Broadband OPA Technology for Ultrashort or Incoherent Laser Pulses

March 10, 2023

Webinar on March 10, 2023

About the Programm

Dr. Jon Zuegel will provide an overview of optical parametric amplification (OPA) technology for producing ultrashort or incoherent laser pulses used  for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and high-energy density (HED) research at the University of Rochester, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (UR/LLE). 

Broadband OPAs support femtosecond laser pulses that can be used to probe ICF/HED experimental conditions, either directly or using laser-driven secondary radiation sources, such as high-energy particles (electrons, ions) or photons (ranging from THz to gamma rays). OPAs configured to amplify incoherent waves promise an approach to overcome laser-plasma instabilities and degrade laser-driven ICF/HED experiments. 

The webinar will introduce the common and different laser system technologies associated with both applications using specific implementations developed at UR/LLE, and envision promising future applications, including 100-PW class laser systems for basic research and MJ-class lasers for inertial fusion energy.

Subject Matter Level: Intermediate - Assumes basic knowledge of the topic

What You Will Learn: The science and technology of high-energy laser systems used for fusion and high-intensity/high-field physics research.

Who Should Attend:

  • Laser scientists
  • Laser engineers

About the Presenter: Dr. Jonathan D. Zuegel serves as the Laser and Materials Technology Division Director, and a Distinguished Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, and a Professor of Optics at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester. Zuegel led the Laser Development and Engineering Division from 2014 to 2019, and the Laser Technology Development Group from 2001 to 2014. Jon is a Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA) and serves/has served in numerous capacities of conferences (CLEO, ICUIL, OSA topical meetings) and international advisory committees.

Dr. Zuegel joined LLE in 1996 after receiving his Ph.D. in Optics from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. He received his B.S. (1983) and Masters of Engineering (1984) in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and served in the U.S. Navy in the Department of Energy, Division of Naval Reactors. Dr. Zuegel is author or co-author on more than 130 papers and more than 270 conference presentations.

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