT, such as wall loss in BSPs and build-up of corrosion products, which typically form as a hard sludge called magnetite. Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) technologies are an emerging technique that is presented in this work as a method to further advance inspection techniques used in CANDURTM nuclear reactors. A PEC probe was designed to inspect the unique shape of the trefoil shaped hole to detect and characterize wall loss and the presence of magnetite in A516 carbon steel BSPs with trefoil shaped holes from within 15.9 mm (5/8") Alloy-800 SG tubes. PEC was also used to observe how measurements of wall loss were affected by the presence of magnetite. This work presents Finite Element Method (FEM) simulations and experimental results collected to observe these degradation modes. The probe was demonstrated to be capable of detecting far side wall loss as low as 20%, locating and characterizing the relative permeability of magnetite, and of detecting wall loss when magnetite was present. FEM simulations and experimental results were found to be in good agreement, suggesting that additional investigations of the effects of BSP degradation on PEC signal response may also be performed using FEM models.

  8. Harmonic generation enhancement due to interaction of few-cycle light pulses in nonlinear dielectric coating on a mirror (United States)

    Buyanovskaya, Elizaveta M.; Kniazev, Mikhail A.; Kozlov, Sergei A.; Sukhorukov, Andrey A.


    We theoretically investigate reflection of a few-cycle light pulse from a mirror with nonlinear dielectric coating. We employ a nonlinear equation that describes spatiotemporal evolution of a few-cycle light pulse with a broad spectrum that lies in the transparency range of nonlinear dielectric media. This model is formulated directly for the electric field without slowly varying amplitude approximation. Analytical and numerical analysis shows that counter-propagating wave interactions in thin films can strongly enhance or suppress third harmonic generation of the central frequency, whereas this effect is neglected in the framework of slowly varying amplitude approximation.

  9. Tunable time-reversal cavity for high-pressure ultrasonic pulses generation: A tradeoff between transmission and time compression (United States)

    Arnal, Bastien; Pernot, Mathieu; Fink, Mathias; Tanter, Mickael


    This Letter presents a time reversal cavity that has both a high reverberation time and a good transmission factor. A multiple scattering medium has been embedded inside a fluid-filled reverberating cavity. This allows creating smart ultrasonic sources able to generate very high pressure pulses at the focus outside the cavity with large steering capabilities. Experiments demonstrate a 25 dB gain in pressure at the focus. This concept will enable us to convert conventional ultrasonic imaging probes driven by low power electronics into high power probes for therapeutic applications requiring high pressure focused pulses, such as histotripsy or lithotripsy.

  10. Broadband and high power terahertz pulse generation beyond excitation bandwidth limitation via chi2 cascaded processes in LiNbO3. (United States)

    Nagai, Masaya; Jewariya, Mukesh; Ichikawa, Yuki; Ohtake, Hideyuki; Sugiura, Toshiharu; Uehara, Yuzuru; Tanaka, Koichiro


    We proposed a novel THz generation technique beyond the limitation of the input optical pulse width, based on phase modulation via cascaded chi((2)) process. When intense THz electric field generated by optical rectification lies in electro-optic (EO) crystal, emitted THz field gives phase modulation to the optical excitation pulse. The phase modulation causes excitation pulse narrowing and consequently gives rise to the enhancement of conversion efficiency and THz wave bandwidth broadening. We experimentally realize this generation technique with high chi((2)) EO crystal LiNbO(3) and with subpicosecond pulse from Yb-doped fiber laser. It opens new concept of THz technologies.

  11. High harmonics generation at the interaction of an intense fs laser pulse with an overdense plasma layer (United States)

    Mihailescu, A.; Stancalie, V.; Pais, V.


    Harmonics generated with fs laser pulses are not only among the most intense sources in the wavelength range of a few tens of nanometers but also a far better source than X-ray lasers from the coherence point of view. It is anticipated, that in the near future, the harmonics issued from femtosecond laser-produced plasmas will represent a coherent source much brighter than all other XUV sources apart from the XFEL. These particular aspects, correlated with the fact that high order harmonics produced by reflection of an ultrashort and intense laser pulse on an overdense plasma layer impose virtually no restrictions on the intensity of the laser employed, lead the way to a series of potential applications in plasma diagnostics and nonlinear optics. This work presents a theoretical study on the high harmonics generation mechanism occurring at the reflection of a femtosecond Ti-Sapphire terawatt laser pulse (λ0 = 0.8 μm and pulse durations around 100-150 fs) on an overdense steep Al plasma layer. Insights on how different laser parameters influence this generation mechanism and its efficiency are provided.

  12. Effects of kisspeptin-10 on the electrophysiological manifestation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone pulse generator activity in the female rat. (United States)

    Kinsey-Jones, James S; Li, Xiao Feng; Luckman, Simon M; O'Byrne, Kevin T


    Kisspeptins are extraordinarily potent in stimulating gonadotropic hormone secretion via an action on the hypothalamic GnRH neural system. Because the physiological frequency of the GnRH pulse generator is a critical component of the control system that governs reproductive processes, the aim of this study was to examine the effect of kisspeptin-10 on pulsatile LH secretion and on the electrophysiological manifestation of GnRH pulse generator activity to determine frequency modulatory effects. Adult Sprague Dawley rats were ovariectomized and chronically implanted with electrodes in the arcuate nucleus to record the characteristic increases in hypothalamic multiunit electrical activity volleys coincident with the initiation of each LH pulse measured in peripheral blood and/or indwelling cardiac catheters for the collection of blood samples (25 microl) every 5 min for 6-7 h for the measurement of LH. Intravenous infusion of kisspeptin-10 (7.5, 35, and 100 nmol) induced a dose-dependent increase in LH secretion. The stimulatory effect of kisspeptin-10 (100 nmol) on LH secretion was blocked by the GnRH antagonist cetrorelix, precluding a singular action on gonadotropes. Unexpectedly, however, the marked increase in LH release in response to kisspeptin-10 (100 nmol) administration was not accompanied by any change in multiunit electrical activity volley frequency. It seem unlikely, therefore, that kisspeptin-10 has an appreciable frequency modulatory effect on GnRH pulse generator activity in the female rat.

  13. Percolation-enhanced generation of terahertz pulses by optical rectification on ultrathin gold films

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    Ramakrishnan, G.; Planken, P.C.M.


    Emission of pulses of electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz range is observed when ultrathin gold films on glass are illuminated with femtosecond near-IR laser pulses. A distinct maximum is observed in the emitted terahertz amplitude from films of average thickness just above the percolation

  14. Proton radiography of magnetic fields generated with an open-ended coil driven by high power laser pulses

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    Guoqian Liao


    Full Text Available Recently generation of strong magnetic (B fields has been demonstrated in capacitor coils heated by high power laser pulses [S. Fujioka et al., Sci. Rep. 3, 1170 (2013]. This paper will present a direct measurement of B field generated with an open-ended coil target driven by a nanosecond laser pulse using ultrafast proton radiography. The radiographs are analyzed with particle-tracing simulations. The B field at the coil center is inferred to be ∼50 T at an irradiance of ∼5 × 1014 W·cm−2. The B field generation is attributed to the background cold electron flow pointing to the laser focal spot, where a target potential is induced due to the escape of energetic electrons.

  15. Generation of spherical and cylindrical shock acoustic waves from optical breakdown in water, stimulated with femtosecond pulse

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    Potemkin, F V; Podshivalov, A A; Gordienko, V M


    Using shadow photography technique we have observed shock acoustic wave from optical breakdown, excited in water by tightly focused Cr:Forsterite femtosecond laser beam, and have found two different regimes of shock wave generation by varying only the energy of laser pulse. At low energies a single spherical shock wave is generated from laser beam waist, and its radius tends to saturation with energy increasing. At higher energies long laser filament in water is fired, that leads to the cylindrical shock wave generation, which longitude increases logarithmically with laser pulse energy. From shadow pictures we estimated maximal velocity in front or shock wave of 2300+/-150m/s and pressure of 1.0+/-0.1 GPa

  16. Generating Efficient Femtosecond Mid-infrared Pulse by Single Near-infrared Pump Wavelength in Bulk Nonlinear Crystal Without Phase-matching

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    Zhou, Binbin; Guo, Hairun; Bache, Morten


    We experimentally demonstrate efficient mid-infrared pulse generation by dispersive wave radiation in bulk lithium niobate crystal. Femtosecond mid-IR pulses centering from 2.8-2.92 μm are generated using the single pump wavelengths from 1.25-1.45 μm. © 2014 Optical Society of America...

  17. Multicolor optical Nyquist pulse generation based on self-phase modulation without line-by-line control (United States)

    Wang, Dong; Huo, Li; Jiang, Xiangyu; Lou, Caiyun


    Multicolor optical Nyquist pulse generation based on self-phase modulation without line-by-line control is proposed and experimental demonstrated. By 1.4-ps nearly chirp-free optical Gaussian pulse pumping of a high nonlinearity fiber, a 25-GHz spacing, flat-topped supercontinuum (SC) over 17.8 nm within 3.6 dB power variation at a modest pump power of 21.8 dBm is performed. As the phase of the central 90 tones is almost linear to the wavelength after dispersion compensation, spatial light modulator placed after SC for precise line-by-line control both of amplitude and phase can be replaced by conventional optical band-pass filter (OBPF). With an array of quasi-rectangular OBPFs, nearly transform-limited optical Nyquist pulses with a duty cycle of 5.5% on 4 wavelengths are achieved simultaneously.

  18. Generation of isolated single attosecond hard X-ray pulse in enhanced self-amplified spontaneous emission scheme. (United States)

    Kumar, Sandeep; Kang, Heung-Sik; Kim, Dong Eon


    The generation of isolated attosecond hard x-ray pulse has been studied under the enhanced self-amplified spontaneous emission (ESASE) scheme with the density and energy modulation of an electron bunch. It is demonstrated in simulation that an isolated attosecond hard x-ray pulse of a high contrast ratio can be produced by adjusting a driver laser wavelength and the energy distribution of an electron bunch. An isolated attosecond pulse of ~146 attosecond full-width half-maximum (FWHM) at 0.1 nm wavelength is obtained with a saturation length of 34 meter for the electron beam parameters of Korean X-ray Free Electron laser. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  19. Experimental observation of acoustic emissions generated by a pulsed proton beam from a hospital-based clinical cyclotron. (United States)

    Jones, Kevin C; Vander Stappen, François; Bawiec, Christopher R; Janssens, Guillaume; Lewin, Peter A; Prieels, Damien; Solberg, Timothy D; Sehgal, Chandra M; Avery, Stephen


    To measure the acoustic signal generated by a pulsed proton spill from a hospital-based clinical cyclotron. An electronic function generator modulated the IBA C230 isochronous cyclotron to create a pulsed proton beam. The acoustic emissions generated by the proton beam were measured in water using a hydrophone. The acoustic measurements were repeated with increasing proton current and increasing distance between detector and beam. The cyclotron generated proton spills with rise times of 18 μs and a maximum measured instantaneous proton current of 790 nA. Acoustic emissions generated by the proton energy deposition were measured to be on the order of mPa. The origin of the acoustic wave was identified as the proton beam based on the correlation between acoustic emission arrival time and distance between the hydrophone and proton beam. The acoustic frequency spectrum peaked at 10 kHz, and the acoustic pressure amplitude increased monotonically with increasing proton current. The authors report the first observation of acoustic emissions generated by a proton beam from a hospital-based clinical cyclotron. When modulated by an electronic function generator, the cyclotron is capable of creating proton spills with fast rise times (18 μs) and high instantaneous currents (790 nA). Measurements of the proton-generated acoustic emissions in a clinical setting may provide a method for in vivo proton range verification and patient monitoring.

  20. Three-dimensional time and frequency-domain theory of femtosecond x-ray pulse generation through Thomson scattering

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    Winthrop J. Brown


    Full Text Available The generation of high intensity, ultrashort x-ray pulses enables exciting new experimental capabilities, such as femtosecond pump-probe experiments used to temporally resolve material structural dynamics on atomic time scales. Thomson backscattering of a high intensity laser pulse with a bright relativistic electron bunch is a promising method for producing such high-brightness x-ray pulses in the 10–100 keV range within a compact facility. While a variety of methods for producing subpicosecond x-ray bursts by Thomson scattering exist, including compression of the electron bunch to subpicosecond bunch lengths and/or colliding a subpicosecond laser pulse in a side-on geometry to minimize the interaction time, a promising alternative approach to achieving this goal while maintaining ultrahigh brightness is the production of a time-correlated (or chirped x-ray pulse in conjunction with pulse slicing or compression. We present the results of a complete analysis of this process using a recently developed 3D time and frequency-domain code for analyzing the spatial, temporal, and spectral properties an x-ray beam produced by relativistic Thomson scattering. Based on the relativistic differential cross section, this code has the capability to calculate time and space dependent spectra of the x-ray photons produced from linear Thomson scattering for both bandwidth-limited and chirped incident laser pulses. Spectral broadening of the scattered x-ray pulse resulting from the incident laser bandwidth, laser focus, and the transverse and longitudinal phase space of the electron beam were examined. Simulations of chirped x-ray pulse production using both a chirped electron beam and a chirped laser pulse are presented. Required electron beam and laser parameters are summarized by investigating the effects of beam emittance, energy spread, and laser bandwidth on the scattered x-ray spectrum. It is shown that sufficient temporal correlation in the scattered

  1. Development of double-pulse lasers ablation system for generating gold ion source under applying an electric field (United States)

    Khalil, A. A. I.


    Double-pulse lasers ablation (DPLA) technique was developed to generate gold (Au) ion source and produce high current under applying an electric potential in an argon ambient gas environment. Two Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers operating at 1064 and 266 nm wavelengths are combined in an unconventional orthogonal (crossed-beam) double-pulse configuration with 45° angle to focus on a gold target along with a spectrometer for spectral analysis of gold plasma. The properties of gold plasma produced under double-pulse lasers excitation were studied. The velocity distribution function (VDF) of the emitted plasma was studied using a dedicated Faraday-cup ion probe (FCIP) under argon gas discharge. The experimental parameters were optimized to attain the best signal to noise (S/N) ratio. The results depicted that the VDF and current signals depend on the discharge applied voltage, laser intensity, laser wavelength and ambient argon gas pressure. A seven-fold increases in the current signal by increasing the discharge applied voltage and ion velocity under applying double-pulse lasers field. The plasma parameters (electron temperature and density) were also studied and their dependence on the delay (times between the excitation laser pulse and the opening of camera shutter) was investigated as well. This study could provide significant reference data for the optimization and design of DPLA systems engaged in laser induced plasma deposition thin films and facing components diagnostics.

  2. Evaluation of machine learning tools for inspection of steam generator tube structures using pulsed eddy current (United States)

    Buck, J. A.; Underhill, P. R.; Morelli, J.; Krause, T. W.


    Degradation of nuclear steam generator (SG) tubes and support structures can result in a loss of reactor efficiency. Regular in-service inspection, by conventional eddy current testing (ECT), permits detection of cracks, measurement of wall loss, and identification of other SG tube degradation modes. However, ECT is challenged by overlapping degradation modes such as might occur for SG tube fretting accompanied by tube off-set within a corroding ferromagnetic support structure. Pulsed eddy current (PEC) is an emerging technology examined here for inspection of Alloy-800 SG tubes and associated carbon steel drilled support structures. Support structure hole size was varied to simulate uniform corrosion, while SG tube was off-set relative to hole axis. PEC measurements were performed using a single driver with an 8 pick-up coil configuration in the presence of flat-bottom rectangular frets as an overlapping degradation mode. A modified principal component analysis (MPCA) was performed on the time-voltage data in order to reduce data dimensionality. The MPCA scores were then used to train a support vector machine (SVM) that simultaneously targeted four independent parameters associated with; support structure hole size, tube off-centering in two dimensions and fret depth. The support vector machine was trained, tested, and validated on experimental data. Results were compared with a previously developed artificial neural network (ANN) trained on the same data. Estimates of tube position showed comparable results between the two machine learning tools. However, the ANN produced better estimates of hole inner diameter and fret depth. The better results from ANN analysis was attributed to challenges associated with the SVM when non-constant variance is present in the data.

  3. Flat supercontinuum generation pumped by amplified noise-like pulses from a figure-eight erbium-doped fiber laser (United States)

    Hernández-Escobar, E.; Bello-Jiménez, M.; Pottiez, O.; Ibarra-Escamilla, B.; López-Estopier, R.; Durán-Sánchez, M.; Kuzin, E. A.; Andrés, M. V.


    The conditions to obtain noise-like pulses (NLPs) from a figure-eight fiber laser (F8L) and their application for supercontinuum (SC) generation in the anomalous dispersion regime are reported. The F8L is designed to remove the undesired low-intensity background radiation from pulse emission, generating NLPs with a 3 dB spectral bandwidth of 17.43 nm at the fundamental repetition frequency of 0.8 MHz. After amplification, NLPs reach a maximum average power of 9.2 mW and 123.32 nm spectral bandwidth. By controlling the amplifier pump power, flat SC generation is demonstrated through both a 800 m long spool of SMF-28 fiber and a piece of 5 m long highly nonlinear optical fiber. The results demonstrate a satisfactory flatness of ~3 dB over a bandwidth of ~1000 nm in the range from 1261 to 2261 nm, achieving to the best of our knowledge, one of the flattest SC generated from noise-like pulses.

  4. Nanoscale structures generation within the surface layer of metals with short UV laser pulses

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    Ivanov, D.S; Blumenstein, A; Rethfeld, B; Veiko, V.P; Yakovlev, E.B; Garcia, M.E


    We have completed modeling of a laser pulse influence on a gold target. We have applied a hybrid atomistic-continuum model to analyze the physical mechanisms responsible for the process of nanostructuring...

  5. A New Possibility for Production of Sub-picosecond X-ray Pulses using a Time Dependent Radio Frequency Orbit Deflection

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    Zholents, A. A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)


    It is shown that two radio frequency deflecting cavities with slightly different frequencies can be used to produce time-dependent orbit deflection to a few special electron bunches while keeping the majority of the electron bunches unaffected. These special bunches produce an x-ray pulse in which transverse position or angle, or both, are correlated with time. The x-ray pulses are then shortened, either with an asymmetrically cut crystal that acts as a pulse compressor, or with an angular aperture such as a narrow slit positioned downstream. The implementation of this technique creates a highly flexible environment for synchrotrons in which users of most beamlines will be able to easily select between the x-rays originated by the standard electron bunches and the short x-ray pulses originated by the special electron bunches carrying a time-dependent transverse correlation.

  6. Short pulse generation in a passively mode-locked photonic crystal semiconductor laser

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    Heuck, Mikkel; Blaaberg, Søren; Mørk, Jesper


    We present a new type of passively mode-locked laser with quantum wells embedded in photonic crystal waveguides operating in the slow light regime, which is capable of emitting sub picosecond pulses with widely controllable properties......We present a new type of passively mode-locked laser with quantum wells embedded in photonic crystal waveguides operating in the slow light regime, which is capable of emitting sub picosecond pulses with widely controllable properties...

  7. Tree shoot bending generates hydraulic pressure pulses: a new long-distance signal? (United States)

    Lopez, Rosana; Badel, Eric; Peraudeau, Sebastien; Leblanc-Fournier, Nathalie; Beaujard, François; Julien, Jean-Louis; Cochard, Hervé; Moulia, Bruno


    When tree stems are mechanically stimulated, a rapid long-distance signal is induced that slows down primary growth. An investigation was carried out to determine whether the signal might be borne by a mechanically induced pressure pulse in the xylem. Coupling xylem flow meters and pressure sensors with a mechanical testing device, the hydraulic effects of mechanical deformation of tree stem and branches were measured. Organs of several tree species were studied, including gymnosperms and angiosperms with different wood densities and anatomies. Bending had a negligible effect on xylem conductivity, even when deformations were sustained or were larger than would be encountered in nature. It was found that bending caused transient variation in the hydraulic pressure within the xylem of branch segments. This local transient increase in pressure in the xylem was rapidly propagated along the vascular system in planta to the upper and lower regions of the stem. It was shown that this hydraulic pulse originates from the apoplast. Water that was mobilized in the hydraulic pulses came from the saturated porous material of the conduits and their walls, suggesting that the poroelastic behaviour of xylem might be a key factor. Although likely to be a generic mechanical response, quantitative differences in the hydraulic pulse were found in different species, possibly related to differences in xylem anatomy. Importantly the hydraulic pulse was proportional to the strained volume, similar to known thigmomorphogenetic responses. It is hypothesized that the hydraulic pulse may be the signal that rapidly transmits mechanobiological information to leaves, roots, and apices.

  8. Amplification of noise-like pulses generated from a graphene-based Tm-doped all-fiber laser. (United States)

    Sobon, Grzegorz; Sotor, Jaroslaw; Przewolka, Aleksandra; Pasternak, Iwona; Strupinski, Wlodek; Abramski, Krzysztof


    We report on the generation of noise-like pulse (NLP) trains in a Tm-doped fiber laser mode-locked by multilayer graphene saturable absorber. The spectral bandwidth obtained directly from the oscillator exceeds 60 nm, centered at 1950 nm, with 23.5 MHz repetition rate. The pulses were also amplified in a fully fiberized amplifier based on a double-cladding Tm-doped fiber. The system was capable of delivering 1.21 W of average power, which corresponds to 51.5 nJ energy stored in the noise-like bundle. We believe that the presented source might serve as a pump for supercontinuum generation in highly nonlinear fibers.

  9. Novel D-shaped fiber fabrication method for saturable absorber application in the generation of ultra-short pulses (United States)

    Ahmad, H.; Safaei, R.; Rezayi, M.; Amiri, I. S.


    A cost-efficient, time-saving and effective technique for the fabrication of D-shaped fibers is presented, to provide a platform with a strong evanescent field to be used as a saturable absorber (SA). This technique provides flexibility by removing the required portion of the fiber, and a small polished length which offers a unique opportunity to deposit SA on its surface by simply submerging it in the SA solution without high losses. A compact fiber laser utilizing a graphene oxide coating on a fabricated D-shaped fiber as an SA capable of generating ultrashort pulses is designed and verified. We report the generation of ultrafast pulses as short as 227 fs with a 34.7 MHz repetition rate, having a 3 dB bandwidth of 14 nm at the 1570 nm center wavelength.

  10. Imaging the ultrafast Kerr effect, free carrier generation, relaxation and ablation dynamics of Lithium Niobate irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses (United States)

    Garcia-Lechuga, Mario; Siegel, Jan; Hernandez-Rueda, Javier; Solis, Javier


    The interaction of high-power single 130 femtosecond (fs) laser pulses with the surface of Lithium Niobate is experimentally investigated in this work. The use of fs-resolution time-resolved microscopy allows us to separately observe the instantaneous optical Kerr effect induced by the pulse and the generation of a free electron plasma. The maximum electron density is reached 550 fs after the peak of the Kerr effect, confirming the presence of a delayed carrier generation mechanism. We have also observed the appearance of transient Newton rings during the ablation process, related to optical interference of the probe beam reflected at the front and back surface of the ablating layer. Finally, we have analyzed the dynamics of the photorefractive effect on a much longer time scale by measuring the evolution of the transmittance of the irradiated area for different fluences below the ablation threshold.

  11. Picosecond blue light pulse generation by frequency doubling of a gain-switched GaAlAs laser diode with saturable absorbers

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    Ohya, J.; Tohmon, G.; Yamamoto, K.; Taniuchi, T. (Semiconductor Research Center, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Moriguchi, Osaka 570, (JapaN)); Kume, M. (Electronics Research Laboratory, Matsushita Electronics Corporation, Takatsuki, Osaka 569, (Japan))


    Picosecond blue light pulse generation by frequency doubling of a gain-switched GaAlAs laser diode in a proton-exchanged MgO:LiNbO{sub 3} waveguide is reported. High-peak fundamental pulse power of 1.23 W is obtained by employing a laser diode with saturable absorbers. Blue light pulse of 7.88 mW maximum peak power and 28.7 ps pulse width is generated in the form of Cherenkov radiation.

  12. Generation of hard X-ray from solid target irradiated by UV high intensity ultrashort pulse laser

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    Tao Ye; Tang Xiu Zhang; Shan Yu Sheng; Wang Nai Yan


    Hard X-ray continuum generated from interaction of UV high intensity ultrashort pulse laser with solid target has been investigated by experiment. P-polarized light irradiating 5 mm Cu slab with 45 degree, the hard X-ray with energy of 200 keV has been detected. Fitting the experiment data by Maxwellian distribution, the temperature of hot electron is 67 keV. The experiment data are the results of combination of several absorption mechanisms

  13. Kisspeptin signalling in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus regulates GnRH pulse generator frequency in the rat.

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    Xiao-Feng Li


    Full Text Available Kisspeptin and its G protein-coupled receptor (GPR 54 are essential for activation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal axis. In the rat, the kisspeptin neurons critical for gonadotropin secretion are located in the hypothalamic arcuate (ARC and anteroventral periventricular (AVPV nuclei. As the ARC is known to be the site of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH pulse generator we explored whether kisspeptin-GPR54 signalling in the ARC regulates GnRH pulses.We examined the effects of kisspeptin-10 or a selective kisspeptin antagonist administration intra-ARC or intra-medial preoptic area (mPOA, (which includes the AVPV, on pulsatile luteinizing hormone (LH secretion in the rat. Ovariectomized rats with subcutaneous 17beta-estradiol capsules were chronically implanted with bilateral intra-ARC or intra-mPOA cannulae, or intra-cerebroventricular (icv cannulae and intravenous catheters. Blood samples were collected every 5 min for 5-8 h for LH measurement. After 2 h of control blood sampling, kisspeptin-10 or kisspeptin antagonist was administered via pre-implanted cannulae. Intranuclear administration of kisspeptin-10 resulted in a dose-dependent increase in circulating levels of LH lasting approximately 1 h, before recovering to a normal pulsatile pattern of circulating LH. Both icv and intra-ARC administration of kisspeptin antagonist suppressed LH pulse frequency profoundly. However, intra-mPOA administration of kisspeptin antagonist did not affect pulsatile LH secretion.These data are the first to identify the arcuate nucleus as a key site for kisspeptin modulation of LH pulse frequency, supporting the notion that kisspeptin-GPR54 signalling in this region of the mediobasal hypothalamus is a critical neural component of the hypothalamic GnRH pulse generator.

  14. Dynamic control of laser driven proton beams by exploiting self-generated, ultrashort electromagnetic pulses

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    Kar, S., E-mail:; Ahmed, H.; Nersisyan, G.; Hanton, F.; Naughton, K.; Lewis, C. L. S.; Borghesi, M. [Centre for Plasma Physics, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen' s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN (United Kingdom); Brauckmann, S.; Giesecke, A. L.; Willi, O. [Institut für Laser-und Plasmaphysik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)


    As part of the ultrafast charge dynamics initiated by high intensity laser irradiations of solid targets, high amplitude EM pulses propagate away from the interaction point and are transported along any stalks and wires attached to the target. The propagation of these high amplitude pulses along a thin wire connected to a laser irradiated target was diagnosed via the proton radiography technique, measuring a pulse duration of ∼20 ps and a pulse velocity close to the speed of light. The strong electric field associated with the EM pulse can be exploited for controlling dynamically the proton beams produced from a laser-driven source. Chromatic divergence control of broadband laser driven protons (upto 75% reduction in divergence of >5 MeV protons) was obtained by winding the supporting wire around the proton beam axis to create a helical coil structure. In addition to providing focussing and energy selection, the technique has the potential to post-accelerate the transiting protons by the longitudinal component of the curved electric field lines produced by the helical coil lens.

  15. Pulsed, Inductively Generated, Streaming Plasma Ion Source for Heavy Ion Fusion Linacs

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    Steven C. Glidden; Howard D Sanders; John B. Greenly; Daniel L. Dongwoo


    This report describes a compact, high current density, pulsed ion source, based on electrodeless, inductively driven gas breakdown, developed to meet the requirements on normalized emittance, current density, uniformity and pulse duration for an ion injector in a heavy-ion fusion driver. The plasma source produces >10 μs pulse of Argon plasma with ion current densities >100 mA/cm2 at 30 cm from the source and with strongly axially directed ion energy of about 80 eV, and sub-eV transverse temperature. The source has good reproducibility and spatial uniformity. Control of the current density during the pulse has been demonstrated with a novel modulator coil method which allows attenuation of the ion current density without significantly affecting the beam quality. This project was carried out in two phases. Phase 1 used source configurations adapted from light ion sources to demonstrate the feasibility of the concept. In Phase 2 the performance of the source was enhanced and quantified in greater detail, a modulator for controlling the pulse shape was developed, and experiments were conducted with the ions accelerated to >40 kV.

  16. Generation of thermo-acoustic waves from pulsed solar/IR radiation (United States)

    Rahman, Aowabin

    Acoustic waves could potentially be used in a wide range of engineering applications; however, the high energy consumption in generating acoustic waves from electrical energy and the cost associated with the process limit the use of acoustic waves in industrial processes. Acoustic waves converted from solar radiation provide a feasible way of obtaining acoustic energy, without relying on conventional nonrenewable energy sources. One of the goals of this thesis project was to experimentally study the conversion of thermal to acoustic energy using pulsed radiation. The experiments were categorized into "indoor" and "outdoor" experiments, each with a separate experimental setup. The indoor experiments used an IR heater to power the thermo-acoustic lasers and were primarily aimed at studying the effect of various experimental parameters on the amplitude of sound waves in the low frequency range (below 130 Hz). The IR radiation was modulated externally using a chopper wheel and then impinged on a porous solid, which was housed inside a thermo-acoustic (TA) converter. A microphone located at a certain distance from the porous solid inside the TA converter detected the acoustic signals. The "outdoor" experiments, which were targeted at TA conversion at comparatively higher frequencies (in 200 Hz-3 kHz range) used solar energy to power the thermo-acoustic laser. The amplitudes (in RMS) of thermo-acoustic signals obtained in experiments using IR heater as radiation source were in the 80-100 dB range. The frequency of acoustic waves corresponded to the frequency of interceptions of the radiation beam by the chopper. The amplitudes of acoustic waves were influenced by several factors, including the chopping frequency, magnitude of radiation flux, type of porous material, length of porous material, external heating of the TA converter housing, location of microphone within the air column, and design of the TA converter. The time-dependent profile of the thermo-acoustic signals

  17. Inspection of ferromagnetic support structures from within alloy 800 steam generator tubes using pulsed eddy current (United States)

    Buck, Jeremy Andrew

    Nondestructive testing is a critical aspect of component lifetime management. Nuclear steam generator (SG) tubes are the thinnest barrier between irradiated primary heat transport system and the secondary heat transport system, whose components are not rated for large radiation fields. Conventional eddy current testing (ECT) and ultrasonic testing are currently employed for inspecting SG tubes, with the former doing most inspections due to speed and reliability based on an understanding of how flaws affect coil impedance parameters when conductors are subjected to harmonically induced currents. However, when multiple degradation modes are present simultaneously near ferromagnetic materials, such as tube fretting, support structure corrosion, and magnetite fouling, ECT reliability decreases. Pulsed eddy current (PEC), which induces transient eddy currents via square wave excitation, has been considered in this thesis to simultaneously examine SG tube and support structure conditions. An array probe consisting of a central driver, coaxial with the tube, and an array of 8 sensing coils, was used in this thesis to perform laboratory measurements. The probe was delivered from the inner diameter (ID) of the SG tube, where support hole diameter, tube frets, and 2D off-centering were varied. When considering two variables simultaneously, scores obtained from a modified principal components analysis (MPCA) were sufficient for parameter extraction. In the case of hole ID variation with two dimensional tube off-centering (three parameters), multiple linear regression (MLR) of the MPCA scores provided good estimates of parameters. However, once a fourth variable, outer diameter tube frets, was introduced, MLR proved insufficient. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) were investigated in order to perform pattern recognition on the MPCA scores to simultaneously extract the four measurement parameters from the data. All models throughout this thesis were created and validated using

  18. Intense γ ray generated by refocusing laser pulse on wakefield accelerated electrons (United States)

    Feng, Jie; Wang, Jinguang; Li, Yifei; Zhu, Changqing; Li, Minghua; He, Yuhang; Li, Dazhang; Wang, Weimin; Chen, Liming


    Ultrafast x/γ ray emission from the combination of laser wake-field acceleration and plasma mirror has been investigated as a promising Thomson scattering source. However, the photon energy and yield of radiation are limited to the intensity of reflected laser pulses. We use the 2D particle in cell simulation to demonstrate that a 75TW driven laser pulse can be refocused on the accelerated electron bunches through a hemispherical plasma mirror with a small f number of 0.25. The energetic electrons with the maximum energy about 350 MeV collide with the reflected laser pulse of a0 = 3.82 at the focal spot, producing high order multi-photon Thomson scattering, and resulting in the scattering spectrum which extends up to 21.2 MeV. Such a high energy γ ray source could be applied to photonuclear reaction and materials science.

  19. Ecton processes in the generation of pulsed runaway electron beams in a gas discharge (United States)

    Mesyats, G. A.


    As was shown earlier for pulsed discharges that occur in electric fields rising with extremely high rates (1018 V/(cm s)) during the pulse rise time, the electron current in a vacuum discharge is lower than the current of runaway electrons in an atmospheric air discharge in a 1-cm-long gap. In this paper, this is explained by that the field emission current from cathode microprotrusions in a gas discharge is enhanced due to gas ionization. This hastens the initiation of explosive electron emission, which occurs within 10-11 s at a current density of up to 1010 A/cm2. Thereafter, a first-type cathode spot starts forming. The temperature of the cathode spot decreases due to heat conduction, and the explosive emission current ceases. Thus, the runaway electron current pulse is similar in nature to the ecton phenomenon in a vacuum discharge.

  20. Generation of large-bandwidth x-ray free-electron-laser pulses

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    Angela Saa Hernandez


    Full Text Available X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs are modern research tools in disciplines such as biology, material science, chemistry, and physics. Besides the standard operation that aims at minimizing the bandwidth of the produced XFEL radiation, there is a strong scientific demand to produce large-bandwidth XFEL pulses for several applications such as nanocrystallography, stimulated Raman spectroscopy, and multiwavelength anomalous diffraction. We present a self-consistent method that maximizes the XFEL pulse bandwidth by systematically maximizing the energy chirp of the electron beam at the undulator entrance. This is achieved by optimizing the compression scheme and the electron distribution at the source in an iterative back-and-forward tracking. Start-to-end numerical simulations show that a relative bandwidth of 3.25% full-width can be achieved for the hard x-ray pulses in the SwissFEL case.

  1. Extracting nanosecond pulse signals via stochastic resonance generated by surface plasmon bistability. (United States)

    Han, Jing; Liu, Hongjun; Sun, Qibing; Huang, Nan; Wang, Zhaolu; Li, Shaopeng


    A technology is investigated to extract nanosecond pulse noise hidden signals via stochastic resonance, which is based on surface plasmon bistability. A theoretical model for recovering nanosecond pulse signals is derived to describe the nonlinear process. It is found that the incident angle, polarization state, medium properties, and input noise intensity all determine the efficiency and fidelity of the output signal. The bistable behavior of the output intensity can be accurately controlled to obtain a cross-correlation gain larger than 6 in a wide range of input signal-to-noise ratio from 1∶5 to 1∶30. Meanwhile, the distortion in the time domain induced by phase shift can be reduced to a negligible level. This work provides a potential method for detecting low-level or hidden pulse signals in various communication fields.

  2. Poly (N-vinyl Carbazole) - Polypyrrole/graphene oxide nanocomposite material on tapered fiber for Q-switched pulse generation (United States)

    Ahmad, H.; Faruki, M. J.; Jasim, A. A.; Ooi, S. I.; Thambiratnam, K.


    A passively Q-switched fiber laser using a Saturable Absorber (SA) fabricated from a new Poly (N-vinyl Carbazole) - Polypyrrole/Graphene Oxide (PNVC-PPy/GO) nanocomposite material deposited on a tapered fiber is proposed and demonstrated. The PNVC-PPy/GO composition is deposited along a 3 mm length of the 6.5 cm tapered fiber which has a tapered waist of 8 μm. Q-switched pulses are obtained with repetition rates of 25.15-42.7 kHz and pulse widths of 5.74-2.48 μs over a pump power range of 12.8-40.0 mW. A maximum average power of 0.19 mW and pulse energy of 4.43 nJ are also observed. The proposed Q-switched maintains advantages of a simple design and low fabrication cost while at the same time generating high quality Q-switched pulses.

  3. Attosecond lighthouse above 100 eV from high-harmonic generation of mid-infrared pulses (United States)

    Kovács, K.; Negro, M.; Vozzi, C.; Stagira, S.; Tosa, V.


    In this paper, we numerically investigate the possibility to obtain a lighthouse emission for the attosecond pulses produced by high-order harmonics of a strong mid-infrared fundamental pulse without any optical element inserted in the path of the generating beam. The parameters of the driving pulse, focusing geometry, gas medium and detection configuration are currently experimentally feasible. Here, we study in detail the specific propagation conditions of the laser beam, and describe the exact mechanism of the sensitive space-time variation of the medium’s refractive index that lead to the dynamic wavefront rotation. This basic requirement for the lighthouse phenomenon is transmitted to the harmonic bursts, which are emitted with different divergence in successive optical half-cycles, thus can be detected in the far field at increasing distances from the optical axis. In this configuration, spectral filtering of the harmonics is not necessary, therefore the total harmonic pulse power might be used in further pump-probe experiments.

  4. High Power, Pulsed, RF Generation from Nonlinear Lumped Element Transmission Lines (NLETLs) (United States)


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  5. Polarization extinction ratio and polarization dependent intensity noise in long-pulse supercontinuum generation (Conference Presentation)

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    Chin, Catherine; Engelsholm, Rasmus Dybbro; Moselund, Peter Morten


    polarization extinction ratios (PER) of over 10 dB. We experimentally demonstrate how the spectrally resolved polarization develops with increasing power and along the length of the nonlinear fiber. The experimental results are compared to numerical simulations of coupled polarization states mimicking...... the experimental conditions. Subsequently, a single-shot pulse-to-pulse polarization dependent relative intensity noise (PD-RIN) was measured and the noise characteristics were analyzed using long-tailed and rogue wave statistics. To do this, we used a range of 10 nm narrow bandpass filters (BPF) between 550 nm...

  6. Intensity distributions and isolated attosecond pulse generation from molecular high-order harmonic generation in H2+ driven by nonhomogeneous field (United States)

    Feng, Liqiang; Chu, Tianshu


    Intensity distributions and isolated attosecond pulse generation from the molecular high-order harmonic generation (MHHG) in H2+ and T2+ driven by the nonhomogeneous field have been theoretically investigated. (i) Generally speaking, the intensities of the harmonics driven by the homogeneous field can be enhanced as the initial vibrational state increases and much more intense harmonics can be obtained from the light nuclei. However, with the introduction of the nonhomogeneous effect, the enhanced ratios of the harmonic yields are decreased as the initial vibrational state increases. Moreover, the intensities of the harmonics from H2+ and T2+ are very sensitive to the nonhomogeneous effect of the laser field. (ii) The contributions of the MHHG from the two-H nuclei present the periodic variation as a function of the laser phase for the case of the symmetric nonhomogeneous field. However, for the case of the positive and the negative asymmetric nonhomogeneous fields, the left-H and the right-H play the dominating role in the MHHG, respectively. Moreover, as the angle between the laser polarization direction and the molecular axis increases, the intensity differences of the harmonics from the two-H nuclei are increased. (iii) By properly adding a half-cycle pulse into the positive asymmetric nonhomogeneous field, a supercontinuum with the bandwidth of 279 eV and an isolated 25 as pulse can be obtained.

  7. Ozone generation in a kHz-pulsed He-O2 capillary dielectric barrier discharge operated in ambient air (United States)

    Sands, Brian L.; Ganguly, Biswa N.


    The generation of reactive oxygen species using nonequilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma jet devices has been a subject of recent interest due to their ability to generate localized concentrations from a compact source. To date, such studies with plasma jet devices have primarily utilized radio-frequency excitation. In this work, we characterize ozone generation in a kHz-pulsed capillary dielectric barrier discharge configuration comprised of an active discharge plasma jet operating in ambient air that is externally grounded. The plasma jet flow gas was composed of helium with an admixture of up to 5% oxygen. A unipolar voltage pulse train with a 20 ns pulse risetime was used to drive the discharge at repetition rates between 2-25 kHz. Using UVLED absorption spectroscopy centered at 255 nm near the Hartley-band absorption peak, ozone was detected over 1 cm from the capillary axis. We observed roughly linear scaling of ozone production with increasing pulse repetition rate up to a "turnover frequency," beyond which ozone production steadily dropped and discharge current and 777 nm O(5P→5S°) emission sharply increased. The turnover in ozone production occurred at higher pulse frequencies with increasing flow rate and decreasing applied voltage with a common energy density of 55 mJ/cm3 supplied to the discharge. The limiting energy density and peak ozone production both increased with increasing O2 admixture. The power dissipated in the discharge was obtained from circuit current and voltage measurements using a modified parallel plate dielectric barrier discharge circuit model and the volume-averaged ozone concentration was derived from a 2D ozone absorption measurement. From these measurements, the volume-averaged efficiency of ozone production was calculated to be 23 g/kWh at conditions for peak ozone production of 41 mg/h at 11 kV applied voltage, 3% O2, 2 l/min flow rate, and 13 kHz pulse repetition rate, with 1.79 W dissipated in the discharge.

  8. Millijoule Pulse Energy Second Harmonic Generation With Single-Stage Photonic Bandgap Rod Fiber Laser

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    Laurila, Marko; Saby, Julien; Alkeskjold, Thomas Tanggaard


    In this paper, we demonstrate, for the first time, a single-stage Q-switched single-mode (SM) ytterbium-doped rod fiber laser delivering record breaking pulse energies at visible and UV light. We use a photonic bandgap rod fiber with a mode field diameter of 59μm based on a new distributed...

  9. Ultra short pulse laser generated surface textures for anti-ice applications in aviation

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    Römer, G.W.; Del Cerro, D.A.; Sipkema, R.C.J.; Groenendijk, M.N.W.; Huis in 't Veld, A.J.


    By laser ablation with ultra short laser pulses in the pico- and femto-second range, well controlled dual scaled micro- and nano-scaled surface textures can be obtained. The micro-scale of the texture is mainly determined by the dimensions of the laser spot, whereas the superimposed nano-structure

  10. Generation of isolated attosecond pulses with double optical gating and electronic dynamics in molecules studied via attosecond pump-probe experiment (United States)

    Mashiko, Hiroki


    Single isolated attosecond pulses are useful tools for studying electron dynamics. Previously, such as pulses can be generated by few cycle 5 fs driving lasers. It is still a technical challenge to reproduce daily such pulses. In order to allow longer driving laser pulses, two optical gating methods of polarization gating and two-color gating are combined. This approach is dubbed double optical gating. Due to less depletion of the ground state population by the leading edge of the field, this technique can produce isolated 250 as pulses using up to ˜25 fs driving laser pulses. Also, the supercontinuous spectra (28-620 eV) can in principle support a 16 as pulse duration, obtained from 8 fs driving lasers. Because of the relaxation on the driving laser requirements, more laboratories can enter the isolated attosecond pulse science field. Pump-probe experiments with such isolated attosecond pulses and IR pulses can provide quantitative information on electronic dynamics. In recent work, the photoelectron spectra of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) clearly indicates the precise shape of the IR driving pulse (1.5 eV), verifying that isolated ˜400 as pulses (93 eV) are achieved and these pulses produce an instantaneous inner valence ionization in the molecule. The pump-probe spectra of cation fragments resulting from double and triple ionization show 6-7 fs rise times (SF4^2+, SF3^2+, SF2^2+ and S^2+) or decay times (SF^+ and S^+) times governed by the overlap of the IR and XUV pulses. A suppression or enhancement of certain fragmentation channels is tentatively interpreted as resulting from the IR laser exciting the initial cations to higher states that exhibit different decay channels. This type of pump-probe experiment with isolated attosecond pulses is powerful for the study of electronic dynamics as well as resulting nuclear fragmentation measurements.

  11. A self-starting hybrid optoelectronic oscillator generating ultra low jitter 10-GHz optical pulses and low phase noise electrical signals

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    Lasri, J.; Bilenca, A.; Dahan, D.


    In this letter, we describe a self-starting optical pulse source generating ultra low noise 15-ps-wide pulses at 10 GHz. It is based on a hybrid optoelectronic oscillator comprising a fiber extended cavity mode-locked diode laser which injection locks a self-oscillating heterojunction bipolar...

  12. The microstructural evolution and elemental distribution of a 3rd generation 1 GPa advanced high strength steel during double pulse resistance spot welding

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    Eftekharimilani, P.; van der Aa, EM; Hermans, M.J.M.; Richardson, I.M.


    This paper presents the effects of double pulse resistance spot welding (RSW) on the microstructural evolution, elemental distribution and mechanical properties of a 3rd generation 1 GPa advanced high strength steel (AHSS). In order to investigate the effect of double pulsing, the steel was exposed

  13. Generation of high-photon flux-coherent soft x-ray radiation with few-cycle pulses. (United States)

    Demmler, Stefan; Rothhardt, Jan; Hädrich, Steffen; Krebs, Manuel; Hage, Arvid; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas


    We present a tabletop source of coherent soft x-ray radiation with high-photon flux. Two-cycle pulses delivered by a fiber-laser-pumped optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier operating at 180 kHz repetition rate are upconverted via high harmonic generation in neon to photon energies beyond 200 eV. A maximum photon flux of 1.3·10(8) photons/s is achieved within a 1% bandwidth at 125 eV photon energy. This corresponds to a conversion efficiency of ~10(-9), which can be reached due to a gas jet simultaneously providing a high target density and phase matching. Further scaling potential toward higher photon flux as well as higher photon energies are discussed.

  14. Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and Plasma Characterization Generated by Long-Pulse Laser on Soil Samples (United States)

    Xu, S.; Duan, W.; Ning, R.; Li, Q.; Jiang, R.


    The plasma is generated by focusing a long-pulse (80 μs) Nd:YAG laser on chromium-doped soil samples. The calibration curves are drawn using the intensity ratio of the chromium spectral line at 425.435 nm with the iron spectral line (425.079 nm) as reference. The regression coefficient of the calibration curve is 0.993, and the limit of detection is 16 mg/kg, which is 19% less than that for the case of a Q-switched laser In the method of long-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, the laser-induced plasma had a temperature of 15795.907 K and an electron density of 2.988 × 1017 cm-3, which exceeded the corresponding plasma parameters of the Q-switched laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy by 75% and 24% respectively.

  15. Sub-picosecond pulse and terahertz optical frequency comb generation by monolithically integrated linear mode-locked laser (United States)

    Lo, Mu-Chieh; Guzmán, Robinson; Ali, Muhsin; Santos, Rui; Augustin, Luc; Carpintero, Guillermo


    We report on a record broad 3-dB bandwidth of 14 nm ( 1.8 THz around 1532 nm) optical frequency comb generated from a passively mode-locked quantum-well (QW) laser in the form of photonic integrated circuits through an InP generic photonic integration technology platform. This 21.5-GHz colliding-pulse mode-locked laser cavity is defined by two on-chip reflectors incorporating intracavity phase modulators followed by an out-of-cavity SOA as booster. Under certain operating conditions, an ultra-wide spectral bandwidth is achieved along with an autocorrelation trace confirming the mode locking nature exhibiting a pulse width of 0.35 ps. The beat note RF spectrum has a linewidth of sub-MHz and 35-dB SNR.

  16. Generation Control of ZnO Nanoparticles Using a Coaxial Gas-Flow Pulse Plasma Ar/O2 Plasma

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    Hiroki Shirahata


    Full Text Available Generation of ZnO nanoparticles was investigated using a coaxial gas-flow pulse plasma. We studied how zinc atoms, sputtered from a zinc target, reacted with oxygen in a plasma and/or on a substrate to form ZnO nanoparticles when the discharge parameters, such as applied pulse voltage and gas flow rate, were controlled in an O2/Ar plasma. The formation processes were estimated by SEM, TEM, and EDX. We observed many ZnO nanoparticles deposited on Si substrate. The particle yield and size were found to be controlled by changing the experimental parameters. The diameter of the particles was typically 50–200 nm.

  17. Generation and Amplification of Tunable Multicolored Femtosecond Laser Pulses by Using Cascaded Four-Wave Mixing in Transparent Bulk Media

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    Jun Liu


    Full Text Available We have reviewed the generation and amplification of wavelength-tunable multicolored femtosecond laser pulses using cascaded four-wave mixing (CFWM in transparent bulk media, mainly concentrating on our recent work. Theoretical analysis and calculations based on the phase-matching condition could explain well the process semi-quantitatively. The experimental studies showed: (1 as many as fifteen spectral up-shifted and two spectral down-shifted sidebands were obtained simultaneously with spectral bandwidth broader than 1.8 octaves from near ultraviolet (360 nm to near infrared (1.2 μm; (2 the obtained sidebands were spatially separated well and had extremely high beam quality with M2 factor better than 1.1; (3 the wavelengths of the generated multicolor sidebands could be conveniently tuned by changing the crossing angle or simply replacing with different media; (4 as short as 15-fs negatively chirped or nearly transform limited 20-fs multicolored femtosecond pulses were obtained when one of the two input beams was negatively chirped and the other was positively chirped; (5 the pulse energy of the sideband can reach a μJ level with power stability better than 1% RMS; (6 broadband two-dimensional (2-D multicolored arrays with more than ten periodic columns and more than ten rows were generated in a sapphire plate; (7 the obtained sidebands could be simultaneously spectra broadened and power amplified in another bulk medium by using cross-phase modulation (XPM in conjunction with four-wave optical parametric amplification (FOPA. The characterization showed that this is interesting and the CFWM sidebands generated by this novel method have good enough qualities in terms of power stability, beam quality, and temporal features suited to various experiments such as ultrafast multicolor time-resolved spectroscopy and multicolor-excitation nonlinear microscopy.

  18. Enhancement of High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Heating by Short-Pulse Generated Cavitation

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    Shin Yoshizawa


    Full Text Available A target tissue can be thermally coagulated in high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU treatment noninvasively. HIFU thermal treatments have been clinically applied to various solid tumors. One of the problems in HIFU treatments is a long treatment time. Acoustically driven microbubbles can accelerate the ultrasonic heating, resulting in the significant reduction of the treatment time. In this paper, a method named “trigger HIFU exposure” which employs cavitation microbubbles is introduced and its results are reviewed. A trigger HIFU sequence consists of high-intensity short pulses followed by moderate-intensity long bursts. Cavitation bubbles induced in a multiple focal regions by rapidly scanning the focus of high-intensity pulses enhanced the temperature increase significantly and produced a large coagulation region with high efficiency.

  19. Multi-function Mach-Zehnder modulator for pulse shaping and generation. (United States)

    Gao, Jing; Wu, Hui


    We present a multi-function electronic-photonic integrated circuit (EPIC) design which exploits a new operation mode of a Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM). Different from the conventional design, the two arms of the modulator are driven by time-shifted signals of tunable amplitude. We study its operation in the linear and quadratic regions where the MZM is biased at π/2 and π initial phase difference, respectively. In the linear region, the modulator sums the waveforms of the driving signals in the two arms, which can be used to add pre-emphasis function to the modulator, and hence it obviates an electrical pre-emphasis driver. Furthermore, when operating in the quadratic region, the modulator can produce optical pulses with tunable pulse width at double clock rate. Prototype circuits are designed first using a suit of device, electromagnetic simulators to build compact models, and then importing into a photonic circuit simulator for complete circuit performance evaluation.

  20. Functionally gradient materials of new generation fabricated by ablation and pulsed laser deposition (United States)

    Major, Boguslaw; Mroz, Waldemar; Wierzchon, Tadeusz; Ebner, Reinhold


    Physical basis of desorption and ablation are presented focusing mostly on the primary and secondary mechanisms and short pulses interaction with materials. Facilities used in pulse laser deposition (PLD) are discussed in respect to the PLD system working with an excimer laser which has been just set up at the Institute of Optoelectronics Military University of Technology. Directions of present and future applications are shown on the basis of the Proceedings of the last two Conferences on Laser Ablation COLA i.e. in Germany (1999) and Japan (2001). Own examinations on the PLD layers of FeAl and Ni3Al intermetallics produced using an excimer KrF as well as of TiN deposited by means of a Nd:YAG laser are presented.

  1. Laser system generating 250-mJ bunches of 5-GHz repetition rate, 12-ps pulses. (United States)

    Agnesi, Antonio; Braggio, Caterina; Carrà, Luca; Pirzio, Federico; Lodo, Stefano; Messineo, Giuseppe; Scarpa, Daniele; Tomaselli, Alessandra; Reali, Giancarlo; Vacchi, Carla


    We report on a high-energy solid-state laser based on a master-oscillator power-amplifier system seeded by a 5-GHz repetition-rate mode-locked oscillator, aimed at the excitation of the dynamic Casimir effect by optically modulating a microwave resonator. Solid-state amplifiers provide up to 250 mJ at 1064 nm in a 500-ns (macro-)pulse envelope containing 12-ps (micro-)pulses, with a macro/micropulse format and energy resembling that of near-infrared free-electron lasers. Efficient second-harmonic conversion allowed synchronous pumping of an optical parametric oscillator, obtaining up to 40 mJ in the range 750-850 nm.

  2. Generation of stable subfemtosecond hard x-ray pulses with optimized nonlinear bunch compression

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    Senlin Huang


    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a simple scheme that leverages existing x-ray free-electron laser hardware to produce stable single-spike, subfemtosecond x-ray pulses. By optimizing a high-harmonic radio-frequency linearizer to achieve nonlinear compression of a low-charge (20 pC electron beam, we obtain a sharp current profile possessing a few-femtosecond full width at half maximum temporal duration. A reverse undulator taper is applied to enable lasing only within the current spike, where longitudinal space charge forces induce an electron beam time-energy chirp. Simulations based on the Linac Coherent Light Source parameters show that stable single-spike x-ray pulses with a duration less than 200 attoseconds can be obtained.

  3. Operational Window for a Plasma Erosion Opening Switch Used for Voltage Multiplication on Pulsed Power Generators. (United States)


    References *1. R.A. Meger, J.R. Boller, R.J. Commisso, G. Cooperstein, Shyke A. Goldstein, R. Kulsrud, J.M. Neri, W.F. Oliphant, P.F. Ottinger, T.J. RenK , J.0... Renk , J.0. Shipman, Jr., S.J. Stephanakis, F.C. Young and B.V. Weber, Fourth IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, Albuquerque, NM, (1983) IEEE Cat. No

  4. Macroscopic generation of attosecond-pulse trains in strongly ionized media (United States)

    Tosa, V.; Kim, K. T.; Nam, C. H.


    The characteristics of attosecond-pulse trains (APT) obtained from high-order harmonics are investigated by using a nonadiabatic three-dimensional model. A time-dependent phase matching approach is used in order to analyze the macroscopic formation of the APT. Under high ionization conditions, the process of APT formation is found to be the result of an interlace among the driving laser field, single atom response, phase matching effects in the near field and burst interference in the far field.

  5. Visible continuous-wave laser transitions in Pr(3+):YLF and femtosecond pulse generation. (United States)

    Sutherland, J M; French, P M; Taylor, J R; Chai, B H


    Fourteen new cw, visible laser transitions have been observed in Pr(3+):YLF, several of which have exhibited modest tunability. The (3)P(0) - (3)H(6) transition near 613 nm has been shown to have a tunable linewidth of ~1 nm, which, for the first time to our knowledge, has permitted the direct production of femtosecond pulses in the visible from a cw solid-state laser by Kerr-lens mode locking.

  6. Generation of Quality Pulses for Control of Qubit/Quantum Memory Spin States: Experimental and Simulation (United States)


    collected ....................... 5 7. Experimentally measured noise figure and gain for several low- noise amplifiers , including COTF and cryogenically...frequency domain of the two cryogenically cooled low noise amplifiers in comparison with the ideal simulation when all the data is normalized...resonance). Both of these procedures require microwave and RF pulses, respectively, at various phase shifts, power , and duration to control the spin. An I/Q

  7. The method of surface plasmon-polariton pulses generation via cooperative effects in a waveguide spaser

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    Shesterikov Alexander


    Full Text Available Cooperative effects arising under conditions of a 0-D model for a dense ensemble of semiconductor quantum dots located in a dielectric layer near a flat metal surface are considered. The threshold conditions of the effect are determined and the values of the complex refractive index of the dielectric are chosen, which make it possible to increase the efficiency of the formation of surface plasmon-polariton (SPP pulses.

  8. Optical Arbitrary Waveform Generators Based on Temporal and Spectral Shaping of Optical Pulses in Nonlinear Metamaterials (United States)


    SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT The final goal of the research project is the theoretical design of new optical devices on a Lithium Niobate and...Tantalate platform; in particular we will focus on low-cost integrated optical pulse shapers on periodically poled Lithium Niobate and Tantalate waveguides...metal (30 nm) and dielectric (120 nm) layers . In figure 1 we show the dispersion relation and the profiles of the two modes supported by this

  9. A thermodynamic model of plasma generation by pulsed laser irradiation in vacuum

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    Tosto, S


    This paper introduces a thermodynamic model to determine composition, temperature and pressure of the plasma cloud induced by pulsed laser irradiation in the case where a relevant thermal sputtering mechanism is operating at the surface of a molten layer. The model concerns in particular pulse lengths of the order of several nanoseconds and completes the results of a previous paper concerning the physics of the evaporation and boiling driven thermal sputtering (Tosto S 2002 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 35); the recession rate and temperature at the molten surface are linked to the pulse fluence and plasma properties in the frame of a unique physical model. This paper shows that the plasma properties depend critically on the non-equilibrium character of the surface evaporation and boiling mechanisms. The extension of the model to the case of continuous laser irradiation is also discussed. Some examples of computer simulation aim to show the results available in the particular case of a metal target; the comparison ...

  10. Probing ultrafast dynamics of solid-density plasma generated by high-contrast intense laser pulses (United States)

    Jana, Kamalesh; Blackman, David R.; Shaikh, Moniruzzaman; Lad, Amit D.; Sarkar, Deep; Dey, Indranuj; Robinson, Alex P. L.; Pasley, John; Ravindra Kumar, G.


    We present ultrafast dynamics of solid-density plasma created by high-contrast (picosecond contrast ˜10-9), high-intensity (˜4 × 1018 W/cm2) laser pulses using time-resolved pump-probe Doppler spectrometry. Experiments show a rapid rise in blue-shift at early time delay (2-4.3 ps) followed by a rapid fall (4.3-8.3 ps) and then a slow rise in blue-shift at later time delays (>8.3 ps). Simulations show that the early-time observations, specifically the absence of any red-shifting of the reflected probe, can only be reproduced if the front surface is unperturbed by the laser pre-pulse at the moment that the high intensity pulse arrives. A flexible diagnostic which is capable of diagnosing the presence of low-levels of pre-plasma formation would be useful for potential applications in laser-produced proton and ion production, such as cancer therapy and security imaging.

  11. XUV generation from the interaction of pico- and nanosecond laser pulses with nanostructured targets (United States)

    Barte, Ellie Floyd; Lokasani, Ragava; Proska, Jan; Stolcova, Lucie; Maguire, Oisin; Kos, Domagoj; Sheridan, Paul; O'Reilly, Fergal; Sokell, Emma; McCormack, Tom; O'Sullivan, Gerry; Dunne, Padraig; Limpouch, Jiri


    Laser-produced plasmas are intense sources of XUV radiation that can be suitable for different applications such as extreme ultraviolet lithography, beyond extreme ultraviolet lithography and water window imaging. In particular, much work has focused on the use of tin plasmas for extreme ultraviolet lithography at 13.5 nm. We have investigated the spectral behavior of the laser produced plasmas formed on closely packed polystyrene microspheres and porous alumina targets covered by a thin tin layer in the spectral region from 2.5 to 16 nm. Nd:YAG lasers delivering pulses of 170 ps (Ekspla SL312P )and 7 ns (Continuum Surelite) duration were focused onto the nanostructured targets coated with tin. The intensity dependence of the recorded spectra was studied; the conversion efficiency (CE) of laser energy into the emission in the 13.5 nm spectral region was estimated. We have observed an increase in CE using high intensity 170 ps Nd:YAG laser pulses as compared with a 7 ns pulse.

  12. Imaging diagnostics of pulsed plasma discharges in saline generated with various sharp pin powered electrodes (United States)

    Asimakoulas, L.; Karim, M. L.; Dostal, L.; Krcma, F.; Graham, W. G.; Field, T. A.


    Plasmas formed by 1 ms pulses of between 180 and 300 V applied to sharp pin-like electrodes immersed in saline solution have been imaged with a Photron SA-X2 fast framing camera and an Andor iStar 510 ICCD camera. Stainless steel, Tungsten and Gold electrodes were investigated with tip diameters of 30 μm, 1 μm and fast framing results show that light emission is normally centred on a single small volume, which appears to move about, but remains close to the tip. In the case of Tungsten with higher voltages or longer pulses the tip of the needle can heat up to incandescent temperatures. At higher voltages shock wave fronts appear to be observed as the vapour layer collapses at the end of the voltage pulse. Backlighting and no lighting to observe bubble/vapour layer formation and emission due to plasma formation were employed. Sometimes at higher voltages a thicker vapour layer engulfs the tip and no plasma emission/current is observed.

  13. Self-seeding of a gain-switched integrated dual-laser source for the generation of highly wavelength-tunable picosecond optical pulses


    Anandarajah, Prince M.; Maguire, Paul J.; Clarke, Aisling M.; Barry, Liam P.


    The authors demonstrate the generation of nearly transform-limited optical pulses that are wavelength tunable over almost 50 nm. The wide tuning range is obtained by self-seeding a gain-switched source containing two Fabry-Perot lasers, and employing a widely tunable Bragg grating in the feedback loop. The generated pulses exhibit Side-mode suppression ratios of 50 dB above and across the full tuning range.

  14. Coherent Generation of Broadband Pulsed Light in the SWIR and Mwir Using AN all Polarization-Maintaining Fiber Frequency Comb Source (United States)

    Hoogland, H.; Engelbrecht, M.; McRaven, C.; Holzwarth, R.; Thai, A.; Sánchez, D.; Cousin, S. L.; Hemmer, M.; Baudisch, M.; Zawilski, K.; Schunemann, P. G.; Biegert, J.


    We report on an all polarization-maintaining, modelocked, fiber laser system which generates coherent broadband pulses centered at 2.03 μm with a spectral FWHM bandwidth of 60 nm and 360 mW. Using this frequency comb source, we generate phase-coherent, ultra-broadband pulses centered at 6.5 μm and spanning 5.5 μm to 8 μm with DFG in CdSiP_2.

  15. Deep brain stimulation: custom-made silicone-coated pulse-generator implantation after allergic reaction to generator compounds. (United States)

    Anthofer, Judith; Herbst, Andreas; Janzen, Annettte; Lange, Max; Brawanski, Alexander; Schlaier, Juergen


    Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease has become an established treatment option in recent years. The method and its application in clinical practice has proved to be safe and effective. Nevertheless, procedure-related and hardware-related complications occur. We present a rare case of a patient with an allergic reaction to the impulse generator. The patient suffered from delayed wound-healing deficits with several wound revisions and generator repositionings. After diagnosis of an allergic reaction to components of the generator, a custom-made silicon-coated model was implanted. Hereafter, no wound healing-deficit occurred throughout long-term follow-up. Allergic reaction to hardware components may lead to wound-healing deficits. In such cases, custom-made silicon-coated models may be an effective treatment option.

  16. Generation of quantum beams in large clusters irradiated by Super-Intense, high - contrast femtosecond laser pulses

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    Faenov, A.Ya.; Pikuz, T.A. [Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kyoto (Japan); Joint Institute for High Temperatures RAS, Moscow (Russian Federation); Fukuda, Y.; Nakamura, T.; Bulanov, S.V.; Hayashi, Y.; Kotaki, H.; Pirozhkov, A.S.; Kawachi, T.; Kando, M. [Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kyoto (Japan); Skobelev, I.Yu.; Fortov, V.E. [Joint Institute for High Temperatures RAS, Moscow (Russian Federation); Chen, L.M.; Zhang, L.; Yan, W.C.; Yuan, D.W.; Mao, J.Y.; Wang, Z.H.; Ma, J.L. [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Kato, Y. [The Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (Japan)


    A short review of our experimental studies on generation of photon and particle beams in submicron clusters irradiated by intense, high-contrast ({proportional_to} 10{sup 8}-10{sup 10}) femtosecond laser pulses is presented. It is shown that highlyefficient laser-cluster interaction allows creating bright sources of X-ray, high-energy electron and ion beams. The examples of applications of femtosecond-laser-produced cluster plasmas (FLPCP) for X-ray and ion beams radiography are presented. (copyright 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  17. Residual currents generated from vacuum by an electric field pulse in 2+1 dimensional QED models

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    Smolyansky S.A.


    Full Text Available In the framework of strong field QED, the generation of a residual alternating polarization current is demonstrated, which remains after switching off an external field pulse. This effect is stipulated by inertial properties of the physical vacuum. In the standard vacuum D = 2+1 QED, this current is rapidly damped fast but can be available, apparently, for observation in the graphene, where the Fermi velocity vF ≪ c plays an analogous role as the light velocity.

  18. Characteristics of infrared pulses generated by optical parametric oscillator from LiNbO sub 3 crystal

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    Park, S Y; Kim, D S; Rhee, B K; Park, S H


    The optical parametric oscillation (OPO) characteristics of LiNbO sub 3 , which is normally pumped by using the 1.064-mu m laser output from a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser, were investigated. A 5-cm-long LiNbO sub 3 crystal was cut at theta=47 .deg. , and the OPO cavity was formed by using two plain mirrors. The output coupler reflectivity in the 1.40 - 1.60 mu m range was 80.0%, and the back mirror had a reflectivity of 99.5% in the 1.45 - 1.55 mu m range. At a cavity length of 7 cm and a pump pulse energy of 156 mJ (1.7 times above threshold), the optical parametric oscillator generated nanosecond pulses (signal 1.6 mu m and idler 3.18 mu m) up to 16mJ. The change in the output energy was studied as the cavity length was varied from 7 cm to 16 cm at a fixed pump pulse energy of 145 mJ. We also measured the OPO output energy as a function of the reflectivity of the output coupler.

  19. A 12 kV, 1 kHz, Pulse Generator for Breakdown Studies of Samples for CLIC RF Accelerating Structures

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    Soares, R H; Kovermann, J; Calatroni, S; Wuensch, W


    Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) RF structures must be capable of sustaining high surface electric fields, in excess of 200 MV/m, with a breakdown (BD) rate below 3×10-7 breakdowns/pulse/m. Achieving such a low rate requires a detailed understanding of all the steps involved in the mechanism of breakdown. One of the fundamental studies is to investigate the statistical characteristics of the BD rate phenomenon at very low values to understand the origin of an observed dependency of the surface electric field raised to the power of 30. To acquire sufficient BD data, in a reasonable period of time, a high repetition rate pulse generator is required for an existing d.c. spark system at CERN. Following BD of the material sample the pulse generator must deliver a current pulse of several 10’s of Amperes for ~2 μs. A high repetition rate pulse generator has been designed, built and tested; this utilizes pulse forming line technology and employs MOSFET switches. This paper describes the design of the pulse generat...

  20. Direct generation of 2-ps blue pulses from gain-switched InGaN VCSEL assessed by up-conversion technique. (United States)

    Asahara, Akifumi; Chen, Shaoqiang; Ito, Takashi; Yoshita, Masahiro; Liu, Wenjie; Zhang, Baoping; Suemoto, Tohru; Akiyama, Hidefumi


    Ultra-short pulses in blue region generated from compact and low-cost semiconductor lasers have attracted much attention for a wide variety of applications. Nitride-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), having intrinsic high material gain and short cavities, favor the generation of ultra-short blue pulses via a simple gain-switching technique. In this study, we fabricated a single-mode InGaN VCSEL consisting of 10-period InGaN/GaN quantum wells (QWs). The output pulses were evaluated accurately with an up-conversion measurement system having time resolution of 0.12 ps. We demonstrated that ultra-short blue pulses, as short as 2.2 ps at 3.4 K and 4.0 ps at room temperature, were generated from the gain-switched InGaN VCSEL via impulsive optical pumping, without any post-processing. The gain-switched pulses we obtained should greatly promote the development of ultra-short blue pulse generation. In addition, this successful assessment demonstrates the up-conversion technique's usefulness for characterizing ultra-short blue pulses from semiconductor lasers.

  1. Experimental and numerical investigations of radiation characteristics of Russian portable/compact pulsed neutron generators: ING-031, ING-07, ING-06 and ING-10-20-120 (United States)

    Chernikova, D.; Romodanov, V. L.; Belevitin, A. G.; Afanas`ev, V. V.; Sakharov, V. K.; Bogolubov, E. P.; Ryzhkov, V. I.; Khasaev, T. O.; Sladkov, A. A.; Bitulev, A. A.


    The present paper discusses results of full-scale experimental and numerical investigations of influence of construction materials of portable pulsed neutron generators ING-031, ING-07, ING-06 and ING-10-20-120 (VNIIA, Russia) to their radiation characteristics formed during and after an operation (shutdown period). In particular, it is shown that an original monoenergetic isotropic angular distribution of neutrons emitted by TiT target changes into the significantly anisotropic angular distribution with a broad energy spectrum stretching to the thermal region. Along with the low-energetic neutron part, a significant amount of photons appears during the operation of generators. In the pulse mode of operation of neutron generator, a presence of the construction materials leads to the "tailing" of the original neutron pulse and the appearance of an accompanying photon pulse at ~ 3 ns after the instant neutron pulse. In addition to that, reactions of neutron capture and inelastic scattering lead to the creation of radioactive nuclides, such as 58Co, 62Cu, 64Cu and 18F, which form the so-called activation radiation. Thus, the selection of a portable neutron generator for a particular type of application has to be done considering radiation characteristics of the generator itself. This paper will be of interest to users of neutron generators, providing them with valuable information about limitations of a specific generator and with recommendations for improving the design and performance of the generator as a whole.

  2. Scaled-Up Nonequilibrium Air Plasmas Generated by DC and Pulsed Discharges (United States)


    decontamination or flue gas cleaning [7-9]). We suppose that during the initial phase of the spark pulse, the strong chemical effect can be maintained thanks to...streamer-to-spark transition discharge in air at atmospheric pressure is presented. The transient spark (TS) is applicable for flue gas cleaning or bio...the gas composition, flow rate, value of R and geometry of electrodes [22–24]. Glow discharge has already been applied e. g. for flue gas cleaning [22,25

  3. Cavity-less sub-picosecond pulse generation for the demultiplexing of a 640 Gbaud OTDM signal

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    Kong, Deming; Guan, Pengyu; Hu, Hao


    A 703 fs cavity-less pulse source based on pulse carving and pulse compression is demonstrated and utilized for demultiplexing a 640 Gbaud OTDM signal. Timing jitter is found to be the main limiting factor.......A 703 fs cavity-less pulse source based on pulse carving and pulse compression is demonstrated and utilized for demultiplexing a 640 Gbaud OTDM signal. Timing jitter is found to be the main limiting factor....

  4. Nanosecond pulsed power generator for a voltage amplitude up to 300 kV and a repetition rate up to 16 Hz for fine disintegration of quartz

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    Krastelev, E. G., E-mail:; Sedin, A. A.; Tugushev, V. I. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Joint Institute for High Temperatures (Russian Federation)


    A generator of high-power high-voltage nanosecond pulses is intended for electrical discharge disintegration of mineral quartz and other nonconducting minerals. It includes a 320 kV Marx pulsed voltage generator, a high-voltage glycerin-insulated coaxial peaking capacitor, and an output gas spark switch followed by a load, an electric discharge disintegration chamber. The main parameters of the generator are as follows: a voltage pulse amplitude of up to 300 kV, an output impedance of ≈10 Ω, a discharge current amplitude of up to 25 kA for a half-period of 80–90 ns, and a pulse repetition rate of up to 16 Hz.

  5. Optimal design of semiconductor opening switches for use in the inductive stage of high power pulse generators (United States)

    Engelko, A.; Bluhm, H.


    Semiconductor opening switches (SOS) are able to interrupt currents at density levels of up to 10 kA/cm2 in less than 10 ns, operate at repetition rates up to 1 kHz, and possess lifetimes of more than 1011 pulses. If stacked, SOS diodes can hold off voltage levels up to several 100 kV. They are therefore ideal for the design of compact high voltage pulse generators of the GW-class for industrial applications. The aim of this work was to improve our understanding of the opening process in a semiconductor diode of SOS-type with a doping profile of p+pnn+ structure, obtainable through diffusion from the surfaces. To simulate the physical processes inside this diode the code POSEOSS was developed. It contains a detailed physical model of charge carrier transport under the influence of density gradients and electric fields and considers all relevant generation and recombination processes. It possesses a large degree of flexibility and is easy to use, and thus allows to carry out parameter studies to determine the influence of different physical quantities, such as doping and impurity levels, on the performance of the device. When applying the code some interesting results concerning the plasma dynamics during the opening process in the switch have been found. In particular, using realistic values for the charge carrier mobility, it was found that the opening process starts first at the n-n+ boundary. Also it has been possible to derive the physical conditions for the occurrence of the SOS-effect. Based on the simulation results a simplified SOS equivalent circuit model has been developed. This model can be used in the circuit simulation program PSPICE. A pulse generator scheme based on inductive storage is proposed, in which power multiplication is achieved by unloading the inductors, previously charged in series, in parallel. This scheme can be considered as the inductive equivalent of a Marx-generator. PSPICE simulations of such a scheme based on semiconductor opening

  6. Laser ablation impulse generated by irradiating aluminum target with nanosecond laser pulses at normal and oblique incidence (United States)

    Wang, Bin


    Impulse generation by irradiating aluminum targets with repetitive laser pulses at normal and oblique incidence was investigated using impulse measurements with a torsion pendulum at various incidence angles under different laser beam fluence conditions. The fluence varied from 5.8-20.0 J/cm2 for normal incidence. For oblique incidence, momentum coupling is sensitive to the incident angle at fluences of 6.3 J/cm2 and 9.2 J/cm2 because of target surface reflectivity changes and plume shielding effects. At fluence of 19.3 J/cm2, the fluence on the target surface becomes dominant for impulse generation compared with the angle of incidence effect in a large angular range. Beam fluence optimization for momentum coupling at oblique incidence is discussed based on the impulse characteristics obtained.

  7. High power terahertz radiation generation by optical rectification of a shaped pulse laser in axially magnetized plasma (United States)

    Singh, Ram Kishor; Singh, Monika; Rajouria, Satish Kumar; Sharma, R. P.


    An analytical expression has been derived for terahertz (THz) emission by optical rectification of a laser pulse having a Gaussian as well as hyperbolic-secant shape in axially magnetised ripple density plasma. The interaction between short laser pulses of sub picoseconds duration and plasma leads to the radiation of a wave having frequency in THz regime. The non-uniform intensity profile, say supper-Gaussian, of laser beam exerts a quasi-static ponderomotive force to the electron. The electron acquired a nonlinear transverse drift velocity component. Hence, a strong transient current density having a frequency component in the THz regime produces due to coupling of this velocity component with ripple density plasma and derives a strong THz wave. The generated THz field amplitude is directly proportional to the amplitude of the density ripple and field amplitude of the laser beam. In this generation mechanism, the ripple wave number plays a critical role. The THz field amplitude is maximized when cyclotron frequency approaches to the THz frequency and higher value of profile index. For typical laser plasma parameter, the emitted normalised amplitude of THz field is on the order of 10-2.

  8. Field emission study from an array of hierarchical micro protrusions on stainless steel surface generated by femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation

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    Singh, A.K., E-mail: [Laser & Plasma Technology Division, BARC, Mumbai, 400085 (India); Suryawanshi, Sachin R.; More, M.A. [Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, 411007 (India); Basu, S. [Solid State Physics Division, BARC, Mumbai, 40085 (India); Sinha, Sucharita [Laser & Plasma Technology Division, BARC, Mumbai, 400085 (India)


    Highlights: • Array of self assembled micro-protrusions have been generated on stainless steel surfaces by femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation. • Density of the formed micro-protrusions is ∼5.6 × 105 protrusions/cm{sup 2}. • Laser treated surface is mainly composed of iron oxide and cementite phases. • Micro-structured sample has shown good field emission properties – low turn on field, high field enhancement factor and stable emission current. - Abstract: This paper reports our results on femtosecond (fs) pulsed laser induced surface micro/nano structuring of stainless steel 304 (SS 304) samples and their characterization in terms of surface morphology, formed material phases on laser irradiation and field emission studies. Our investigations reveal that nearly uniform and dense array of hierarchical micro-protrusions (density: ∼5.6 × 10{sup 5} protrusions/cm{sup 2}) is formed upon laser treatment. Typical tip diameters of the generated protrusions are in the range of 2–5 μm and these protrusions are covered with submicron sized features. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) analysis of the laser irradiated sample surface has shown formation mainly of iron oxides and cementite (Fe{sub 3}C) phases in the treated region. These laser micro-structured samples have shown good field emission properties such as low turn on field (∼4.1 V/μm), high macroscopic field enhancement factor (1830) and stable field emission current under ultra high vacuum conditions.

  9. Integration of a Pulse Generator on Chip Into a Compact Ultrawideband Antenna

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    Vorobyov, A.V.; Bagga, S.; Yarovoy, A.G.; Haddad, S.A.P.; Serdijn, W.A.; Long, J.R.; Irahhauten, Z.; Ligthart, L.P.

    For impulse radio ultrawideband communications an “antenna plus generator” system is co-designed and an on chip generator is integrated into the antenna. This approach does away with the need for intermediate transmission lines conventionally placed between an RF device/generator and an antenna and

  10. Continuous de novo generation of spatially segregated hepatitis C virus replication organelles revealed by pulse-chase imaging. (United States)

    Wang, Hongliang; Tai, Andrew W


    Like all positive-sense RNA viruses, hepatitis C virus (HCV) induces host membrane alterations for its replication. In chronically infected cells, it is not known whether these viral replication organelles are being continually resupplied by newly synthesized viral proteins in situ, or whether they are generated de novo. Here we aimed to study temporal events in replication organelles formation and maturation. Here we use pulse-chase labeling in combination with confocal microscopy, correlative light electron microscopy and biochemical methods to identify temporally distinct populations of replication organelles in living cells and study the formation, morphogenesis as well as compositional and functional changes of replication organelles over time. We found that HCV replication organelles are continuously generated de novo at spatially distinct sites from preformed ones. This process is accompanied by accumulated intracellular membrane alteration, increased cholesterol delivery, NS5A phosphorylation, and positive-strand RNA content, and by eventual association with HCV core protein around lipid droplets. Generation of spatially segregated foci requires viral NS5A and the host factors phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase and oxysterol-binding protein, while association of foci with lipid droplets requires cholesterol. Our results reveal that HCV replication organelles are not static structures, but instead are continuously generated and dynamically change in composition and possibly also in function. Hepatitis C virus replication membrane structures are continuously generated at spatially distinct sites. New replication organelles are different in composition, and possibly also in function, compared to old replication organelles. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  11. Wear Resistance of Steels with Surface Nanocrystalline Structure Generated by Mechanical-Pulse Treatment (United States)

    Nykyforchyn, Hryhoriy; Kyryliv, Volodymyr; Maksymiv, Olha


    The influence of the surface mechanical-pulse treatment based on high-speed friction with a rapid cooling by the technological environment on the wear resistance of medium- and high-carbon steels was considered. The treatment due to a severe plastic deformation enabled obtaining the nanocrystalline structure with a grain size of 14-40 nm. A high positive effect of this treatment was obtained not only because of metal nanocrystallization but also thanks to other factors, namely, structural-phase transformations, carbon saturation of the surface due to decomposition of the coolant and the friction coefficient decrease. Higher carbon content leads to better strengthening of the surface, and its microhardness can reach 12 GPa.

  12. Mathematical modeling of the GnRH pulse and surge generator

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    Clement, Frederique


    We propose a mathematical model allowing for the alternating pulse and surge pattern of GnRH (Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone) secretion. The model is based on the coupling between two systems running on different time scales. The faster system corresponds to the average activity of GnRH neurons, while the slower one corresponds to the average activity of regulatory neurons. The analysis of the slow/fast dynamics exhibited within and between both systems allows to explain the different patterns (slow oscillations, fast oscillations and periodical surge) of GnRH secretion. Specifications on the model parameter values are derived from physiological knowledge in terms of amplitude, frequency and plateau length of oscillations. The behavior of the model is finally illustrated by numerical simulations reproducing natural ovarian cycles and either direct or indirect actions of ovarian steroids on GnRH secretion.

  13. Mid-infrared mode-locked pulse generation with multilayer black phosphorus as saturable absorber. (United States)

    Qin, Zhipeng; Xie, Guoqiang; Zhao, Chujun; Wen, Shuangchun; Yuan, Peng; Qian, Liejia


    A mid-infrared saturable absorber mirror is successfully fabricated by transferring the mechanically exfoliated black phosphorus onto the gold-coated mirror. With the as-prepared black phosphorus saturable absorber mirror, a continuous-wave passively mode-locked Er:ZBLAN fiber laser is demonstrated at the wavelength of 2.8 μm, which delivers a maximum average output power of 613 mW, a repetition rate of 24 MHz, and a pulse duration of 42 ps. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a black phosphorus mode-locked laser at 2.8 μm wavelength has been demonstrated. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of black phosphorus flake as a new two-dimensional material for application in mid-infrared ultrafast photonics.

  14. An exploding foil shockwave technique for magnetic flux compression and high voltage pulse generation

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    Goh, S E


    This thesis describes a novel electromagnetic shockwave technique for use in compressing magnetic flux and to serve as the basis for a new approach to producing fast-rising voltage pulses with amplitudes of several hundred kV. The shockwave is produced by an exploding foil driven electric gun that accelerates a Mylar flyer to impact with a sample of aluminium powder. Both Japanese and Russian researchers have previously published experimental results for shockwave magnetic flux compression using an explosive driver. The present research considers replacing the explosive energy of this driver by the electrostatic energy stored in a capacitor bank, thereby enabling experiments to be performed in a laboratory environment. Differences in performance that arise from the use of explosive and electrical driver are examined. A conventional electric gun system in planar geometry is developed to study the insulator-to-metallic transition in shock-compressed aluminium powder. This provides data on the conducting shock f...

  15. Numerical Investigation of Propagation and Decay of Fast Ionization Waves Generated by Nanosecond Pulsed Discharge (United States)

    Zhu, Yifei; Starikovskaya, Svetlana; Babaeva, Natalie; Kushner, Mark; Electrical Engineering; Computer Science Dept Collaboration; InstituteHigh Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences Collaboration; Cold Plasma Team Team


    Fast ionization waves (FIW) are an effective tool for studying plasma kinetics in nanosecond pulsed discharges. A numerical investigation of FIWs in air having high energy deposition was conducted in capillary tubes having different diameters using a two dimensional model. Continuity equations for charged and neutral species, the electron energy equation and Poisson's equation were implicitly integrated together with a propagator model for photoionization which includes both ionizing and non-ionizing absorption. The species and reactions included in the study were selected on the basis of a sensitivity analysis. The main goals of this work are to quantify how system parameters (e.g., pressure, voltage and specific energy deposition) affect the properties of the plasma in the early afterglow (tens to hundreds of nanoseconds) following the FIW.

  16. Ultra-broadband dissipative soliton and noise-like pulse generation from a normal dispersion mode-locked Tm-doped all-fiber laser. (United States)

    Sobon, Grzegorz; Sotor, Jaroslaw; Martynkien, Tadeusz; Abramski, Krzysztof M


    We report generation of ultra-broadband dissipative solitons and noise-like pulses from a simple, fully fiberized mode-locked Tm-doped fiber laser. The oscillator operates in the normal net dispersion regime and is mode-locked via nonlinear polarization evolution. Depending on the cavity dispersion, the laser was capable of generating 60 nm or 100 nm broad dissipative solitons. These are the broadest spectra generated from a normal dispersion mode-locked Tm-doped fiber laser so far. The same oscillator might also operate in the noise-like pulse regime with extremely broad emission spectra (over 300 nm), which also significantly outperforms the previous reports.

  17. High power semiconductor switches in the 12 kV, 50 kA pulse generator of the SPS beam dump kicker system

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    Bonthond, J; Faure, P; Vossenberg, Eugène B


    Horizontal deflection of the beam in the dump kicker system of the CERN SPS accelerator is obtained with a series of fast pulsed magnets. The high current pulses of 50 kA per magnet are generated with capacitor discharge type generators which, combined with a resistive free-wheel diode circuit, deliver a critically damped half-sine current with a rise-time of 25 ms. Each generator consists of two 25 kA units, connected in parallel to a magnet via a low inductance transmission line.

  18. Fiber transmission and generation of ultrawideband pulses by direct current modulation of semi-conductor lasers and chirp-to-intensity conversion

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    Company Torres, Victor; Prince, Kamau; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso


    Optical pulses generated by current modulation of semiconductor lasers are strongly frequency chirped. This effect has been considered pernicious for optical communications. We take advantage of this effect for the generation of ultrawideband microwave signals by using an optical filter to achieve...

  19. Spectral and temporal breathing self-similar evolution in a fiber amplifier for low-noise transform-limited pulse generation. (United States)

    Wang, Sijia; Chen, Wei; Qin, Peng; Song, Youjian; Hu, Minglie; Liu, Bowen


    We demonstrate a simple scheme for high-power low-noise high-contrast ultrashort pulse generation. It is enabled by the spectral and temporal breathing self-similar pulse evolution with an optimized negative pre-chirp. Experiments and simulations indicate the enhanced tolerances of this scheme to the gain-shaping distortions and pump fluctuations. It can lead to ∼16% increase in the compressed pulse quality with more than a two times wider spectrum and ∼31% reduction in the root-mean-square (rms) relative intensity noise (RIN). Transform-limited pulses as short as 36 fs are generated with the rms RIN of 0.029% (1 kHz-5 MHz) from a 2 m Yb-fiber amplifier.

  20. An university-scale pulsed-power system using a bipolar Marx generator (United States)

    Chang, Po-Yu; Yang, Sheng-Hua; Huang, Mei-Feng; Isaps, Natl Cheng Kung Univ Team


    A bipolar Marx generator is being built for x-ray sources or laboratory astrophysics and space research for university-scale laboratory. The system consists of ten stages. In each stage, two 1 μF capacitors connected in series are charged to +/- 30 kV storing 9 kJ of total energy. It delivers a current of 200 kA to the load with a 200 ns rise time during the discharge. It will be used for following three purposes: (1) gas-puff z pinches generating soft x-ray for bio-medical research in the future; (2) generating plasma jets to study interactions between plasma flows and unmagnetized/magnetized obstacles analogous to the interactions between solar winds and planetary magnetic fields or unmagnetized planets; and (3) studying the pinch in a dense plasma focus device. The results of current measurements and circuit characteristics are shown.

  1. Optimal pulse width modulation for sinusoidal fringe generation with projector defocusing. (United States)

    Wang, Yajun; Zhang, Song


    Recently, a study showed that generating sinusoidal fringe patterns by properly defocusing binary ones can significantly simplify three-dimensional shape measurement system development and drastically improve its speed. However, when the fringe stripes are very wide, it is very difficult for this technique to achieve high-quality measurement. This Letter presents a method to improve this technique by selectively eliminating high-frequency harmonics induced by a squared binary pattern. As a result, better sinusoidal fringe patterns can be generated with a small degree of defocusing even for wide fringe stripes. Simulation and experiments will be presented to verify the performance of this proposed technique.

  2. High-efficiency generation of pulsed Lyman-α radiation by resonant laser wave mixing in low pressure Kr-Ar mixture. (United States)

    Saito, Norihito; Oishi, Yu; Miyazaki, Koji; Okamura, Kotaro; Nakamura, Jumpei; Louchev, Oleg A; Iwasaki, Masahiko; Wada, Satoshi


    We report an experimental generation of ns pulsed 121.568 nm Lyman-α radiation by the resonant nonlinear four-wave mixing of 212.556 nm and 845.015 nm radiation pulses providing a high conversion efficiency 1.7x10-3 with the output pulse energy 3.6 μJ achieved using a low pressure Kr-Ar mixture. Theoretical analysis shows that this efficiency is achieved due to the advantage of using (i) the high input laser intensities in combination with (ii) the low gas pressure allowing us to avoid the onset of full-scale discharge in the laser focus. In particular, under our experimental conditions the main mechanism of photoionization caused by the resonant 2-photon 212.556 nm radiation excitation of Kr atoms followed by the 1-photon ionization leads to ≈17% loss of Kr atoms and efficiency loss only by the end of the pulse. The energy of free electrons, generated by 212.556 nm radiation via (2 + 1)-photon ionization and accelerated mainly by 845.015 nm radiation, remains during the pulse below the level sufficient for the onset of full-scale discharge by the electron avalanche. Our analysis also suggests that ≈30-fold increase of 845.015 nm pulse energy can allow one to scale up the L-α radiation pulse energy towards the level of ≈100 μJ.

  3. Study of photoionization of supersonic gas jets at the pulsed power generator (United States)

    Swanson, Kyle; Ivanov, Vladimir; Mancini, Roberto; Mayes, Daniel


    Supersonic, nitrogen, neon and argon, gas jets photoionized by a broadband x-ray flux were studied at the University of Nevada, Reno. The x-ray flux was produced by the collapse of a wire-array z-pinch implosion on the 1MA Zebra pulsed power accelerator, with photons mostly under 1keV and photon-energy integrated energy between 12kJ -16kJ. A Mach-Zehnder interferometer at 266 nm was set up to extract the atom number density profile of the jet before the Zebra shot. Air-wedge interferometers, at 266 and 532 nm, were used to determine the electron number density of the plasma during the Zebra shot. The ratio of electron to atom number densities provide the average ionization state of the plasma. A program has been developed to automate the extraction of phase shift maps from both types of interferometers. Preliminary results from the experiment are promising and show that a photoionized plasma has been created in the gas jet, thus demonstrating a new experimental platform to study photoionized plasmas in the laboratory. This work was sponsored by DOE Office of Science Grant DE-SC0014451.

  4. Generating femtosecond optical pulses tunable from 2 to 3  μm with a silica-based all-fiber laser system. (United States)

    Anashkina, E A; Andrianov, A V; Yu Koptev, M; Muravyev, S V; Kim, A V


    Femtosecond pulses with broad tunability in the range of 2-3 μm are generated in a germanate-glass core silica-glass cladding fiber with a driving pulse at 2 μm produced by an all-fiber laser system consisting of an Er:fiber source at 1.6 μm, a Raman fiber shifter, and a Tm:fiber amplifier. We demonstrate optical pulses with a duration of the order of 100 fs that are the shortest ones reported in the 2.5-3 μm range obtained by fiber laser systems.

  5. Generation of a Periodic Series of High-Power Ultra-Short Pulses in a Gyro-TWT with a Bleachable Cyclotron Absorber in the Feedback Circuit (United States)

    Vilkov, M. N.; Ginzburg, N. S.; Denisov, G. G.; Zotova, I. V.; Sergeev, A. S.


    We demonstrate the possibility of forming a periodic series of ultra-short pulses, which has a peak power exceeding significantly the radiation power in stationary regimes, in a gyroresonance traveling-wave tube (gyro-TWT) with a bleachable cyclotron absorber in the feedback circuit. The mechanism of pulsed generation is similar to the method of passive mode locking, which is used widely in laser physics.

  6. A symmetric supercapacitor/biofuel cell hybrid device based on enzyme-modified nanoporous gold: An autonomous pulse generator. (United States)

    Xiao, Xinxin; Conghaile, Peter Ó; Leech, Dónal; Ludwig, Roland; Magner, Edmond


    The integration of supercapacitors with enzymatic biofuel cells (BFCs) can be used to prepare hybrid devices in order to harvest significantly higher power output. In this study, a supercapacitor/biofuel cell hybrid device was prepared by the immobilisation of redox enzymes with electrodeposited poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and the redox polymer [Os(2,2'-bipyridine)2(polyvinylimidazole)10Cl]+/2+(Os(bpy)2PVI) on dealloyed nanoporous gold. The thickness of the deposition layer can be easily controlled by tuning the deposition conditions. Once charged by the internal BFC, the device can be discharged as a supercapacitor at a current density of 2mAcm-2 providing a maximum power density of 608.8μWcm-2, an increase of a factor of 468 when compared to the power output from the BFC itself. The hybrid device exhibited good operational stability for 50 charge/discharge cycles and ca. 7h at a discharge current density of 0.2mAcm-2. The device could be used as a pulse generator, mimicking a cardiac pacemaker delivering pulses of 10μA for 0.5ms at a frequency of 0.2Hz. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Striation Formation in Cylindrical Liners Made of Various Materials Driven by a 1 MA Pulsed Power Generator (United States)

    Atoyan, Levon; Byvank, Tom; Engelbrecht, Joseph; Greenly, John; Pikuz, Sergei; Potter, William; Shelkovenko, Tania; Kusse, Bruce; Hammer, David


    Peterson et al. found on the 20 MA Z machine that, without any applied external axial magnetic field, horizontal striations appear in radiographic images of a metal liner [Phys. Plasmas 19, 092701, 2012], a result that has been reproduced on other pulsed power machines since. In this work we present experimental results of horizontal striations on the 1 MA, 100-200 ns COBRA pulsed power generator [T. A. Shelkovenko et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 10F521, 2006]. The pattern is observed in our experiments using extreme ultraviolet imaging, laser imaging, and X-ray backlighting. Using this combination of diagnostics, we were able to view simultaneously the pattern near the liner surface as well as in the higher density portion of the liner, displaying features with different wavelengths. Furthermore, materials such as Al, Cu, and Ti will be used for the liner to determine if the striation formation is affected by the nature of the material. This research is supported by the NNSA Stewardship Sciences Academic Programs under Department of Energy Cooperative Agreement DE-NA0001836 and DOE account DE-NA0002952.

  8. High energy micro electron beam generation using chirped laser pulse in the presence of an axial magnetic field (United States)

    Akou, H.; Hamedi, M.


    In this paper, the generation of high-quality and high-energy micro electron beam in vacuum by a chirped Gaussian laser pulse in the presence of an axial magnetic field is numerically investigated. The features of energy and angular spectra, emittances, and position distribution of electron beam are compared in two cases, i.e., in the presence and absence of an external magnetic field. The electron beam is accelerated with higher energy and qualified in spatial distribution in the presence of the magnetic field. The presence of an axial magnetic field improves electron beam spatial quality as well as its gained energy through keeping the electron motion parallel to the direction of propagation for longer distances. It has been found that a 64 μm electron bunch with about MeV initial energy becomes a 20 μm electron beam with high energy of the order of GeV, after interacting with a laser pulse in the presence of an external magnetic field.

  9. High energy micro electron beam generation using chirped laser pulse in the presence of an axial magnetic field

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    Akou, H., E-mail:; Hamedi, M. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Basic Science, Babol University of Technology, Babol 47148-71167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    In this paper, the generation of high-quality and high-energy micro electron beam in vacuum by a chirped Gaussian laser pulse in the presence of an axial magnetic field is numerically investigated. The features of energy and angular spectra, emittances, and position distribution of electron beam are compared in two cases, i.e., in the presence and absence of an external magnetic field. The electron beam is accelerated with higher energy and qualified in spatial distribution in the presence of the magnetic field. The presence of an axial magnetic field improves electron beam spatial quality as well as its gained energy through keeping the electron motion parallel to the direction of propagation for longer distances. It has been found that a 64 μm electron bunch with about MeV initial energy becomes a 20 μm electron beam with high energy of the order of GeV, after interacting with a laser pulse in the presence of an external magnetic field.

  10. New generation pulse oximetry in the assessment of peripheral perfusion during general anaesthesia - a comparison between propofol and desflurane. (United States)

    Kowalczyk, Michał; Fijałkowska, Anna; Nestorowicz, Andrzej


    A pulse oximeter is a standard device for perioperative monitoring. It is well known that the early detection of tissue hypoxia is of great importance. It has been made easier due to a new generation pulse oximetry device from Masimo. This enables measurements of the peripheral perfusion index (PI) in real time. It has been found that volatile anaesthetics such as sevoflurane and desflurane increase the perfusion index. As we know, no data is available about perfusion index during propofol/remifentanil total intravenous anaesthesia. ASA I and II class women scheduled for elective gynaecological surgery were eligible for the study. Patients were divided into two groups: group P receiving propofol/remifentanil intravenous anaesthesia and group D receiving desflurane/fentanyl general anaesthesia. PI was noted before anaesthesia, after remifentanil/fentanyl injection, after endotracheal intubation, at the beginning of surgery, during the procedure at ten minute intervals, at the end of the procedure, after awakening, after extubation and before discharge to the ward. Eighty-three patients were enrolled to the study. In both groups, PI increased significantly from the start to the end of surgery. There was a significant correlation between PI and end-tidal desflurane concentration (r = 0.807; P = 0.001). No correlation was found between propofol or remifentanil concentrations and PI. Both intravenous propofol/remifentanil and desflurane/fentanyl general anaesthesia increase peripheral perfusion. An increase in end-tidal desflurane concentration raises peripheral perfusion.

  11. Contrast generation in the nuclear-spin tomography by pulsed ultrasound; Kontrasterzeugung in der Kernspintomographie durch gepulsten Ultraschall

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    Oehms, Ole Benjamin


    In the framework of this thesis a combined method of ultrasound and nuclear-spin tomography is presented. Via ultrasound pulses by the sound-radiation force in liquids and tissue phantoms motions are generated, which depend on ther viscoelastic properties. This motions are made visible by a motion-sensitive tomograph sequence in the phase image of the tomograph in form of a phase change. The first measurements on simple phantoms and liquids are presented. [German] Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit wird eine kombinierte Methode aus Ultraschall und Kernspintomographie vorgestellt. Ueber Ultraschallpulse werden durch die Schallstrahlungskraft in Fluessigkeiten und Gewebephantomen Bewegungen erzeugt, die von den viskoelastischen Eigenschaften abhaengen. Diese Bewegungen werden mit einer bewegungssensitiven Tomographensequenz im Phasenbild des Tomographen in Form einer Phasenaenderung sichtbar gemacht. Die ersten Messungen an einfachen Phantomen und Fluessigkeiten werden praesentiert. (orig.)

  12. High-efficiency ultrashort pulse generation in a high-gain FEL oscillator near the perfect synchronism

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    Hajima, R; Nagai, R; Minehara, E J


    It has been verified experimentally in JAERI-FEL that a high-gain FEL oscillator has the maximum extraction efficiency at the perfect synchronism of optical-cavity length. The simultaneous measurement of FEL efficiency and absolute cavity length has clearly shown that a sharp peak of detuning curve at the perfect synchronism appears in high-gain and low-loss regime and the FEL extraction efficiency exceeds the scaling law of short-bunch FEL oscillators. A numerical analysis indicates that lasing at the perfect synchronism is quasi-stationary superradiance with random fluctuations, which is analogous to a SASE FEL. Second-order autocorrelation measurements show that FEL pulses shorter than four optical cycles are generated successively for a number of round trips at the perfect synchronism, which is consistent with numerical results.

  13. Extension of the pulsed power supply network of ASDEX Upgrade by a set of compact modular generators

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    Kaesemann, C.-P., E-mail: [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik (IPP), EURATOM Association, Boltzmannstrasse 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Huart, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik (IPP), EURATOM Association, Boltzmannstrasse 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Lieshout, L. von [Imtech Vonk BV, Modem 30, NL-7741 MJ Coevorden (Netherlands); Habel, D. [Piller Germany GmbH and Co. KG, Abgunst 24, D-37520 Osterode (Harz) (Germany); Stobbe, F. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik (IPP), EURATOM Association, Boltzmannstrasse 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany)


    Some years ago, ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) examined its future power supply needs. The experimental program could make use of an extension of the IPP pulsed energy storage, both to allow new scenarios at higher plasma current to be investigated, as well as to allow longer plasma flat-top time. Studies performed in 2001 and 2002 by IPP and external collaborators showed that an attractive solution for this extension is a parallel connection of commercially available compact flywheel generators. Especially the main challenges of this system will be explained in the paper. Further on, the paper will present the parallel and stand-alone mode of operation, analyse the results of measurements obtained during commissioning, compare them to the calculated design values and report on the performance achieved during AUG plasma experiments and Additional Heating operation.

  14. Cell death induced on cell cultures and nude mouse skin by non-thermal, nanosecond-pulsed generated plasma.

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    Arnaud Duval

    Full Text Available Non-thermal plasmas are gaseous mixtures of molecules, radicals, and excited species with a small proportion of ions and energetic electrons. Non-thermal plasmas can be generated with any high electro-magnetic field. We studied here the pathological effects, and in particular cell death, induced by nanosecond-pulsed high voltage generated plasmas homogeneously applied on cell cultures and nude mouse skin. In vitro, Jurkat cells and HMEC exhibited apoptosis and necrosis, in dose-dependent manner. In vivo, on nude mouse skin, cell death occurred for doses above 113 J/cm(2 for the epidermis, 281 J/cm(2 for the dermis, and 394 J/cm(2 for the hypodermis. Using electron microscopy, we characterized apoptosis for low doses and necrosis for high doses. We demonstrated that these effects were not related to thermal, photonic or pH variations, and were due to the production of free radicals. The ability of cold plasmas to generate apoptosis on cells in suspension and, without any sensitizer, on precise skin areas, opens new fields of application in dermatology for extracorporeal blood cell treatment and the eradication of superficial skin lesions.

  15. Pengaruh Penambahan PWM (Pulse Width Modulation Pada Generator HHO Tipe Dry Cell

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    Fungky Dyan Pertiwi


    Full Text Available Generator HHO memanfaatkan proses elektrolisis air agar mendapatkan gas H2. Namun, pada praktiknya pemakaian arus dari aki yang besar dan temperatur tinggi membuat bejana generator menjadi cepat rusak, sehingga dibutuhkan tambahan rangkaian elektronika PWM pada pengujian generator HHO guna mengatasi permasalahan tersebut. Penelitian menggunakan elektroda plat berjumlah 9 berdimensi 120mm 120mm, tebal 1mm dan dibatasi oleh o-ring dengan diameter 126mm, tebal 3mm. Pengujian dilakukan secara eksperimen dengan 2 kelompok yaitu kelompok control yang mana pengujian tanpa menggunakan PWM serta kelompok uji dimana pengujian menggunakan PWM dengan variasi duty cycle 30%, 50% dan 70%. Pengujian dilakukan hingga temperatur elektrolit 93oC. Hasil uji didapatkan bahwa arus, laju produksi dan efisiensi terbesar didapatkan pada pengujian tanpa PWM yang mencapai 60,6A, 6,033 10-6kg/s dan 25,69%. Namun, pada pengambilan data kedua efisiensi turun menjadi 19,74%. Penambahan PWM pada pengujian berpengaruh pada arus dan temperatur yang stabil meskipun laju produksi dan efisiensi lebih kecil daripada pengujian tanpa PWM. Pengujian dengan PWM pada duty cycle 70% menghasilkan laju produksi dan efisiensi terbesar yang mencapai 1,843 10-6 kg/s dan 15,19%.

  16. Ultrabroadband supercontinuum and third-harmonic generation in bulk solids with two optical-cycle carrier-envelope phase-stable pulses at 2 μm. (United States)

    Darginavičius, Julius; Majus, Donatas; Jukna, Vytautas; Garejev, Nail; Valiulis, Gintaras; Couairon, Arnaud; Dubietis, Audrius


    We report on the generation of ultrabroadband supercontinuum (SC) by filamentation of two optical-cycle, carrier-envelope phase-stable pulses at 2 μm in fused silica, sapphire, CaF₂ and YAG. The SC spectra extend from 450 nm to more than 2500 nm, and their particular shapes depend on dispersive properties of the materials. Prior to spectral super-broadening, we observe third-harmonic generation, which occurs in the condition of large phase and group velocity mismatch and consists of free and driven components. A double-peaked third-harmonic structure coexists with the SC pulse as demonstrated by the numerical simulations and verified experimentally. The SC pulses have stable carrier envelope phase with short-term rms fluctuations of ∼ 300 mrad, as simultaneously measured in YAG crystal by f-2f and f-3f interferometry, where the latter makes use of intrinsic third-harmonic generation.

  17. High-power, mid-infrared, picosecond pulses generated by compression of a CO2 laser beat-wave in GaAs

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    Pigeon, J J; Joshi, C


    We report on the generation of a train of ~ 2 ps, 10 um laser pulses via multiple four-wave mixing and compression of an infrared laser beat-wave propagating in the negative group velocity dispersion region of bulk GaAs and a combination of GaAs and NaCl. The use of a 200 ps, 106 GHz beat-wave, produced by combining laser pulses amplified on the 10P(20) and 10P(16) transition of a CO2 laser, provides a novel method for generating high-power, picosecond, mid-IR laser pulses at a high repetition rate. By using 165 and 882 GHz beat-waves we show that cascaded phase-mismatched difference frequency generation plays a significant role in the four-wave mixing process in GaAs.

  18. Octave-spanning infrared supercontinuum generation in robust chalcogenide nanotapers using picosecond pulses. (United States)

    Shabahang, Soroush; Marquez, Michael P; Tao, Guangming; Piracha, Mohammad U; Nguyen, Dat; Delfyett, Peter J; Abouraddy, Ayman F


    We report on infrared supercontinuum generation extending over more than one octave of bandwidth, from 850 nm to 2.35 μm, produced in a single spatial mode from a robust, compact, composite chalcogenide glass nanotaper. A picosecond laser at 1.55 μm pumps a high-index-contrast, all-solid nanotaper that strongly confines the field to a 480 nm diameter core, while a thermally compatible built-in polymer jacket lends the nanotaper mechanical stability.

  19. Phase distortions of attosecond pulses produced by resonance-enhanced high harmonic generation (United States)

    Haessler, S.; Strelkov, V.; Elouga Bom, L. B.; Khokhlova, M.; Gobert, O.; Hergott, J.-F.; Lepetit, F.; Perdrix, M.; Ozaki, T.; Salières, P.


    Resonant enhancement of high harmonic generation can be obtained in plasmas containing ions with strong radiative transitions resonant with harmonic orders. The mechanism for this enhancement is still debated. We perform the first temporal characterization of the attosecond emission from a tin plasma under near-resonant conditions for two different resonance detunings. We show that the resonance considerably changes the relative phase of neighboring harmonics. For very small detunings, their phase locking may even be lost, evidencing strong phase distortions in the emission process and a modified attosecond structure. These features are well reproduced by our simulations, allowing their interpretation in terms of the phase of the recombination dipole moment.

  20. Optical generation of polarity- and shape-switchable ultrawideband pulses using a chirped intensity modulator and a first-order asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer. (United States)

    Pan, Shilong; Yao, Jianping


    We propose and demonstrate a simple method to generate ultrawideband (UWB) pulses in the optical domain using a chirped intensity modulator and an asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer (AMZI). Polarity- and shape-switchable UWB Gaussian monocycle, doublet, and triplet pulses with fractional bandwidths of 158%, 134%, and 100% and center frequencies of 6.52, 9.78, and 10.1 GHz are experimentally generated by controlling the dc bias of the intensity modulator and adjusting the polarization controller in the AMZI.

  1. Efficient generation of high beam-quality attosecond pulse with polarization-gating Bessel-Gauss beam from highly-ionized media. (United States)

    Li, Yang; Zhang, Qingbin; Hong, Weiyi; Wang, Shaoyi; Wang, Zhe; Lu, Peixiang


    Single attosecond pulse generation with polarization gating Bessel-Gauss beam in relatively strongly-ionized media is investigated. The results show that Bessel-Gauss beam has the ability to suppress the spatial plasma dispersion effects caused by high density of free electrons, thus the laser field can maintain its spatial profile through highly-ionized medium. This indicates the use of Bessel-Gauss beam has advantages over Gaussian beam in high harmonic generation under high ionization conditions. In our scheme, significant improvement of spatiotemporal properties of harmonics is achieved and an isolated attosecond pulse with high beam quality is filtered out using polarization gating.

  2. Nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs) low cost generator design using power MOSFET and Cockcroft-Walton multiplier circuit as high voltage DC source (United States)

    Sulaeman, M. Y.; Widita, R.


    Purpose: Non-ionizing radiation therapy for cancer using pulsed electric field with high intensity field has become an interesting field new research topic. A new method using nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs) offers a novel means to treat cancer. Not like the conventional electroporation, nsPEFs able to create nanopores in all membranes of the cell, including membrane in cell organelles, like mitochondria and nucleus. NsPEFs will promote cell death in several cell types, including cancer cell by apoptosis mechanism. NsPEFs will use pulse with intensity of electric field higher than conventional electroporation, between 20-100 kV/cm and with shorter duration of pulse than conventional electroporation. NsPEFs requires a generator to produce high voltage pulse and to achieve high intensity electric field with proper pulse width. However, manufacturing cost for creating generator that generates a high voltage with short duration for nsPEFs purposes is highly expensive. Hence, the aim of this research is to obtain the low cost generator design that is able to produce a high voltage pulse with nanosecond width and will be used for nsPEFs purposes. Method: Cockcroft-Walton multiplier circuit will boost the input of 220 volt AC into high voltage DC around 1500 volt and it will be combined by a series of power MOSFET as a fast switch to obtain a high voltage with nanosecond pulse width. The motivation using Cockcroft-Walton multiplier is to acquire a low-cost high voltage DC generator; it will use capacitors and diodes arranged like a step. Power MOSFET connected in series is used as voltage divider to share the high voltage in order not to damage them. Results: This design is expected to acquire a low-cost generator that can achieve the high voltage pulse in amount of -1.5 kV with falltime 3 ns and risetime 15 ns into a 50Ω load that will be used for nsPEFs purposes. Further detailed on the circuit design will be explained at presentation.

  3. Generation of soliton and bound soliton pulses in mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser using graphene film as saturable absorber (United States)

    Haris, H.; Harun, S. W.; Anyi, C. L.; Muhammad, A. R.; Ahmad, F.; Tan, S. J.; Nor, R. M.; Zulkepely, N. R.; Ali, N. M.; Arof, H.


    We report an observation of soliton and bound-state soliton in passive mode-locked fibre laser employing graphene film as a passive saturable absorber (SA). The SA was fabricated from the graphene flakes, which were obtained from electrochemical exfoliation process. The graphene flakes was mixed with polyethylene oxide solution to form a polymer composite, which was then dried at room temperature to produce a film. The film was then integrated in a laser cavity by attaching it to the end of a fibre ferrule with the aid of index matching gel. The fibre laser generated soliton pulses with a 20.7 MHz repetition rate, 0.88 ps pulse width, 0.0158 mW average output power, 0.175 pJ pulse energy and 18.72 W peak power at the wavelength of 1564 nm. A bound soliton with pulse duration of ~1.04 ps was also obtained at the pump power of 110.85 mW by carefully adjusting the polarization of the oscillating laser. The formation of bound soliton is due to the direct pulse to pulse interaction. The results show that the proposed graphene-based SA offers a simple and cost efficient approach of generating soliton and bound soliton in mode-locked EDFL set-up.

  4. Effect of polarization on the structure of electromagnetic field and spatiotemporal distribution of e + e - pairs generated by colliding laser pulses (United States)

    Banerjee, C.; Singh, M. P.


    We have studied the production of electron-positron pairs due to polarization of vacuum in the presence of the strong electromagnetic field of two counterpropagating laser pulses. The structure of the electromagnetic field with the circular polarization has been determined using the 3D model of focused laser pulses, which was proposed by Narozhny and Fofanov. Analytic calculations have shown that the electric and magnetic fields are almost parallel to each other in the focal region when the laser pulses are completely transverse in the electric ( E-wave) or magnetic ( H-wave) field. On the other hand, the electric and magnetic fields are almost orthogonal when laser pulses consist of a mixture of E- and H-waves of the same amplitude. It has been found that although the latter configuration of colliding laser pulses has a much higher pair production threshold, it can generate much shorter electron-positron pulses as compared to the former configuration. The dependence of the production efficiency of pairs and their spatiotemporal distribution on the polarization of laser pulses has been analyzed using the structure of the electromagnetic field in the focal plane.

  5. Generation of longitudinally polarized terahertz pulses with field amplitudes exceeding 2 kV/cm

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    Cliffe, M. J., E-mail:; Rodak, A.; Graham, D. M. [School of Physics and Astronomy and the Photon Science Institute, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); The Cockcroft Institute, Sci-Tech Daresbury, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4AD (United Kingdom); Jamison, S. P. [The Cockcroft Institute, Sci-Tech Daresbury, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4AD (United Kingdom); Accelerator Science and Technology Centre, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Darebsury Laboratory, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4AD (United Kingdom)


    We demonstrate the generation of near-single cycle longitudinally polarized terahertz radiation using a large-area radially biased photoconductive antenna with a longitudinal field amplitude in excess of 2 kV/cm. The 76 mm diameter antenna was photo-excited by a 0.5 mJ amplified near-infrared femtosecond laser system and biased with a voltage of up to 100 kV applied over concentric electrodes. Amplitudes for both the transverse and longitudinal field components of the source were measured using a calibrated electro-optic detection scheme. By tightly focusing the radiation emitted from the photoconductive antenna, we obtained a maximum longitudinal field amplitude of 2.22 kV/cm with an applied bias field of 38.5 kV/cm.

  6. Generation of longitudinally polarized terahertz pulses with field amplitudes exceeding 2 kV/cm (United States)

    Cliffe, M. J.; Rodak, A.; Graham, D. M.; Jamison, S. P.


    We demonstrate the generation of near-single cycle longitudinally polarized terahertz radiation using a large-area radially biased photoconductive antenna with a longitudinal field amplitude in excess of 2 kV/cm. The 76 mm diameter antenna was photo-excited by a 0.5 mJ amplified near-infrared femtosecond laser system and biased with a voltage of up to 100 kV applied over concentric electrodes. Amplitudes for both the transverse and longitudinal field components of the source were measured using a calibrated electro-optic detection scheme. By tightly focusing the radiation emitted from the photoconductive antenna, we obtained a maximum longitudinal field amplitude of 2.22 kV/cm with an applied bias field of 38.5 kV/cm.

  7. The Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PUFF) Concept for Deep Space Exploration and Terrestrial Power Generation (United States)

    Adams, Robert; Cassibry, Jason; Schillo, Kevin


    This team is exploring a modified Z-pinch geometry as a propulsion system, imploding a liner of liquid lithium onto a pellet containing both fission and fusion fuel. The plasma resulting from the fission and fusion burn expands against a magnetic nozzle, for propulsion, or a magnetic confinement system, for terrestrial power generation. There is considerable synergy in the concept; the lithium acts as a temporary virtual cathode, and adds reaction mass for propulsion. Further, the lithium acts as a radiation shield against generated neutrons and gamma rays. Finally, the density profile of the column can be tailored using the lithium sheath. Recent theoretical and experimental developments (e.g. tailored density profile in the fuel injection, shear stabilization, and magnetic shear stabilization) have had great success in mitigating instabilities that have plagued previous fusion efforts. This paper will review the work in evaluating the pellet sizes and z-pinch conditions for optimal PuFF propulsion. Trades of pellet size and composition with z-pinch power levels and conditions for the tamper and lithium implosion are evaluated. Current models, both theoretical and computational, show that a z-pinch can ignite a small (1 cm radius) fission-fusion target with significant yield. Comparison is made between pure fission and boosted fission targets. Performance is shown for crewed spacecraft for high speed Mars round trip missions and near interstellar robotic missions. The PuFF concept also offers a solution for terrestrial power production. PuFF can, with recycling of the effluent, achieve near 100% burnup of fission fuel, providing a very attractive power source with minimal waste. The small size of PuFF relative to today's plants enables a more distributed power network and less exposure to natural or man-made disruptions.

  8. New trends in high-order harmonics generation using the mid-infrared pulses propagating through the laser-produced plasmas (United States)

    Ganeev, R. A.


    Various recently emerged applications of mid-infrared pulses for high-order harmonic generation in laser plasmas produced on the surfaces of various materials are reviewed. Among them are (a) the highorder harmonic generation in Ag, Sn, fullerene, and graphene nanoparticle-containing plasmas using tunable two-color mid-infrared pulses, (b) efficiency dependence on the generating particle properties in the case of two-color high-harmonic generation of the longer-wavelength radiation in the plasmas, and (c) high-order sum and difference frequency generation using tunable two- and three-color commensurate and incommensurate mid-infrared pumps of graphite plasma. These studies demonstrate the perspectives of the frequency conversion of mid-infrared radiation in the extended laser-produced plasmas.

  9. Gigahertz repetition rate, sub-femtosecond timing jitter optical pulse train directly generated from a mode-locked Yb:KYW laser. (United States)

    Yang, Heewon; Kim, Hyoji; Shin, Junho; Kim, Chur; Choi, Sun Young; Kim, Guang-Hoon; Rotermund, Fabian; Kim, Jungwon


    We show that a 1.13 GHz repetition rate optical pulse train with 0.70 fs high-frequency timing jitter (integration bandwidth of 17.5 kHz-10 MHz, where the measurement instrument-limited noise floor contributes 0.41 fs in 10 MHz bandwidth) can be directly generated from a free-running, single-mode diode-pumped Yb:KYW laser mode-locked by single-wall carbon nanotube-coated mirrors. To our knowledge, this is the lowest-timing-jitter optical pulse train with gigahertz repetition rate ever measured. If this pulse train is used for direct sampling of 565 MHz signals (Nyquist frequency of the pulse train), the jitter level demonstrated would correspond to the projected effective-number-of-bit of 17.8, which is much higher than the thermal noise limit of 50 Ω load resistance (~14 bits).

  10. Generation of 70-fs pulses at 2.86  μm from a mid-infrared fiber laser. (United States)

    Woodward, R I; Hudson, D D; Fuerbach, A; Jackson, S D


    We propose and demonstrate a simple route to few-optical-cycle pulse generation from a mid-infrared fiber laser through nonlinear compression of pulses from a holmium-doped fiber oscillator using a short length of chalcogenide fiber and a grating pair. Pulses from the oscillator with 265-fs duration at 2.86 μm are spectrally broadened through self-phase modulation in step-index As 2 S 3 fiber to 141-nm bandwidth and then re-compressed to 70 fs (7.3 optical cycles). These are the shortest pulses from a mid-infrared fiber system to date, and we note that our system is compact, robust, and uses only commercially available components. The scalability of this approach is also discussed, supported by numerical modeling.

  11. Comparative study of amplified spontaneous emission and short pre-pulse impacts onto fast electron generation at sub-relativistic femtosecond laser-plasma interaction (United States)

    Ivanov, K. A.; Shulyapov, S. A.; Ksenofontov, P. A.; Tsymbalov, I. N.; Volkov, R. V.; Savel'ev, A. B.; Brantov, A. V.; Bychenkov, V. Yu.; Turinge, A. A.; Lapik, A. M.; Rusakov, A. V.; Djilkibaev, R. M.; Nedorezov, V. G.


    This paper describes the study of hot electron generation under the action of intense (˜1018 W/cm2) femtosecond pulses onto the surface of a solid target, in the presence of a long pre-plasma, which varied with different spatial extents and densities. The corona was formed by pre-pulses with varied intensities and temporal profiles (amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) and short pre-pulses). The most efficient fast electron acceleration, to energies well beyond the ponderomotive potential, was observed if the ASE was able to form to the extent of ˜100 μm a slightly undercritical plasma. Energy of accelerated electrons underwent further growth if the laser pulse duration increased from ˜45 to ˜350 fs at constant energy fluence. The experimental results were supported by numerical simulations using 3D3V Mandor PIC code.

  12. Evanescent field interaction of tapered fiber with graphene oxide in generation of wide-bandwidth mode-locked pulses (United States)

    Ahmad, H.; Faruki, M. J.; Razak, M. Z. A.; Tiu, Z. C.; Ismail, M. F.


    Pulses with picosecond pulse widths are highly desired for high precision laser applications. A mode-locked pulse laser utilizing evanescent field interaction of a tapered fiber with graphene oxide (GO) is demonstrated. A homemade fabrication stage was used to fabricate the tapered fiber using systematic flame brushing and a GO solution was used to coat the microfiber using optical deposition technique. Pulse trains with a pulse width of 3.46 ps, a 3 dB optical bandwidth of 11.82 nm and a repetition rate of 920 kHz were obtained. The system has substantial potential for many crucial medical, communication, bio processing, military, and industrial applications.

  13. Pulse laser-induced generation of cluster codes from metal nanoparticles for immunoassay applications

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    Chia-Yin Chang


    Full Text Available In this work, we have developed an assay for the detection of proteins by functionalized nanomaterials coupled with laser-induced desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (LDI-MS by monitoring the generation of metal cluster ions. We achieved selective detection of three proteins [thrombin, vascular endothelial growth factor-A165 (VEGF-A165, and platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB] by modifying nanoparticles (NPs of three different metals (Au, Ag, and Pt with the corresponding aptamer or antibody in one assay. The Au, Ag, and Pt acted as metal bio-codes for the analysis of thrombin, VEGF-A165, and PDGF-BB, respectively, and a microporous cellulose acetate membrane (CAM served as a medium for an in situ separation of target protein-bound and -unbound NPs. The functionalized metal nanoparticles bound to their specific proteins were subjected to LDI-MS on the CAM. The functional nanoparticles/CAM system can function as a signal transducer and amplifier by transforming the protein concentration into an intense metal cluster ion signal during LDI-MS analysis. This system can selectively detect proteins at picomolar concentrations. Most importantly, the system has great potential for the detection of multiple proteins without any pre-concentration, separation, or purification process because LDI-MS coupled with CAM effectively removes all signals except for those from the metal cluster ions.

  14. Generation of trains of ultrashort microwave pulses by two coupled helical gyro-TWTs operating in regimes of amplification and nonlinear absorption (United States)

    Ginzburg, N. S.; Denisov, G. G.; Vilkov, M. N.; Sergeev, A. S.; Zotova, I. V.; Samsonov, S. V.; Mishakin, S. V.


    Based on a time-domain model, we demonstrate that a periodic train of powerful ultrashort microwave pulses can be generated in an electron oscillator consisting of two coupled helically corrugated gyrotron travelling wave tubes (gyro-TWTs) operating in regimes of amplification and saturable absorption, respectively. The mechanism of pulse formation in such an oscillator is based on the effect of passive mode-locking widely used in laser physics. Saturable absorption can be implemented in a gyro-TWT in the Kompfner dip regime by a proper matching of the guiding magnetic field. According to simulations with the parameters of an experimentally realized Ka-band gyro-TWT, the peak power of generated pulses with a duration of 200 ps can achieve 400 kW.

  15. Atomistic modeling of nanoparticle generation in short pulse laser ablation of thin metal films in water. (United States)

    Shih, Cheng-Yu; Wu, Chengping; Shugaev, Maxim V; Zhigilei, Leonid V


    Laser ablation in liquids is actively used for generation of clean colloidal nanoparticles with unique shapes and functionalities. The fundamental mechanisms of the laser ablation in liquids and the key processes that control the nanoparticle structure, composition, and size distribution, however, are not yet fully understood. In this paper, we report the results of first atomistic simulations of laser ablation of metal targets in liquid environment. A model combining a coarse-grained representation of the liquid environment (parameterized for water), a fully atomistic description of laser interactions with metal targets, and acoustic impedance matching boundary conditions is developed and applied for simulation of laser ablation of a thin silver film deposited on a silica substrate. The simulations, performed at two laser fluences in the regime of phase explosion, predict a rapid deceleration of the ejected ablation plume and the formation of a dense superheated molten layer at the water-plume interface. The water in contact with the hot metal layer is brought to the supercritical state and transforms into an expanding low density metal-water mixing region that serves as a precursor for the formation of a cavitation bubble. Two distinct mechanisms of the nanoparticle formation are predicted in the simulations: (1) the nucleation and growth of small (mostly ⩽10nm) nanoparticles in the metal-water mixing region and (2) the formation of larger (tens of nm) nanoparticles through the breakup of the superheated molten metal layer triggered by the emergence of complex morphological features attributed to the Rayleigh-Taylor instability of the interface between at the superheated metal layer and the supercritical water. The first mechanism is facilitated by the rapid cooling of the growing nanoparticles in the supercritical water environment, resulting in solidification of the nanoparticles located in the upper part of the mixing region on the timescale of nanoseconds

  16. Research of the elastic waves generated by a pulse laser. Excitation mechanism of elastic waves and application to nondestructive testing; Pulse laser de reikishita danseiha ni kansuru kenkyu. Danseiha reiki no mechanism to hihakai kensa eno oyo

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    Cho, H.; Takemoto, M. [Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo (Japan). College of Science and Engineering


    A bulk wave is generated when a pulse laser is irradiated to the material, and the characteristics of a Young`s modulus and Poisson`s ratio can be nondestructively estimated from the bulk wave. The generation mechanism of laser ultrasonic waves must be first clarified for such application. In this paper, fundamental research was conducted to study the generation mechanism of the elastic waves excited by a Q-switched Nd-YAG laser, and the generation method and characteristics of Rayleigh waves. The following result was obtained. A bulk wave is generated by the disk-like adiabatic expansion near the surface if the laser power is small when a spot-shape pulse laser was irradiated. A bulk wave is generated by the thin disk-like adiabatic expansion beneath the surface due to the thermal diffusion in the depth direction of a base material when the laser power becomes large. Moreover, a bulk wave is generated by the impact force due to abrasion and plasma when the power becomes still larger. The information on the bulk wave characteristics and Rayleigh wave was also obtained. 25 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Simultaneous observation of the GnRH pulse generator activity and plasma concentrations of metabolites and insulin during fasting and subsequent refeeding periods in Shiba goats. (United States)

    Matsuyama, Shuichi; Ohkura, Satoshi; Ichimaru, Toru; Sakurai, Katsuyasu; Tsukamura, Hiroko; Maeda, Kei-ichiro; Okamura, Hiroaki


    The time course of GnRH pulse generator activity and plasma concentrations of energy substrates and insulin were simultaneously observed in female goats during 4-day fasting and subsequent refeeding in the presence or absence of estrogen for a better understanding of the mechanism of energetic control of gonadotropin secretion in ruminants. The GnRH pulse generator activity was electrophysiologically assessed with the intervals of characteristic increases in multiple-unit activity (MUA volleys) in the mediobasal hypothalamus. In estradiol-treated ovariectomized (OVX+E2) goats, the MUA volley intervals increased as fasting progressed. Plasma concentrations of non-esterified fatty acid and ketone body increased, while those of acetic acid and insulin decreased during fasting. The MUA volley intervals and plasma concentrations of those metabolites and insulin were restored to pre-fasting levels after subsequent refeeding. In ovariectomized (OVX) goats, changes in plasma metabolites and insulin concentrations were similar to those in OVX+E2 goats, but the MUA volley intervals were not altered. The present results demonstrated that fasting suppressed GnRH pulse generator activity in an estrogen-dependent manner. Changes in plasma concentrations of energy substrates and insulin during fasting were associated with the GnRH pulse generator activity in the presence of estrogen, but not in the absence of the steroid in female goats.

  18. Energetic mid-IR femtosecond pulse generation by self-defocusing soliton-induced dispersive waves in a bulk quadratic nonlinear crystal

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    Zhou, Binbin; Guo, Hairun; Bache, Morten


    Generating energetic femtosecond mid-IR pulses is crucial for ultrafast spectroscopy, and currently relies on parametric processes that, while efficient, are also complex. Here we experimentally show a simple alternative that uses a single pump wavelength without any pump synchronization...

  19. Long Wavelength Electromagnetic Light Bullets Generated by a 10.6 micron CO2 Ultrashort Pulsed Source (United States)


    studying atmospheric propagation of a high energy Joule-level few picosecond to sub-picosecond pulsed CO2 laser system being planned within a new DOD... high energy Joule- level few picosecond to sub-picosecond pulsed CO2 laser system being planned within a new DOD joint initiative of AFOSR, AFRL and...provide a basic research support infrastructure for, a high energy Joule-level few picosecond to sub-picosecond pulsed few cycle CO2 laser system

  20. Vortex ring velocity and minimum separation in an infinite train of vortex rings generated by a fully pulsed jet (United States)

    Krueger, Paul S.


    A pulsed jet with a period of no flow between pulses (i.e., a fully pulsed jet) produces a multiplicity of vortex rings whose characteristics are determined by the jet pulsing parameters. The present study analyzes the case of impulsively initiated and terminated jet pulses in the limit of equal pulse duration and period to determine the minimum possible vortex ring separation obtainable from a fully pulsed jet. The downstream character of the flow is modeled as an infinite train of thin, coaxial vortex rings. Assuming inviscid flow and matching the circulation, impulse, kinetic energy, and frequency of the jet and vortex ring train allow the properties of the vortex ring train to be determined in terms of the ratio of jet slug length-to-diameter ratio ( L/ D) used for each pulse. The results show the minimum ring separation may be made arbitrarily small as L/ D is decreased and the corresponding total ring velocity remains close to half the jet velocity for L/ D 1.5. The results are discussed in the context of models of pulsed-jet propulsion.

  1. Experimental Investigation of Micrometer Scale Areal Density Variations in Metal Liners Driven by the 1 MA COBRA Pulsed Power Generator (United States)

    Atoyan, Levon; Pikuz, Sergei; Shelkovenko, Tania; Hammer, David; Byvank, Tom


    On the 20 MA Z machine, the seed for the MRT instability was mitigated in the Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion experiment using a thick dielectric coating. We have used high-resolution radiography to study the development of small-scale ( 10-30 μm) features in thin foils on the 1 MA, 100-200 ns COBRA pulsed power generator. We examined those features quantitatively in a 16 µm thick cylindrical Al liner, where we show areal density variation of up to 40-50%. We then show how the features' wavelength decreases when the material is changed from Al to Ni, Cu, and Ti, going from 21 +/-4 µm for Al to 11 +/-2 µm for Ti. Moreover, we show that expansion inhibition on both sides by dielectric material reduces small-scale feature size and density, and we show how pattern seeding can affect those parameters. This work is supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Sciences Academic Programs under Department of Energy Cooperative Agreement DE-NA0001836 as well as by the Department of Energy Grant Number DE-NA0002952.

  2. Influence of the implanted pulse generator as reference electrode in finite element model of monopolar deep brain stimulation. (United States)

    Walckiers, Grégoire; Fuchs, Benjamin; Thiran, Jean-Philippe; Mosig, Juan R; Pollo, Claudio


    Electrical deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an efficient method to treat movement disorders. Many models of DBS, based mostly on finite elements, have recently been proposed to better understand the interaction between the electrical stimulation and the brain tissues. In monopolar DBS, clinically widely used, the implanted pulse generator (IPG) is used as reference electrode (RE). In this paper, the influence of the RE model of monopolar DBS is investigated. For that purpose, a finite element model of the full electric loop including the head, the neck and the superior chest is used. Head, neck and superior chest are made of simple structures such as parallelepipeds and cylinders. The tissues surrounding the electrode are accurately modelled from data provided by the diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI). Three different configurations of RE are compared with a commonly used model of reduced size. The electrical impedance seen by the DBS system and the potential distribution are computed for each model. Moreover, axons are modelled to compute the area of tissue activated by stimulation. Results show that these indicators are influenced by the surface and position of the RE. The use of a RE model corresponding to the implanted device rather than the usually simplified model leads to an increase of the system impedance (+48%) and a reduction of the area of activated tissue (-15%). (c) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Hair removal with a second generation broad spectrum intense pulsed light source--a long-term follow-up. (United States)

    Troilius, A; Troilius, C


    There is an increasing demand for safe and efficient hair removal. Although long-term hair removal has been demonstrated using lasers and non-coherent light sources, permanent hair removal has been difficult to claim due to the long growth/rest cycle of normal human hair follicles. To evaluate bikini line hair removal with a second generation intense pulsed light (IPL) source. Ten females (20 bikini lines) with dark hair and skin types II-IV were treated with an IPL (600 nm) four times with a 1-month interval. Counting of the hair follicles was carried out with a computer imaging system before treatment, and 4 and 8 months after the treatments. Hair reduction of 74.7% (SD +/- 18.3%) was seen 4 months after the treatments and 80.2% (SD +/- 20.3%) 8 months after the last treatment. Only minimal side effects were noted and no pain or other discomfort was registered during the treatments. The present study demonstrated that this new IPL system is both efficient and safe for hair removal. Because the follow up period of 8 months is twice the cycle time for hairs in the bikini line area, the obtained hair reduction in this study was long-lasting.

  4. A 4 MA, 500 ns pulsed power generator CQ-4 for characterization of material behaviors under ramp wave loading. (United States)

    Wang, Guiji; Luo, Binqiang; Zhang, Xuping; Zhao, Jianheng; Sun, Chengwei; Tan, Fuli; Chong, Tao; Mo, Jianjun; Wu, Gang; Tao, Yanhui


    A pulsed power generator CQ-4 was developed to characterize dynamic behaviors of materials under ramp wave loading, and to launch high velocity flyer plates for shock compression and hypervelocity impact experiments of materials and structures at Institute of Fluid Physics, China Academy of Engineering Physics. CQ-4 is composed of twenty capacitor and primary discharge switch modules with total capacitance of 32 μF and rated charging voltage of 100 kV, and the storage energy is transmitted by two top and bottom parallel aluminum plates insulated by twelve layers of polyester film with total thickness of 1.2 mm. Between capacitor bank and chamber, there are 72 peaking capacitors with total capacitance of 7.2 μF and rated voltage of 120 kV in parallel, which are connected with the capacitor bank in parallel. Before the load, there is a group of seven secondary self-breaking down switches connected with the total circuit in series. The peaking capacitors and secondary switches are used to shape the discharging current waveforms. For short-circuit, the peak current of discharging can be up to 3 ~ 4 MA and rise time varies from 470 ns to 600 ns when the charging voltages of the generator are from 75 kV to 85 kV. With CQ-4 generator, some quasi-isentropic compression experiments under ramp wave loadings are done to demonstrate the ability of CQ-4 generator. And some experiments of launching high velocity flyer plates are also done on CQ-4. The experimental results show that ramp wave loading pressure of several tens of GPa on copper and aluminum samples can be realized and the velocity of aluminum flyer plate with size of 10 mm × 6 mm × 0.35 mm can be accelerated to about 11 km/s and the velocity of aluminum flyer plate with size of 10 mm × 6 mm × 0.6 mm can be up to about 9 km/s, which show that CQ-4 is a good and versatile tool to realize ramp wave loading and shock compression for shock physics.

  5. Generation of ultrashort 25-μJ pulses at 200 nm by dual broadband frequency doubling with a thin KBe2BO3F2 crystal. (United States)

    Zhou, Chun; Kanai, Teruto; Wang, Xiaoyang; Zhu, Yong; Chen, Chuangtian; Watanabe, Shuntaro


    Ultrashort pulses with a 25-μJ output energy were generated at 200 nm by dual broadband frequency doubling with a thin KBe(2)BO(3)F(2) (KBBF) crystal at 1 kHz as the fourth harmonic of a high power Ti:sapphire laser. The spectrum was broadened to a spectral width of 2.25 nm. The pulse duration of 56 fs was measured by single-shot autocorrelation with two-photon fluorescence from self-trapped excitons in a CaF(2) crystal.

  6. Laser generation of XeCl exciplex molecules in a longitudinal repetitively pulsed discharge in a Xe – CsCl mixture

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    Boichenko, A M [A M Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation); Klenovskii, M S [National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk (Russian Federation)


    By using the previously developed kinetic model, we have carried out simulations to study the possibility of laser generation of XeCl exciplex molecules in the working medium based on a mixture of Xe with CsCl vapours, excited by a longitudinal repetitively pulsed discharge. The formation mechanism of exciplex molecules in this mixture is fundamentally different from the formation mechanisms in the traditional mixtures of exciplex lasers. The conditions that make the laser generation possible are discussed. For these conditions, with allowance for available specific experimental conditions of the repetitively pulsed discharge excitation, we have obtained the calculated dependences of the power and efficiency of generation on the reflectivity of mirrors in a laser cavity. (active media)

  7. Low emittance electron beam generation from a laser wakefield accelerator using two laser pulses with different wavelengths

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    X. L. Xu


    Full Text Available Ionization injection triggered by short wavelength laser pulses inside a nonlinear wakefield driven by a longer wavelength laser is examined via multidimensional particle-in-cell simulations. We find that very bright electron beams can be generated through this two-color scheme in either collinear propagating or transverse colliding geometry. For a fixed laser intensity I, lasers with longer/shorter wavelength λ have larger/smaller ponderomotive potential (∝Iλ^{2}. The two-color scheme utilizes this property to separate the injection process from the wakefield excitation process. Very strong wakes can be generated at relatively low laser intensities by using a longer wavelength laser driver (e.g., a 10  μm CO_{2} laser due to its very large ponderomotive potential. On the other hand, a short wavelength laser can produce electrons with very small residual momenta (p_{⊥}∼a_{0}∼sqrt[I]λ inside the wake, leading to electron beams with very small normalized emittances (tens of nm. Using particle-in-cell simulations we show that a ∼10  fs electron beam with ∼4  pC of charge and a normalized emittance of ∼50  nm can be generated by combining a 10  μm driving laser with a 400 nm injection laser, which is an improvement of more than 1 order of magnitude compared to the typical results obtained when a single wavelength laser is used for both the wake formation and ionization injection. With the transverse colliding geometry, simulations show that similarly low emittance and much lower slice energy spread (∼30  keV, comparing with the typical value of few MeV in the longitudinal injection scheme can be simultaneously obtained for electron beams with a few pC charge. Such low slice energy spread may have significant advantages in applications relevant to future coherent light sources driven by plasma accelerators.

  8. Modeling and design of lossy waveguide structures for generation of broadband terahertz pulses through difference frequency mixing (United States)

    Vallejo Monsalve, Felipe Antonio

    We present an integral coupled mode theory (CMT), suited to account for high optical losses, to model ultra-broadband terahertz (THz) waveguide emitters (0.1- 20 THz) based on difference frequency generation (DFG) pumped by femtosecond infrared (IR) optical pulses. This integral model works even in the situation where the DFG occurs between several IR and THz modes. We also present a simplified CMT approximation that reproduces the results of the rigorous integral CMT for situations where the THz generation is mediated through single-IR-mode to single-THz-mode interactions. Using the simplified approach we derive a new expression that incorporates loss effects into the coherence length for optical rectification (OR). The expression that we derived for the coherence length can be adapted to describe other second order nonlinear processes such as second harmonic generation. We apply both models to study waveguide emitters whose nonlinear cores are composed of poled guest-host electro-optic (EO) polymer composites, which belong to the 1mm symmetry class and have high nonlinearities. We apply the models to a generic, symmetric, five-layer, metal/cladding/core waveguide structure and provide design strategies for efficient ultra-broadband THz emitters. Two different design strategies are analyzed, one in which the waveguides are designed to have a single-IR-mode and a single-THz-mode guided within the structure, and other where the waveguide is made with a single-THz-mode but admits several IR guided modes. In both strategies the waveguide geometric parameters are optimized to obtain the highest THz conversion efficiencies and broader output bandwidth. The simplified CMT approach is much faster to implement than the integral CMT. Thus, we use the simplified approach to perform a parametric study for different waveguide parameters and pumping wavelengths, in the telecom and short wavelength infrared region, to establish under what conditions the five-layered structure

  9. Transform-limited x-ray pulse generation from a high-brightness self-amplified spontaneous-emission free-electron laser. (United States)

    McNeil, B W J; Thompson, N R; Dunning, D J


    A method to achieve high-brightness self-amplified spontaneous emission (HB-SASE) in the free-electron laser (FEL) is described. The method uses repeated nonequal electron beam delays to delocalize the collective FEL interaction and break the radiation coherence length dependence on the FEL cooperation length. The method requires no external seeding or photon optics and so is applicable at any wavelength or repetition rate. It is demonstrated, using linear theory and numerical simulations, that the radiation coherence length can be increased by approximately 2 orders of magnitude over SASE with a corresponding increase in spectral brightness. Examples are shown of HB-SASE generating transform-limited FEL pulses in the soft x-ray and near transform-limited pulses in the hard x-ray. Such pulses may greatly benefit existing applications and may also open up new areas of scientific research.

  10. Low-voltage pulsed plasma discharges inside water using a bubble self-generating parallel plate electrode with a porous ceramic (United States)

    Muradia, Sonia; Nagatsu, Masaaki


    Characteristics of pulsed bubbles discharges in water were investigated using parallel punched plate electrodes with a porous thin ceramic plate inserted between two metal plates. The micro-bubbles were generated just beneath the porous ceramic plate by flowing gas through it. The transition from spiky dielectric barrier discharges to pulsed glow discharges enables efficient bubble discharges at a relatively low voltage of 1.8 ˜ 4.0 kV of the 5 kHz square-waves with a pulse-width of about 750 ns. With 80% Ar and 20% O2 mixture gas at 4.0 kV, the 50 mg/l Indigo Carmine aqueous solution was efficiently decolorized within about 3 min.

  11. Generation of 70 fs broadband pulses in a hybrid nonlinear amplification system with mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic oscillator (United States)

    Liu, Yang; Wang, Chao; Luo, Daping; Yang, Chao; Li, Jiang; Ge, Lin; Pan, Yubai; Li, Wenxue


    We demonstrate the passively mode-locked laser performances of bulk Yb:YAG ceramic prepared by non-aqueous tape casting, which generates initial pulses in temporal width of 3 ps and spectrum width of 3 nm without intra-cavity dispersion management. The ceramic laser is further used as seeding oscillator in a fiber nonlinear amplification system, where ultrashort pulses in maximum output power of ∼100 W and pulse duration of 70 fs are achieved. Moreover, the laser spectrum is broadened to be ∼41 nm due to self-phase modulation effects in the gain fiber, overcoming the narrow spectrum limitations of ceramic materials. Our approach opens a new avenue for power-scaling and spectrum-expanding of femtosecond ceramic lasers.

  12. The 12 kV, 50 kA Pulse Generator for the SPS MKDH Horizontal Beam Dump Kicker System,equipped with Semiconductor Switches

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    Bonthond, J; Faure, P; Vossenberg, Eugène B; CERN. Geneva. SPS and LHC Division


    The high current pulses for the MKDH magnets are generated with capacitor discharge type generators which, combined with a resistive free-wheel diode circuit, deliver a critically damped half-sine current with a rise-time of 25 ms. Each generator consists of two 25 kA units, connected in parallel to a magnet via low inductance transmission lines. They are equipped with a stack of four Fast High Current Thyristors, together with snubber capacitors, a voltage divider and a specially designed trigger transformer.

  13. Upgrading from VVI to DDD pacing Mode during elective replacement of pulse generator: a comparative clinical-functional analysis. (United States)

    Teno, Luiz Antonio Castilho; Costa, Roberto; Martinelli Filho, Martino; Castilho, Fabian Cecchi Teno; Ruiz, Ivan


    Evaluate the clinical and functional behavior of the ventricular and atrioventricular stimulation modes in the elective replacement of pulse generator in patients with chagasic cardiopathy and atrioventricular block. Twenty-seven patients under ventricular and atrioventricular stimulation were comparatively evaluated at the beginning of the study, and alternately in ventricular and atrioventricular modes in two 90-day phases, with regard to: the clinical behavior evaluated according to quality of life and functional class, and the functional behavior evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography and the six-minute walk test. The statistical analysis was performed with patients at baseline, and under ventricular and atrioventricular modes, using the chi-square test and the repeated measures analysis of variance, and taking into consideration a 0.05 level of significance. The mean quality-of-life scores were: functional capacity (VVI 71.3+/-18.2 , DDD 69.3+/-20.4); overall health status (VVI 68.1+/-21.8, DDD 69.4+/-19.4) and vitality (VVI 64.8+/-24.6 , DDD 67.6+/-25.5); on echocardiography: LVEF (VVI 52.5+/-12.8 , DDD 51.8+/-14.9), LVDD (VVI 53.0+/-7.7 , DDD 42.4+/-7.8), LA (VVI 38.6+/-5.4 DDD 38.5+/-5.1), and in the six-minute walk test: distance walked (VVI 463.4+/-84.7, DDD 462.6+/-63.4). There were four cases of complications, three of them associated with the change in stimulation mode. This study showed no differences between the two stimulation modes in the clinical behavior assessed by quality of life and functional class, and in the functional behavior, evaluated according to the ecochardiographic findings and the six-minute walk test.

  14. Dual Anchor Internal Pulse Generator Technique May Lower Risk of Twiddler's Syndrome: A Case Series and Literature Review. (United States)

    Sobstyl, Michał Roman; Ząbek, Mirosław; Brzuszkiewicz-Kuźmicka, Grażyna; Pasterski, Tomasz


    Twiddler's syndrome (TS) is described as a spontaneous rotation or intentional external manipulation of implanted internal pulse generator (IPG) for neurological or cardiac disorders. There have been identified some predisposing factors of the development of TS such as: loose subcutaneous tissue, older age of individuals undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures, creation of too large pockets for IPG. Apart from these factors, the construction of IPG itself may predispose to the development of TS. To report the clinical course of three patients with TS. Moreover, the purpose of this study is to present the change in fixation technique of IPG that can prevent the occurrence of TS in patients after DBS procedure. A prospectively collected database of all hardware related complications for patients operated on for various movement disorders was analyzed. In a total number of 347 DBS systems implanted since 1999 we have identified three patients diagnosed with TS. All three patients with TS in our series were implanted with the IPG harboring a single anchoring hole. This complication has never occurred in patients with the IPG harboring two anchoring holes in our center. All three patients underwent revision surgery. During reoperations all connection cables were replaced and IPG sutured with one additional silk stich through the plastic housing to immobilize it properly in subcutaneous pocket. There were no recurrences of TS in our patients. Our case series suggests that a predisposing factor of TS may also be the construction of IPG itself (a single anchoring hole intended for fixation), which naturally represents less fixation of the IPG to the fascia or muscle in the subcutaneous pocket. In this preliminary report we present suggestions to lower the risk of TS, including using dual anchor capable IPGs, reducing pocket volume and using nonabsorbable suture. © 2017 International Neuromodulation Society.

  15. High average power difference-frequency generation of picosecond mid-IR pulses at 80MHz using an Yb-fiber laser pumped optical parametric oscillator (United States)

    Michel, Julia; Beutler, Marcus; Rimke, Ingo; Büttner, Edlef; Farinello, Paolo; Agnesi, Antonio; Petrov, Valentin P.


    We present an efficient coherent source widely tunable in the mid-infrared spectral range consisting of a commercial picosecond Yb-fiber laser operating at 80 MHz repetition rate, a synchronously-pumped OPO (SPOPO) and differencefrequency generation (DFG) in AgGaSe2. With an average input pump power of 7.8 W at 1032 nm and at 80 MHz, the SPOPO outputs are tunable from 1380 to 1980 nm (Signal) and from 2.1 to ~4 μm (Idler) with pulse durations between 2.1 and 2.6 ps over the entire tuning range. After temporally overlapping Signal and Idler through a delay line, the two beams are spatially recombined with a dichroic mirror (reflecting for the Signal in s-polarization and transmitting for the Idler in p-polarization), and focused by a 150 mm CaF2 lens to a common focus. For DFG we employ an AR-coated 10- mm thick AgGaSe2 nonlinear crystal cut for type-I interaction at θ =52°. The generated mid-infrared picosecond pulses are continuously tunable between 5 and 18 μm with average power up to 130 mW at 6 μm and more than 1 mW at 18 μm. Their spectra and autocorrelation traces are measured up to 15 μm and 11 μm, respectively, and indicate that the input spectral bandwidth and pulse duration are maintained to a great extent in the nonlinear frequency conversion processes. The pulse duration slightly decreases from 2.1 to 1.9 ps at 6.7 μm while the spectral bandwidth supports ~1.5 ps (~10 cm-1)durations across the entire mid-infrared tuning range. For the first time narrow-band mid-infrared pulses with energy exceeding 1 nJ are generated at such high repetition rates.

  16. Unified model of plasma formation, bubble generation and shock wave emission in water for fs to ns laser pulses (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Liang, Xiao-Xuan; Freidank, Sebastian; Linz, Norbert; Paltauf, Günther; Zhang, Zhenxi; Vogel, Alfred


    We developed modeling tools for optical breakdown events in water that span various phases reaching from breakdown initiation via solvated electron generation, through laser induced-plasma formation and temperature evolution in the focal spot to the later phases of cavitation bubble dynamics and shock wave emission and applied them to a large parameter space of pulse durations, wavelengths, and pulse energies. The rate equation model considers the interplay of linear absorption, photoionization, avalanche ionization and recombination, traces thermalization and temperature evolution during the laser pulse, and portrays the role of thermal ionization that becomes relevant for T > 3000 K. Modeling of free-electron generation includes recent insights on breakdown initiation in water via multiphoton excitation of valence band electrons into a solvated state at Eini = 6.6 eV followed by up-conversion into the conduction band level that is located at 9.5 eV. The ability of tracing the temperature evolution enabled us to link the model of laser-induced plasma formation with a hydrodynamic model of plasma-induced pressure evolution and phase transitions that, in turn, traces bubble generation and dynamics as well as shock wave emission. This way, the amount of nonlinear energy deposition in transparent dielectrics and the resulting material modifications can be assessed as a function of incident laser energy. The unified model of plasma formation and bubble dynamics yields an excellent agreement with experimental results over the entire range of investigated pulse durations (femtosecond to nanosecond), wavelengths (UV to IR) and pulse energies.

  17. Photonics at the frontiers. Generation of few-cycle light pulses via NOPCPA and real-time probing of charge transfer in hybrid photovoltaics

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    Herrmann, Daniel


    In the first part of this thesis the methodics of the non-collinear, optically parametric amplification of chirped light pulses (NOPCPA) for the generation of few-cycle light pulses in the visible (Vis) and near infrared (NIR) with of 5-8 fs half-width are essential further developed. Fundamental parametric influences, like the existence of a parametrically induced phase and the generation of optically parametric fluorescence (OPF), are studied both by theoretical analyses and numerical simulations and by concrete experiments. Experimentally in the framework of this thesis fwe-cycle light pulses with a pulse width of 7.9 fs, 130 mJ energy, at 805 nm central wavelength and a very high seed-pulse-limited prepulse contrast of 11 and 8 orders of magnitude are reached at 30 ps and approximately 3 ps. One the one hand it has been succeeded to accelerate with the broad-band pulse amplifier quasi-monoenergetic electrons with energies of up to 50 MeV. For this the light pulse is focussed to relativistic intensities of several W/cm{sup 2} in a helium gas jet. On the other hand XUV light was produced up to the 20th harmonic of the generated light pulse from the broad-band pulse amplifier by its sub-cycle interaction with solid surfaces. In the framework of this thesis furthermore new, extended concepts for still broader-band NOPCPA over one octave were developed and characterized, which contain the application of two pump pulses in one NOPCPA stage and the application of two different pump wavelength in two subsequent NOPCPA stages. In the second part of this thesis broad-band white-light spectra and by means of NOPCPA spectrally tunable light pulses are applied in order to realize a transient absorption spectrometer with multichannel detection. This new excitation-query construction combines a very broad-band UV-Vis-NIR query with a high time resolution of 40 fs and high sensitivity for the transient change of the optical density of less than 10{sup -4}. By this it has in

  18. Generating mid-IR octave-spanning supercontinua and few-cycle pulses with solitons in phase-mismatched quadratic nonlinear crystals

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    Bache, Morten; Guo, Hairun; Zhou, Binbin


    We discuss a novel method for generating octave-spanning supercontinua and few-cycle pulses in the important mid-IR wavelength range. The technique relies on strongly phase-mismatched cascaded second-harmonic generation (SHG) in mid-IR nonlinear frequency conversion crystals. Importantly we here...... investigate the so-called noncritical SHG case, where no phase matching can be achieved but as a compensation the largest quadratic nonlinearities are exploited. A self-defocusing temporal soliton can be excited if the cascading nonlinearity is larger than the competing material self-focusing nonlinearity...

  19. Generation of Helical and Axial Magnetic Fields by the Relativistic Laser Pulses in Under-dense Plasma: Three-Dimensional Particle-in-Cell Simulation (United States)

    Zheng, Chun-Yang; Zhu, Shao-Ping; He, Xian-Tu


    The quasi-static magnetic fields created in the interaction of relativistic laser pulses with under-dense plasmas have been investigated by three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation. The relativistic ponderomotive force can drive an intense electron current in the laser propagation direction, which is responsible for the generation of a helical magnetic field. The axial magnetic field results from a difference beat of wave-wave, which drives a solenoidal current. In particular, the physical significance of the kinetic model for the generation of the axial magnetic field is discussed.

  20. Ionic and atomic characterization of laser-generated plasmas at 5 × 109 W/cm2 pulse intensity (United States)

    Caridi, F.; Torrisi, L.; Cutroneo, M.


    A Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm wavelength, 150 mJ pulse energy and 3 ns pulse width, was employed to produce a non-equilibrium plasma by ablating several different targets (silicon, titanium, copper and germanium) at 5 × 109 W/cm2 pulse intensity. The ion emission from the plasma was monitored through time-of-flight (TOF) measurements, performed by using an ion collector (IC) placed along the normal to the target surface. The deconvolution of the IC experimental spectra with a Coulomb-Boltzmann-shifted function permitted to evaluate the equivalent ion temperature and acceleration voltage, and the mean ion charge state developed inside the non-equilibrium plasma. A classical mass quadrupole spectrometer (MQS) was employed to detect ion charge states and plasma neutrals at various detection angles. The plasma fractional ionization, the ions and neutrals angular distribution and the ablation yield, as estimated through a MQS calibration process, were also evaluated.