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  1. Emerging terawatt picosecond CO{sub 2} laser technology

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    Pogorelsky, I.V.

    1997-09-01

    The first terawatt picosecond (TWps) CO{sub 2} laser is under construction at the BNL Accelerator Test Facility (ATF). TWps-CO{sub 2} lasers, having an order of magnitude longer wavelength than the well-known table-top terawatt solid state lasers, offer new opportunities for strong-field physics research. For laser wakefield accelerators (LWFA) the advantage of the new class of lasers is due to a gain of two orders of magnitude in the ponderomotive potential. The large average power of CO{sub 2} lasers is important for the generation of hard radiation through Compton back-scattering of the laser off energetic electron beams. The authors discuss applications of TWps-CO{sub 2} lasers for LWFA modules of a tentative electron-positron collider, for {gamma}-{gamma} (or {gamma}-lepton) colliders, for a possible table-top source of high-intensity x-rays and gamma rays, and the generation of polarized positron beams.

  2. Emerging terawatt picosecond CO{sub 2} laser technology and possible applications in accelerator physics

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    Pogorelsky, I.V.; Ben-Zvi, I.

    1997-07-01

    The first terawatt picosecond (TWps) CO{sub 2} laser is under construction at the BNL Accelerator Test Facility (ATF). TWps-CO{sub 2} lasers, having the order of magnitude longer wavelength than the well-known table-top terawatt solid state lasers, offer new opportunities for the strong-field physics research. For processes based on electro quiver motion, such as laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA), the advantage of the new class of lasers is due to a gain of two orders of magnitude in the ponderomotive potential for the same peak power. The large average power capability of CO{sub 2} lasers is important for the generation of hard radiation through Compton back-scattering of the laser off energetic electron beams, as well as for other applications. Among them are: LWFA modules of a tentative electron-positron collider, {gamma}-{gamma} (or {gamma}-lepton) collider, a possible table-top source of high-intensity x-rays and gamma rays and the generation of polarized positron beams.

  3. Terawatt Picosecond CO(sub 2) Laser Technology for High Energy Physics Applications

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    Pogorelsky, I. V.

    1998-07-05

    Demonstration of ultra-high acceleration gradients in the SM LWFA experiments put a next objective for the laser accelerator development to achieve a low-emittance monochromatic acceleration over extended interaction distances. The emerging picosecond terawatt (ps-TW) CO{sub 2} laser technology helps to meet this strategic goal. Among the considered examples are: the staged electron laser accelerator (STELLA) experiment, which is being conducted at the Brookhaven ATF, and the plasma-channeled LWFA. The long-wavelength and high average power capabilities of CO{sub 2} lasers maybe utilized also for generation of intense x-ray and gamma radiation through Compton back-scattering of the laser beams off relativistic electrons. We discuss applications of ps-TW CO{sub 2} lasers for a tentative {gamma}-{gamma} (or {gamma}-lepton) collider and generation of polarized positron beams.

  4. The first terawatt picosecond CO{sub 2} laser for advanced accelerator studies at the Brookhaven ATF

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    Pogorelsky, I.V.; Ben-Zvi, I.; Skaritka, J.

    1996-10-01

    The first terawatt picosecond C0{sub 2} laser system is under development at the Brookhaven Accelerator Test Facility. Presently operational 1 Joule 100-ps ATF laser will be upgraded with a 10 atm amplifier capable of delivery {approximately} 15 Joules of laser energy in a 3 ps pulse. We describe the design of the x-ray preionized 10 atm amplifier of a 10 liter active volume energized by a 1 MV, 200 kA transverse electric discharge. The amplifier, equipped with internal optics, permits the accommodation of a regenerative stage and a multi-pass booster in a relatively compact single discharge volume. The ATF terawatt C0{sub 2} laser shall become operational in 1997 to serve for laser acceleration, x-ray generation and other strong-field physics experiments.

  5. High-brightness picosecond ion beam source based on BNL Terawatt CO2 laser: Proof-of-principle experiments

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    Shkolnikov, Peter

    2012-10-04

    Under the continuing DOE support, we have: o assembled the basic experiment setup and then continued expanding it to include diverse diagnostics and to accommodate gas jet targets in addition to metal foils; o conducted an extensive study of our novel laser, significantly enhanced laser beam diagnostics, and improved relevant laser parameters; o turned our experiments into a truly international endeavor with active collaboration of close to 20 researchers in US, UK, and Germany; o conducted the first ever experiments with proton and ion acceleration by lasers interacting with overcritical plasma of gas jets; o for the first time directly observed radiation pressure acceleration of protons, including quasi-monoenergetic spectra promising for future applications; o for the first time directly observed quasi-stable, bubble-like plasma structures that likely evolved from relativistic laser-plasma solitons (post-solitons). Thus, we have confirmed a strong potential of a picosecond TW CO2 laser as a research tool in laser-plasma science and as a promising vehicle for future applications of laser ion acceleration. This has led to apparent increase of the interest in mid-IR laser ion acceleration. In particular, another major research group began extensive proton acceleration experiments with their own CO2 laser at UCLA. As a result, the mechanisms responsible for laser proton acceleration in gas jets have become somewhat clearer. It is also important to note that modest DOE funding played the role of a seed support ensuring the formation of a multinational research team, whose members contributed its time and equipment with value well in excess of that seed amount.

  6. Picosecond optoelectronic devices

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    Lee, C.L.

    1984-01-01

    Ever since the invention of picosecond lasers, scientists and electronic engineers have been dreaming of inventing electronic devices that can record in real time the physical and electronic events that take place on picosecond time scales. With the exception of the expensive streak camera, this dream has been largely unfullfilled. Today, a real-time oscilloscope with picosecond time resolution is still not available. To fill the need for even better time resolution, researchers have turned to optical pulses and thus a hybrid technology has emerged-picosecond optoelectronics. This technology, based on bulk photoconductors, has had a slow start. However, because of the simplicity, scaleability, and jitterfree nature of the devices, the technology has recently experienced a rapid growth. This volume reviews the major developments in the field of picosecond optoelectronics over the past decade.

  7. Status of the Leopard Laser Project in Nevada Terawatt Facility

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wiewior, Piotr P.; Astanovitskiy, A.; Aubry, G.; Batie, S.; Caron, J.; Chalyy, O.; Cowan, T.; Haefner, C.; Le Galloudec, B.; Le Galloudec, N.; Macaulay, D.; Nalajala, V.; Pettee, G.; Samek, S.; Stepanenko, Y.; Vesco, J.

    2009-06-01

    Nevada Terawatt Facility (NTF) currently operates a high-intensity laser system—Leopard. NTF already operates a powerful z-pinch device, called Zebra, for plasma and High Energy Density physics research. The unique research opportunities arise from the combination of NTF's terawatt Zebra z-pinch with 50-terawatt-class Leopard laser. This combination also provides opportunities to address fundamental physics of inertial fusion and high energy density physics with intense laser beam. We report on the status, design and architecture of the Leopard laser project. A first experiments carried out with Leopard will be also briefly mentioned.

  8. Manufacturing for Terawatt-Scale Energy Applications

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    Atwater, Harry

    2013-03-01

    Future energy conversion devices will make extensive use of nanostructured materials that must be manufactured at a scale compatible with terawatt-scale deployment. Specifically, future ultrahigh efficiency photovoltaic devices and modules will likely have little in common with today's photovoltaic technology but instead will be essentially complex optical integrated circuits with microscale and nanoscale critical dimensions for efficient optical spectrum splitting, light absorption and carrier transport. The challenge for nanomanufacturing is to realize the fabrication of these sophisticated device architectures with nanoscale features in high-volume low-cost commodity fabrication processes. I will describe examples of practical and scalable approaches to large-scale nanophotonic fabrication using recent advances in the research and commercial development. One example is epitaxial liftoff of thin-film single-crystal Si and III-V compound semiconductor absorbers, and layer-transfer printing techniques for single crystal film assembly of lifted film structures. Another is substrate conformable soft-imprint lithography provides a scalable method for the synthesis of low-cost large-area arrays of nano-patterned light-trapping structures or structures with engineered optical density of states. It is now well established that soft-imprint lithography has a deep-subwavelength resolution, maintained over a large area. Directions for future research and applications to other energy technologies will be surveyed. Supported by the US Department of Energy.

  9. Experimental plasma astrophysics using a T{sup 3} (Table-top Terawatt) laser

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    Tajima, T.

    1996-11-01

    Lasers that can deliver immense power of Terawatt (10{sup 12}W) and can still compactly sit on a Table-Top (T{sup 3} lasers) emerged in the 1990s. The advent of these lasers allows us to access to regimes of astronomical physical conditions that once thought impossible to realize in a terrestrial laboratory. We touch on examples that include superhigh pressure materials that may resemble the interior of giant planets and white dwarfs and of relativistic temperature plasmas that may exist in the early cosmological epoch and in the neighborhood of the blackhole event horizon.

  10. Experimental Plasma Astrophysics Using a T3 (Table-Top Terawatt) Laser

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    Tajima, T.

    1996-11-01

    Lasers that can deliver immense power of Terawatt (1012 W) and can still compactly sit on a Table-Top (T3 lasers) emerged in the 1990s. The advent of these lasers allows us to access to regimes of astronomical physical conditions that once thought impossible to realize in a terrestrial laboratory. We touch on examples that include superhigh pressure materials that may resemble the interior of giant planets and white dwarfs and of relativistic temperature plasmas that may exist in the early cosmological epoch and in the neighborhood of the blackhole event horizon.

  11. Picosecond Chemical and Biological Events.

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    Rentzepis, P. M.

    1978-01-01

    Describes a currently used picosecond spectroscopy system capable of reliably recording picosecond events. Two areas of picosecond research are discussed: one concerns the interaction of electrons in fluids; the second, the primary events in vision. (Author/HM)

  12. Development of a 100-terawatt hybrid femtosecond laser system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Losev, V.; Alekseev, S.; Ivanov, N.; Kovalchuk, B.; Mikheev, L.; Mesyats, G.; Panchenko, Yu.; Puchikin, A.; Ratakhin, N.; Yastremsky, A.

    2010-09-01

    Terawatt hybrid (solid state/gas) laser (THL-100) system on the basis of Ti:sapphire starting complex (50 fs, 5 mJ) and photochemical XeF(C-A) amplifier with the aperture of 24 cm is presented. Laser system is built at Institute of High Current Electronics SD RAS, Tomsk, Russia. The design and peculiarities of optical pumping of XeF(C-A) amplifier, methods of pump power measuring, gain distribution across the active volume are discussed. The results of numerical modeling of the output parameters simulation are presented and one compared with first experimental results.

  13. Picosecond Imaging Circuit Analysis

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    Kash, Jeffrey A.

    1998-03-01

    With ever-increasing complexity, probing the internal operation of a silicon IC becomes more challenging. Present methods of internal probing are becoming obsolete. We have discovered that a very weak picosecond pulse of light is emitted by each FET in a CMOS circuit whenever the circuit changes logic state. This pulsed emission can be simultaneously imaged and time resolved, using a technique we have named Picosecond Imaging Circuit Analysis (PICA). With a suitable imaging detector, PICA allows time resolved measurement on thousands of devices simultaneously. Computer videos made from measurements on real IC's will be shown. These videos, along with a more quantitative evaluation of the light emission, permit the complete operation of an IC to be measured in a non-invasive way with picosecond time resolution.

  14. Broadly tunable picosecond ir source

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    Campillo, A.J.; Hyer, R.C.; Shapiro, S.L.

    1980-04-23

    A picosecond traveling-wave parametric device capable of controlled spectral bandwidth and wavelength in the infrared is reported. Intense 1.064 ..mu..m picosecond pulses (1) pass through a 4.5 cm long LiNbO/sub 3/ optical parametric oscillator crystal (2) set at its degeneracy angle. A broad band emerges, and a simple grating (3) and mirror (4) arrangement is used to inject a selected narrow-band into a 2 cm long LiNbO/sub 3/ optical parametric amplifier crystal (5) along a second pump line. Typical input energies at 1.064 ..mu..m along both pump lines are 6 to 8 mJ for the oscillator and 10 mJ for the amplifier. This yields 1 mJ of tunable output in the range 1.98 to 2.38 ..mu..m which when down-converted in a 1 cm long CdSe crystal mixer (6) gives 2 ..mu..J of tunable radiation over the 14.8 to 18.5 ..mu..m region. The bandwidth and wavelength of both the 2 and 16 ..mu..m radiation output are controlled solely by the diffraction grating.

  15. Broadly tunable picosecond IR source

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    Campillo, Anthony J.; Hyer, Ronald C.; Shapiro, Stanley J.

    1982-01-01

    A picosecond traveling-wave parametric device capable of controlled spectral bandwidth and wavelength in the infrared is reported. Intense 1.064 .mu.m picosecond pulses (1) pass through a 4.5 cm long LiNbO.sub.3 optical parametric oscillator crystal (2) set at its degeneracy angle. A broad band emerges, and a simple grating (3) and mirror (4) arrangement is used to inject a selected narrow-band into a 2 cm long LiNbO.sub.3 optical parametric amplifier crystal (5) along a second pump line. Typical input energies at 1.064 .mu.m along both pump lines are 6-8 mJ for the oscillator and 10 mJ for the amplifier. This yields 1 mJ of tunable output in the range 1.98 to 2.38 .mu.m which when down-converted in a 1 cm long CdSe crystal mixer (6) gives 2 .mu.J of tunable radiation over the 14.8 to 18.5 .mu.m region. The bandwidth and wavelength of both the 2 and 16 .mu.m radiation output are controlled solely by the diffraction grating.

  16. Picosecond beam monitor

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    Schutt, D.W.; Beck, G.O.

    1974-01-01

    The current in the beam of a particle accelerator is monitored with picosecond resolution by causing the beam to impinge upon the center conductor of a coaxial line, generating a pulse of electromagnetic energy in response thereto. This pulse is detected by means such as a sampling oscilloscope. (Official Gazette)

  17. Ultrafast terawatt laser sources for high-field particle acceleration and short wavelength generation

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    Downer, M.C.; Siders, C.W.

    1996-12-31

    The Laser Sources working group concerned itself with recent advances in and future requirements for the development of laser sources relevant to high-energy physics (HEP) colliders, small scale accelerators, and the generation of short wave-length radiation. We heavily emphasized pulsed terawatt peak power laser sources for several reasons. First, their development over the past five years has been rapid and multi-faceted, and has made relativistic light intensity available to the advanced accelerator community, as well as the wider physics community, for the first time. Secondly, they have strongly impacted plasma-based accelerator research over the past two years, producing the first experimental demonstrations of the laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA) in both its resonantly-driven and self-modulated forms. Thirdly, their average power and wall-plug efficiency currently fall well short of projected requirements for future accelerators and other high average power applications, but show considerable promise for improving substantially over the next few years. A review of this rapidly emerging laser technology in the context of advanced accelerator research is therefore timely.

  18. Picosecond Spin Caloritronics

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    Cahill, David G.

    The coupling of spin and heat, i.e., spin caloritronics, gives rise to new physical phenomena in nanoscale spin devices and new ways to manipulate local magnetization. Our work in this field takes advantage of recent advances in the measurement and understanding of heat transport at the nanoscale using ultrafast lasers. We use a picosecond duration pump laser pulses as a source of heat and picosecond duration probe laser pulses to detect changes in temperature, spin accumulation, and spin transfer torque using a combination of time-domain thermoreflectance and time-resolved magneto-optic Kerr effect Our pump-probe optical methods enable us to change the temperature of ferromagnetic layers on a picosecond time-scale and generate enormous heat fluxes on the order of 100 GW m-2 that persist for ~ 30 ps. Thermally-driven ultrafast demagnetization of a perpendicular ferromagnet leads to spin accumulation in a normal metal and spin transfer torque in an in-plane ferromagnet. The data are well described by models of spin generation and transport based on differences and gradients of thermodynamic parameters. The spin-dependent Seebeck effect of a perpendicular ferromagnetic layer converts a heat current into spin current, which in turn can be used to exert a spin transfer torque (STT) on a second ferromagnetic layer with in-plane magnetization. Using a [Co,Ni] multilayer as the source of spin, an energy fluence of ~ 4 J m-2 creates thermal STT sufficient to induce ~ 1 % tilting of the magnetization of a 2 nm-thick CoFeB layer.

  19. Report of the terawatt laser pressure vessel committee

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    Woodle, M.H.; Beauman, R.; Czajkowski, C.; Dickinson, T.; Lynch, D.; Pogorelsky, I.; Skjaritka, J.

    2000-09-25

    In 1995 the ATF project sent out an RFP for a CO2 Laser System having a TeraWatt output. Eight foreign and US firms responded. The Proposal Evaluation Panel on the second round selected Optoel, a Russian firm based in St. Petersburg, on the basis of the technical criteria and cost. Prior to the award, BNL representatives including the principal scientist, cognizant engineer and a QA representative visited the Optoel facilities to assess the company's capability to do the job. The contract required Optoel to provide a x-ray preionized high pressure amplifier that included: a high pressure cell, x-ray tube, internal optics and a HV pulse forming network for the main discharge and preionizer. The high-pressure cell consists of a stainless steel pressure vessel with various ports and windows that is filled with a gas mixture operating at 10 atmospheres. In accordance with BNL Standard ESH 1.4.1 ''Pressurized Systems For Experimental Use'', the pressure vessel design criteria is required to comply with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code In 1996 a Preliminary Design Review was held at BNL. The vendor was requested to furnish drawings so that we could confirm that the design met the above criteria. The vendor furnished drawings did not have all dimensions necessary to completely analyze the cell. Never the less, we performed an analysis on as much of the vessel as we could with the available information. The calculations concluded that there were twelve areas of concern that had to be addressed to assure that the pressure vessel complied with the requirements of the ASME code. This information was forwarded to the vendor with the understanding that they would resolve these concerns as they continued with the vessel design and fabrication. The assembled amplifier pressure vessel was later hydro tested to 220 psi (15 Atm) as well as pneumatically to 181 psi (12.5 Atm) at the fabricator's Russian facility and was witnessed by a BNL engineer. The unit was shipped to the

  20. Generation and parametric amplification of femtosecond radiation up to terawatt power in the mid-infrared

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    Trunov, V. I.; Frolov, S. A.; Pestryakov, E. V.

    2015-11-01

    Nonlinear optical schemes for generation of terawatt femtosecond pulses in the range of 2-10 μm using multiterawatt laser radiation of the two-channel system created in the ILP SB RAS are presented and discussed. It is shown that the use of large aperture LBO crystals and AgGaGeS4 for difference frequency generation and parametric amplification enables to generate a wideband radiation in the range of 2-10 μm.

  1. The TARANIS laser : A multi-terawatt system for laser plasma physics

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    Lewis, C. L. S.; Nersisyan, G.; Borghesi, M.; Doria, D.; Dromey, B.; Dzelzainis, T.; Makita, M.; McKeever, K.; Riley, D.; White, S.; Marlow, D.; Williams, G.; Zepf, M.

    2012-11-01

    The Terawatt Apparatus for Relativistic And Non-linear Interdisciplinary Science (TARANIS), installed in the Centre for Plasma Physics at the Queen's University Belfast, supports a wide ranging science program, including laser-driven particle acceleration, X-ray lasers and high energy density physics experiments. We present (1) an overview of the laser facility, (2) results of preliminary investigations on proton acceleration, laser action at 13.9 nm and Kα sources and (3) speculation on future experiments using these extreme sources.

  2. Picosecond buildup and relaxation of intense stimulated emission in GaAs

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    Ageeva, N. N.; Bronevoi, I. L. Zabegaev, D. N.; Krivonosov, A. N.

    2013-04-15

    In support of the idea developed previously based on circumstantial evidence, we have found that stimulated emission emerges in GaAs and its intensity increases with a picosecond delay relative to the front of powerful picosecond optical pumping that produced a dense electron-hole plasma. The emission intensity relaxes with decreasing pumping with a characteristic time of {approx}10 ps. We have derived the dependences of the delay time, the relaxation time, and the duration of the picosecond emission pulse on its photon energy. The estimates based on the fact that the relaxation of emission is determined by electron-hole plasma cooling correspond to the measured relaxation time.

  3. Some results of the propagation of the high-power terawatt femtosecond laser radiation in different media

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    Babushkin, P. A.; Burnashov, A. V.; Iglakova, A. N.; Kovaleva, S. F.; Medvedenko, I. A.

    2015-12-01

    The results of laboratory experiments and numerical calculation of propagation of high-power terawatt femtosecond laser radiation via different media (air, glass and water) are represented. The experiments have been made on femtosecond Ti:Sa-laser system of IAO SB RAS. The spatial features of high-power terawatt femtosecond laser radiation are presented also. The ability of control of the position of the beginning of the field filamentation and angle of divergence of supercontinuum on high-power terawatt femtosecond laser radiation via plane parallel plate (glass) are found. The values of the location of the high value of the backscattering depending on filamentation conditions and the characteristics of supercontinuum and lidar system are obtained. The ability of the remote sensing of cirrus clouds with the help of high-power terawatt femtosecond laser radiation is discussed. The results of interactions of high-power terawatt femtosecond laser radiation and ice hexagonal plate crystal depending upon location of this crystal and filamentation conditions are represented.

  4. Simultaneous High-Resolution 2-Dimensional Spatial and 1-Dimensional Picosecond Streaked X-ray Pinhole Imaging

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    Steel, A B; Nagel, S R; Dunn, J; Baldis, H A

    2012-05-03

    A Kentech x-ray streak camera was run at the LLNL Compact Multipulse Terawatt (COMET) laser to record simultaneous space- and time-resolved measurements of picosecond laser-produced plasmas. Four different x-ray energy channels were monitored using broad-band filters to record the time history of Cu targets heated at irradiances of 10{sup 16} - 10{sup 19} W/cm{sup 2}. Through the Cu filter channel, a time-resolution below 3ps was obtained. Additionally, an array of 10 {micro}m diameter pinholes was placed in front of the camera to produce multiple time-resolved x-ray images on the photocathode and time-integrated images on the phosphor with 10 and 15 times magnification, respectively, with spatial resolution of <13 {micro}m.

  5. Underwater acoustic wave generation by filamentation of terawatt ultrashort laser pulses

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    Jukna, Vytautas; Jarnac, Amélie; Milián, Carles; Brelet, Yohann; Carbonnel, Jérôme; André, Yves-Bernard; Guillermin, Régine; Sessarego, Jean-Pierre; Fattaccioli, Dominique; Mysyrowicz, André; Couairon, Arnaud; Houard, Aurélien

    2016-06-01

    Acoustic signals generated by filamentation of ultrashort terawatt laser pulses in water are characterized experimentally. Measurements reveal a strong influence of input pulse duration on the shape and intensity of the acoustic wave. Numerical simulations of the laser pulse nonlinear propagation and the subsequent water hydrodynamics and acoustic wave generation show that the strong acoustic emission is related to the mechanism of superfilamention in water. The elongated shape of the plasma volume where energy is deposited drives the far-field profile of the acoustic signal, which takes the form of a radially directed pressure wave with a single oscillation and a very broad spectrum.

  6. Underwater acoustic wave generation by filamentation of terawatt ultrashort laser pulses.

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    Jukna, Vytautas; Jarnac, Amélie; Milián, Carles; Brelet, Yohann; Carbonnel, Jérôme; André, Yves-Bernard; Guillermin, Régine; Sessarego, Jean-Pierre; Fattaccioli, Dominique; Mysyrowicz, André; Couairon, Arnaud; Houard, Aurélien

    2016-06-01

    Acoustic signals generated by filamentation of ultrashort terawatt laser pulses in water are characterized experimentally. Measurements reveal a strong influence of input pulse duration on the shape and intensity of the acoustic wave. Numerical simulations of the laser pulse nonlinear propagation and the subsequent water hydrodynamics and acoustic wave generation show that the strong acoustic emission is related to the mechanism of superfilamention in water. The elongated shape of the plasma volume where energy is deposited drives the far-field profile of the acoustic signal, which takes the form of a radially directed pressure wave with a single oscillation and a very broad spectrum. PMID:27415357

  7. A 10-Hz Terawatt Class Ti:Sapphire Laser System: Development and Applications

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    Sharma, A.K.; Smedley, J.; Tsang, T.; Rao, T.

    2010-01-12

    We developed a two stage Ti:Sapphire laser system to generate 16 mJ/80fs laser pulses at the pulse repetition rate of 10 Hz. The key deriver for the present design is implementing a highly efficient symmetric confocal pre-amplifier and employing a simple, inexpensive synchronization scheme relying only on a commercial digital delay-generator. We characterized the amplified pulses in spatial-, spectral-, and temporal-domains. The laser system was used to investigate various nonlinear optical processes, and to modify the optical properties of metal- and semiconductor-surfaces. We are currently building a third amplifier to boost the laser power to the multi-terawatt range.

  8. Picosecond DPSS laser technology for OPCPA pumping

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    Vaupel, Andreas; Bodnar, Nathan; Webb, Benjamin; Shah, Lawrence; Richardson, Martin

    2014-02-01

    We present the design and challenges of a diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) system to amplify picosecond pulses to high pulse energies and high average powers. We discuss our implemented solutions to mitigate thermal effects and present the obtained performance of the picosecond pulse amplification at the multi-10-MW level. Our here presented picosecond DPSS laser is well suited for pumping an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) system. Several laser technologies have been employed to pump OPCPA systems and we show how our DPSS system compares in performance to the other approaches.

  9. Transport in ultra-dense plasmas produced by a picosecond laser pulse

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    Mehlman, G.; Burkhalter, P. G.; Newman, D. A.

    1992-03-01

    This report presents recent experimental results obtained with the Table Top Terawatt laser at the Ultrafast Science Laboratory (University of Michigan). Interaction of the picosecond laser pulse with an overdense plasma was investigated with spectroscopic observations in the XUV range using a compact 1 m grazing incidence spectrograph. The emission from laser-irradiated targets made of silicon wafers coated with aluminum layers of variable thicknesses (from 100 to 5000 A) was recorded to allow spectral line intensity measurements from silicon and aluminum L-shell ions. The experiment was conducted using laser irradiation at both wavelengths lambda L = 1.06 or 0.53 microns. The laser energy penetration depths were derived from the variation of the XUV spectral intensities with the different layer thicknesses. The values obtained cover the range 300-700 A at lambda L = 1.06 microns and 250-400 A at lambda L = 0.53 microns. The smaller penetration depth determined at the laser doubled frequency corroborates earlier x-ray results in the keV range at the same laboratory. The penetration depths derived provide a better understanding of the electron heat transport phenomena, supporting in particular the assumption of thermal condition in an overdense plasma.

  10. Picosecond x-ray science.

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    Landahl, E.; Reis, D.; Wang, J.; Young, L.

    2006-01-01

    The report discusses the exciting times for short pulse X-rays and the current users of the technology in the United States. Tracking nuclear motions with X-rays transcends scientific disciplines and includes Biology, Materials Science, Condensed Matter and Chemistry. 1 picosecond accesses many phenomena previously hidden at 100ps. Synchrotron advantage over laser plasma and LCLS is that it's easily tunable. There is a large and diverse user community of this technology that is growing rapidly. A working group is being formed to implement 'fast track' Phases 1 and 2 which includes tunable, polarized, monochromatic, focused X-rays; variable pulse length (1 to 100ps) and 1 kHz, 10{sup 9} X-rays/s with 1% bandwidth. ERL would be a major advance for ultrafast time-resolved studies.

  11. Fundamentals of picosecond laser ultrasonics.

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    Matsuda, Osamu; Larciprete, Maria Cristina; Li Voti, Roberto; Wright, Oliver B

    2015-02-01

    The aim of this article is to provide an introduction to picosecond laser ultrasonics, a means by which gigahertz-terahertz ultrasonic waves can be generated and detected by ultrashort light pulses. This method can be used to characterize materials with nanometer spatial resolution. With reference to key experiments, we first review the theoretical background for normal-incidence optical detection of longitudinal acoustic waves in opaque single-layer isotropic thin films. The theory is extended to handle isotropic multilayer samples, and is again compared to experiment. We then review applications to anisotropic samples, including oblique-incidence optical probing, and treat the generation and detection of shear waves. Solids including metals and semiconductors are mainly discussed, although liquids are briefly mentioned. PMID:24998119

  12. Carrier-envelope phase stabilization of a terawatt level chirped pulse amplifier for generation of intense isolated attosecond pulses.

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    Gademann, Georg; Plé, Fabien; Paul, Pierre-Mary; Vrakking, Marc J J

    2011-12-01

    We demonstrate the first carrier-envelope phase (CEP)-stabilized chirped pulse amplification system with pulse peak-powers in the terawatt regime. The system, which eventually is intended to be used in the generation of isolated attosecond pulses, consists of two consecutive multipass amplification stages. The first amplification stage is a commercial CEP-stable kHz system including a single 13-pass amplifier reaching a pulse energy of 2.3 mJ. Pulses are picked after the first stage at a repetition rate of 50 Hz and are further amplified in a 5-pass power-amplifier to pulse energies that reach up to 80 mJ before compression. After compression the pulse energy is 35mJ at a pulse duration of 32 fs, signifying a peak power of 1.1 terawatt. Peak-powers exceeding 1.5 TW should easily be achievable by improving the efficiency of the grating compressor. The CEP-stability of the terawatt system is demonstrated by single shot measurements of the residual CEP jitter at the full repetition rate and show an excellent root-mean-square value of 315 mrad. PMID:22273885

  13. Design and experimental results on a terawatt magnetically controlled plasma opening switch

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    Savage, M.E.; Simpson, W.W.; Mendel, C.W. Jr.; McDaniel, D.H.; Levine, J.S.; Tucker, T.S.

    1998-05-01

    The magnetically controlled plasma opening switch (MCPOS) is an advanced plasma opening switch that utilizes magnetic fields to improve operation. Magnetic fields always dominate terawatt, pulsed power plasma opening switches. For that reason, the MCPOS uses controlled applied magnetic fields with magnitude comparable to the self-magnetic field of the storage inductor. One applied field holds the plasma in place while energy accumulates in the storage inductor, then another applied field pushes the plasma away from the cathode to allow energy to flow downstream. Over a ten month period, an MCPOS was designed, built, and tested on DECADE Module 2 at Physics International. The peak drive current was 1.8 MA in 250 ns. The output parameters were up to 1 MA into an electron beam load. The radiation temporal pulse width averaged 60 nanoseconds full-width at half-maximum. The peak load voltage ranged from one to two megavolts. The experiments demonstrated efficient power flow through a long, low-impedance magnetically insulated transmission line between the magnetically controlled plasma opening switch and the load.

  14. MeV electron acceleration by sub-terawatt laser pulses in near critical density plasmas

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    Goers, Andy; Hine, George; Feder, Linus; Miao, Bo; Salehi, Fatholah; Milchberg, Howard

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate laser-plasma acceleration of high charge electron beams to the 10 MeV scale using ultrashort laser pulses with as little energy as 10 mJ. This result is made possible by an extremely dense and thin hydrogen gas jet where even sub-terawatt laser pulses are well above the critical power for relativistic self-focusing, and the 10 mJ pulses can drive a self-modulated wakefield accelerator. Total charge up to 0.5 nC is measured for energies >1 MeV. Acceleration is correlated to the presence of an intense, coherent, broadband light flash, associated with wavebreaking, which can radiate more than 3% of the laser energy in a sub-femtosecond bandwidth consistent with half-cycle optical emission. Our results enable truly portable applications of laser-driven acceleration, such as low dose radiography, ultrafast probing of matter, and isotope production. This work supported by DTRA and the US Department of Energy.

  15. Airbreathing Laser Propulsion Experiments with 1 {mu}m Terawatt Pharos IIILaser: Part 2

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    Myrabo, L. N.; Lyons, P. W.; Jones, R. A.; Liu, S.; Manka, C.

    2011-11-10

    This basic research study examines the physics of airbreathing laser propulsion at the extreme flux range of 1-2x10{sup 11} W/cm{sup 2}--within the air breakdown threshold for l {mu}m radiation--using the terawatt Pharos III neodymium-glass pulsed laser. Six different experimental setups were employed using a 34 mm line focus with 66 {mu}m focal waist, positioned near the flat impulse surface. The 2nd Campaign investigated impulse generation with the laser beam focused at grazing incidence across near horizontal target surfaces, with pulse energies ranging from 55 to 186 J, and pulse-widths of 2 to 30 ns FWHM. Laser generated impulse was measured with a horizontal Plexiglas registered ballistic pendulum equipped with either a steel target insert or 0.5 Tesla permanent magnet (NEIT-40), to quantify changes in the momentum coupling coefficient (C{sub M}). Part 2 of this 2-part paper covers Campaign no. 2 results including C{sub M} performance data, and long exposure color photos of LP plasma phenomena.

  16. Airbreathing Laser Propulsion Experiments with 1 {mu}m Terawatt Pharos III Laser: Part 1

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    Myrabo, L. N.; Lyons, P. W.; Jones, R. A.; Liu, S.; Manka, C.

    2011-11-10

    This basic research study examines the physics of airbreathing laser propulsion at the extreme flux range of 1-2x10{sup 11} W/cm{sup 2}--within the air breakdown threshold for l {mu}m radiation--using the terawatt PHAROS III neodymium-glass pulsed laser. Six different experimental setups were tested using a 34 mm line focus with 66 {mu}m focal waist, positioned near the flat impulse surface. The first campaign investigated impulse generation with the beam oriented almost normal to the target surface, with energies ranging from 23 to 376 J, and pulses of 5 to 30 ns FWHM. Air breakdown/ plasma dynamics were diagnosed with GOI cameras and color photography. Laser generated impulse was quantified with both vertical pendulums and piezoelectric pressure transducers using the standard performance metric, C{sub M}--the momentum coupling coefficient. Part 1 of this 2-part paper covers Campaign no. 1 results including laser plasma diagnostics, pressure gage and vertical pendulum data.

  17. Diagnosing Pulsed Power Produced Plasmas with X-ray Thomson Scattering at the Nevada Terawatt Facility

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    Valenzuela, J. C.; Krauland, C.; Mariscal, D.; Krasheninnikov, I.; Beg, F. N.; Wiewior, P.; Covington, A.; Presura, R.; Ma, T.; Niemann, C.; Mabey, P.; Gregori, G.

    2015-11-01

    We present experimental results on X-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS) at the Nevada Terawatt Facility (NTF) to study current driven plasmas. Using the Leopard laser, ~ 30 J and pulse width of 0.8 ns, we generated He- α emission (4.75 keV) from a thin Ti foil. Initial parameter scans showed that the optimum intensity is ~ 1015W/cm2 with a foil thickness of 2 μm for forward X-ray production. Bandwidth measurements of the source, using a HAPG crystal in the Von Hamos configuration, were found to be ΔE/E ~ 0.01. Giving the scattering angle of our experimental setup of 129 degrees and X-ray probing energy, the non-collective regime was accessed. The ZEBRA load was a 3 mm wide, 500 μm thick, and 10 mm long graphite foil, placed at one of the six current return posts. Estimates of the plasma temperature, density and ionization state were made by fitting the scattering spectra with dynamic structure factor calculations based on the random phase approximation for the treatment of charged particle coupling. The work was partially funded by the Department of Energy grant number DE-NA0001995.

  18. Staged Z-pinch Simulations for the UNR, Nevada Terawatt Zebra Facility

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    Ney, Paul; Rahman, Hafiz; Wessel, Frank; Narkis, Jeff; Valenzuela, Julio; Beg, Farhat; Presura, Radu; Darling, Tim; McKee, Erik; Covington, Aaron

    2015-11-01

    We simulate a Staged Z-pinch imploded on the 1 MA, 130 ns, 100 kJ, Nevada Terawatt Zebra Facility. The load is a magnetized, cylindrical, double gas-puff, plasma liner imploding onto a plasma target. Simulations use the 2-1/2 D, radiation-MHD code, MACH2. Three different liner gases are evaluated: Ar, Kr, and Xe and the target is either: DD, or DT, with a liner-plasma radius of: 1.0 cm and 2.0 cm, and a 5.0-mm thickness. Initial conditions are optimized to produce the highest neutron yield. Shocks propagate at different speeds in the liner and target, leading to a shock front at the interface. Magnetosonic shock waves pre-heat the target plasma and provide a stable implosion. The shock front provides a secondary conduction channel which builds up during implosion. The axial magnetic field controls the MRT instability and traps α-particles, leading to ignition. Magnetic flux is compressed, and at peak parameters the magnetic field and current density exceed, by an order of magnitude, values outside the pinch, providing a magneto-inertial confinement. A smaller radius provides 102 -103 × higher neutron yield. Funded by the US Department of Energy, ARPA-E, Control Number 1184-1527.

  19. Passively CEP-stabilized frontend for few cycle terawatt OPCPA system

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    Budriūnas, Rimantas; Stanislauskas, Tomas; Varanavičius, Arūnas

    2015-09-01

    We report the recent results on development of a CEP-stable 1 kHz repetition rate TW-class OPCPA system driven by femtosecond Yb:KGW and picosecond Nd:YAG pump sources. Seed pulses with spectra spanning over an octave are produced in a continuum generator pumped by CEP-stable pulses from a difference frequency generator operated at 1.3-1.6 μm. After amplification in NOPA, pulses with energy up to 70 μJ and spectra supporting durations of 5 fs are obtained. Sub-70 mrad CEP jitter at the output of system frontend is demonstrated.

  20. Lidar receivers for picosecond remote sensing

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    Stoyanov, D. V.; Dreischuh, T. N.

    1992-01-01

    The lidars of picosecond resolution are an attractive tool for remote probing of some highly dynamic objects like sea subsurface waters, small-scale turbulences in the atmosphere, etc. The picosecond lasers are suitable illuminating sources, but the main restrictions are due to the lack of proper receiving methods, combining the both high temporal and amplitude resolution, good sensitivity, short integration time, and wide dynamic range. The methods for short pulse measurements are not suitable for picosecond lidars, operating at low level, with highly dynamic signals. The streak-cameras are of high cost, lower sensitivity, and lower dynamic range (approximately 10(exp 3)). Because of the background, the single quantum regime in photomultipliers (PMT) is ineffective. The sampling of highly dynamic optical signals with resolution less than or equal to 1ns is a serious problem, limiting the application of the high speed PMT-MCP (microchannel plate) in the picosecond lidar systems. The goal of this work is to describe the use of a new photodetection technique which combines the picosecond resolution with the high amplitude resolution, dynamic range, and sensitivity.

  1. Analysis of Picosecond Pulsed Laser Melted Graphite

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    Steinbeck, J.; Braunstein, G.; Speck, J.; Dresselhaus, M. S.; Huang, C. Y.; Malvezzi, A. M.; Bloembergen, N.

    1986-12-01

    A Raman microprobe and high resolution TEM have been used to analyze the resolidified region of liquid carbon generated by picosecond pulse laser radiation. From the relative intensities of the zone center Raman-allowed mode for graphite at 1582 cm{sup -1} and the disorder-induced mode at 1360 cm{sup -1}, the average graphite crystallite size in the resolidified region is determined as a function of position. By comparison with Rutherford backscattering spectra and Raman spectra from nanosecond pulsed laser melting experiments, the disorder depth for picosecond pulsed laser melted graphite is determined as a function of irradiating energy density. Comparisons of TEM micrographs for nanosecond and picosecond pulsed laser melting experiments show that the structure of the laser disordered regions in graphite are similar and exhibit similar behavior with increasing laser pulse fluence.

  2. Design of a Command-Triggered Plasma Opening Switch for Terawatt Applications

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    SAVAGE,MARK E.; MENDEL,C.W.; SEIDEL,DAVID B.

    1999-10-29

    Inductive energy storage systems can have high energy density, lending to smaller, less expensive systems. The crucial element of an inductive energy storage system is the opening switch. This switch must conduct current while energy is stored in an inductor, then open quickly to transfer this energy to a load. Plasma can perform this function. The Plasma Opening Switch (POS) has been studied for more than two decades. Success with the conventional plasma opening switch has been limited. A system designed to significantly improve the performance of vacuum opening switches is described in this paper. The gap cleared of plasma is a rough figure-of-merit for vacuum opening switches. Typical opened gaps of 3 mm are reported for conventional switches. The goal for the system described in this paper is more than 3 cm. To achieve this, the command-triggered POS adds an active opening mechanism, which allows complete separation of conduction and opening. This separation is advantageous because of the widely different time scales of conduction and opening. The detrimental process of magnetic field penetration into the plasma during conduction is less important in this switch. The opening mechanism duration is much shorter than the conduction time, so penetration during opening is insignificant. Opening is accomplished with a fast magnetic field that pushes plasma out of the switch region. Plasma must be removed from the switch region to allow high voltage. This paper describes some processes important during conduction and opening, and show calculations on the trigger requirements. The design of the switch is shown. This system is designed to demonstrate both improved performance and nanosecond output jitter at levels greater than one terawatt. An amplification mechanism is described which reduces the trigger energy. Particle-in-cell simulations of the system are also shown.

  3. Picosecond lasers with the dynamical operation control

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    Mikheev, N. G.; Morozov, V. B.; Olenin, A. N.; Yakovlev, D. V.

    2016-04-01

    Numerical model for simulation of generation process in advanced pulse-periodic high-peak-power picosecond diode-pumped Nd:YAG and Nd:YLF lasers has been developed. The model adequately describes picosecond pulse formation governed by active and passive mode-locking, negative feedback and adjustable loss level in the oscillator cavity. Optical jitter of output pulses attributed to laser generation development from spontaneous noise level was evaluated using statistical analysis of calculation results. In the presented laser scheme, minimal jitter value on the level ~40 ps was estimated.

  4. Production of Multi-Terawatt Time-Structured CO{sub 2} Laser Pulses for Ion Acceleration

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    Haberberger, Dan; Tochitsky, Sergei; Gong Chao; Joshi, Chan

    2010-11-04

    The UCLA Neptune Laboratory CO{sub 2} laser system has been recently upgraded to produce 3ps multi-terawatt 10{mu}m laser pulses. The laser energy is distributed over several 3 ps pulses separated by 18 ps. These temporally structured pulses are applied for laser driven ion acceleration in an H{sub 2} gas jet at a measured plasma density of 2x10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}. Protons in excess of 20 MeV have been observed in the forward direction and with energy spreads ({Delta}E/E{approx}10%).

  5. Development of rike techniques using picosecond lasers

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    Schauer, M.W.; Pellin, M.J.; Biwer, B.M.; Gruen, D.M.

    1987-09-25

    The sensitivity of the Raman-induced Kerr effect is greatly enhanced through the use of picosecond lasers. Experiments in dilute solutions of benzene indicate that sensitivity at the monolayer level is achievable. Applications to transparent media, to fluorescing samples, and to in situ measurements of electrode surfaces are discussed.

  6. Ultrasensitive coherent Raman technique with picosecond lasers

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    Schauer, M.W.; Pellin, M.J.; Biwer, B.M.; Gruen, D.M.

    1986-01-01

    The sensitivity of the Raman-induced Kerr effect is greatly enhanced through the use of picosecond lasers. Experiments in dilute solutions of benzene indicate that sensitivity at the monolayer level is achievable. Applications to transparent media, to fluorescing samples, and to in situ measurements of electrode surfaces are discussed.

  7. Electron acceleration in preformed plasma channels with terawatt CO{sub 2} laser

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    Pogorelsky, I.V.

    1995-02-01

    Extended cylindrical plasma channels produced under gas breakdown by axicon-focused laser beams may be used as optical waveguides in laser-driven electron accelerators. Plasma channeling of the laser beams will help to maintain a high acceleration gradient over many Rayleigh lengths. In addition, the rarefied gas density channel produced after the optical gas breakdown, and followed by a plasma column expansion, reduces multiple scattering of the electron beam. A high-power picosecond C0{sub 2}laser operational at the ATF and being further upgraded to the 1 TW level is considered as the source for a plasma channel formation and as the laser accelerator driver. We show how various laser accelerator schemes including beat wave, wake field, and Inverse Cherenkov accelerator benefit from using a channeled short-pulse C0{sub 2}laser as a driver.

  8. Design of a Command-Triggered Plasma Opening Switch for Terawatt Applications

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    Mendel, Jr., C.W.; Savage, M.E.; Seidel, D.B.; Shoup, R.W.

    1999-06-23

    Inductive energy storage pulsed power systems can have high energy density, leading to smaller, less expensive systems. The crucial element of an inductive energy storage system is the opening switch. In microsecond and nanosecond pulsed power systems the plasma opening switch has been in use for more than twenty years. Though widely studied, application of the plasma opening switch (POS) has been limited in both performance ad understanding. The development of the triggered switch is aimed to address three important areas. First, complete de-coupling of the closed phase and the opening phase will allow improved performance, especialiy at longer conduction times. Second, the simplified physics allows for easier modeling because of a betterdefined geometry. Third, naturally, triggering will reduce jitter of the output pulse. Improving performance will allow longer conduction time, and triggering will negate the naturaIIy increased self- operating jitter at longer conduction time. The triggered switch system is based on moving the plasma switch armature with a magnetic field. Up unti} the time the armature is pushed away, it is held in place against the drive current magnetic pressure by a second magnetic field. We have demonstrated the components of this system [1], but never before has a plasma opening switch been opened by an independent signal. Our system is designed to deliver 1-2 terawatts of usable load power at multi-megavolt potentiak. We define usable load power as the product of load voltage and load cathode (boundary) current. The length of the vacuum storage inductor defines the 35 ns pulse length. This paper will show the design of the switch and rngger system, which is conservatively designed to provide a wide range of trigger signals. The trigger power for this system is important for cost reasons. The first experiments will use a trigger level of ten percent of the output pulse; we will describe design features intended to reduce the amount of

  9. Carrier-envelope-phase stabilized terawatt class laser at 1 kHz with a wavelength tunable option.

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    Langdon, Benjamin; Garlick, Jonathan; Ren, Xiaoming; Wilson, Derrek J; Summers, Adam M; Zigo, Stefan; Kling, Matthias F; Lei, Shuting; Elles, Christopher G; Wells, Eric; Poliakoff, Erwin D; Carnes, Kevin D; Kumarappan, Vinod; Ben-Itzhak, Itzik; Trallero-Herrero, Carlos A

    2015-02-23

    We demonstrate a chirped-pulse-amplified Ti:Sapphire laser system operating at 1 kHz, with 20 mJ pulse energy, 26 femtosecond pulse duration (0.77 terawatt), and excellent long term carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) stability. A new vibrational damping technique is implemented to significantly reduce vibrational noise on both the laser stretcher and compressor, thus enabling a single-shot CEP noise value of 250 mrad RMS over 1 hour and 300 mrad RMS over 9 hours. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the best long term CEP noise ever reported for any terawatt class laser. This laser is also used to pump a white-light-seeded optical parametric amplifier, producing 6 mJ of total energy in the signal and idler with 18 mJ of pumping energy. Due to preservation of the CEP in the white-light generated signal and passive CEP stability in the idler, this laser system promises synthesized laser pulses spanning multi-octaves of bandwidth at an unprecedented energy scale. PMID:25836493

  10. A carrier-envelope-phase stabilized terawatt class laser at 1 kHz with a wavelength tunable option

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    Trallero, C. A.; Langdon, B.; Garlick, J.; Ren, X.; Wilson, D. J.; Summers, A. M.; Zigo, S.; Kling, M. F.; Lei, S.; Elles, C. G.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Carnes, K. D.; Kumarappan, V.; Ben-Itzhak, I.

    2015-05-01

    We demonstrate a chirped-pulse-amplified Ti:Sapphire laser system operating at 1 kHz, with 20 mJ pulse energy, 26 femtosecond pulse duration (0.77 terawatt), and excellent long term carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) stability. A new vibrational damping technique is implemented to significantly reduce vibrational noise on both the laser stretcher and compressor, thus enabling a single-shot CEP noise value of 250 mrad RMS over 1 hour and 300 mrad RMS over 9 hours. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the best long term CEP noise ever reported for any terawatt class laser. This laser is also used to pump a white-light-seeded optical parametric amplifier, producing 6 mJ of total energy in the signal and idler. Due to preservation of the CEP in the white-light generated signal and passive CEP stability in the idler, this laser system promises synthesized laser pulses spanning multi-octaves of bandwidth at an unprecedented energy scale. NSF-MRI grant No:1229672, DOD-DURIP grant No. FA2386-12-1-3014, DOE grant No. DE-FG02-86ER13491, NSF Fellowship DGE-1247193 (DJW), and NDSEG Fellowship (AMS).

  11. Picosecond photoconductivity of natural and CVD diamonds

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    Garnov, Serge V.; Pimenov, Sergej M.; Ralchenko, Victor G.; Klimentov, Sergei M.; Konov, Vitali I.; Korotoushenko, K. G.; Obraztsova, E. D.; Plotnikova, S. P.; Sagatelyan, D. M.; Holly, Sandor

    1995-07-01

    Photoexcitation and recombination of nonequilibrium charge carriers in both natural gemstone diamonds and CVD (chemical vapor deposition) polycrystalline diamond films in UV spectrum regions have been investigated. Transient picosecond photoconductivity technique applied permitted to conduct measurements with the time resolution better than 200 picoseconds and to register a charge carrier concentration value as low as 1020 - 1013 cm-3. The dependencies of photocurrent amplitude as a function of incident laser radiation intensity in the range from 103 to 1010 W/cm2 have been obtained. Charge carrier lifetimes had been measured and charge carrier drift mobility were estimated. It is shown that the electronic properties of high quality thick CVD diamond films are comparable to those of the most perfect natural type IIa crystals. Investigation of Raman and luminescence spectra of diamonds have been performed along with scanning electron microscopy studies to characterize bulk and surface structure of tested specimens.

  12. Double regenerative amplification of picosecond pulses

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    Bai, Zhen-ao; Chen, Li-yuan; Bai, Zhen-xu; Chen, Meng; Li, Gang

    2012-04-01

    An double Nd:YAG regenerative amplification picosecond pulse laser is demonstrated under the semiconductor saturable absorption mirror(SESAM) mode-locking technology and regenerative amplification technology, using BBO crystal as PC electro-optic crystal. The laser obtained is 20.71ps pulse width at 10 KHz repetition rate, and the energy power is up to 4W which is much larger than the system without pre-amplification. This result will lay a foundation for the following amplification.

  13. High Power Picosecond Laser Pulse Recirculation

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    Shverdin, M Y; Jovanovic, I; Semenov, V A; Betts, S M; Brown, C; Gibson, D J; Shuttlesworth, R M; Hartemann, F V; Siders, C W; Barty, C P

    2010-04-12

    We demonstrate a nonlinear crystal-based short pulse recirculation cavity for trapping the second harmonic of an incident high power laser pulse. This scheme aims to increase the efficiency and flux of Compton-scattering based light sources. We demonstrate up to 36x average power enhancement of frequency doubled sub-millijoule picosecond pulses, and 17x average power enhancement of 177 mJ, 10 ps, 10 Hz pulses.

  14. Parametric instabilities in picosecond time scales

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    Baldis, H.A.; Rozmus, W.; Labaune, C.; Mounaix, Ph.; Pesme, D.; Baton, S.; Tikhonchuk, V.T.

    1993-03-01

    The coupling of intense laser light with plasmas is a rich field of plasma physics, with many applications. Among these are inertial confinement fusion (ICF), x-ray lasers, particle acceleration, and x-ray sources. Parametric instabilities have been studied for many years because of their importance to ICF; with laser pulses with duration of approximately a nanosecond, and laser intensities in the range 10{sup 14}--10{sup 15}W/cm{sup 2} these instabilities are of crucial concern because of a number of detrimental effects. Although the laser pulse duration of interest for these studies are relatively long, it has been evident in the past years that to reach an understanding of these instabilities requires their characterization and analysis in picosecond time scales. At the laser intensities of interest, the growth rate for stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) is of the order of picoseconds, and of an order of magnitude shorter for stimulated Raman scattering (SRS). In this paper the authors discuss SBS and SRS in the context of their evolution in picosecond time scales. They describe the fundamental concepts associated with their growth and saturation, and recent work on the nonlinear treatment required for the modeling of these instabilities at high laser intensities.

  15. A picosecond high pressure gas switch

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    Cravey, W.R.; Poulsen, P.P.; Pincosy, P.A.

    1992-06-01

    Work is being done to develop a high pressure gas switch (HPGS) with picosecond risetimes for UWB applications. Pulse risetimes on the order of 200 picoseconds have been observed at 1 kHz prf and 1 atmosphere. Calculations show that switching closure times on the order of tens of picoseconds can be achieved at high pressures and higher electric fields. A voltage hold-off of 1 MV/cm has been measured at 10 atmospheres and several MV/cm appears possible with the HPGS. With these high electric field levels, energy storage of tens of Joules in a reasonably sized package is achievable. Initial HPGS performance has been characterized on the WASP pulse generator at LLNL. A detailed description of the switch used for initial testing is given. Switch recovery times of 1-ms have been measured at 1 atmosphere. Data on the switching uniformity, voltage hold-off recovery, and pulse repeatability, is presented. In addition, a physics switch model is described and results are compared with lab data.

  16. Picosecond electron-optic diagnostics in laser studies

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    Prokhorov, A. M.

    The papers included in this volume provide an overview of research aimed at the development of methods and instrumentation for ultrahigh-speed electron-optic detection and of their applications in laser physics, laser fusion, fiber-optic communication, picosecond spectroscopy, and photobiology. Topics discussed include the physics of a picosecond electron-optic converter, the aberration theory for cathode lenses, picosecond and subpicosecond laser sources, and a beam deflection system for a subpicosecond electron-optic converter.

  17. Development of 100 terawatt hybrid laser system on base of photochemically driven XeF(C-A) amplifier

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    Losev, V.; Alekseev, S.; Ivanov, N.; Kovalchuk, B.; Mikheev, L.; Mesyats, G.; Panchenko, Yu.; Ratakhin, N.; Yastremsky, A.

    2012-07-01

    Development of terawatt hybrid (solid state/gas) laser (THL-100) system on the basis of Ti:sapphire starting complex and photochemical XeF(C-A) amplifier with the aperture of 24 cm is presented. Laser system is built at Institute of High Current Electronics SD RAS, Tomsk, Russia. The results of numerical modeling of the output parameters are discussed and first experimental results are presented. Simulation is shown that active medium of XeF(C-A) amplifier has gain in range of (1.8-4.5)×10-3cm-1 and it allows to extract by femtosecond pulse up to 3 J. This promises 60 TW output power to be produced in 50 fs pulse. In the first experiments when 2 mJ and 1 ps pulse was injected in XeF(C-A) amplifier the ˜1 J output energy and ˜10 TW power of was obtained.

  18. Stimulated light forces using picosecond laser pulses

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    Bloch, Immanuel; Goepfert, A.; Haubrich, D.; Lison, F.; Schuetze, R.; Wynands, Robert; Meschede, Dieter

    1997-05-01

    Using the stimulated force exerted by counterpropagating picosecond laser pulses from a mode-locked Ti:Sapphire laser we were able to focus a beam of laser-cooled cesium atoms along one dimension to about 57% of its original width in the detection zone. The force profile was measured outside and inside the overlap region of the pulses and found to be in agreement with an earlier theoretical prediction. A brief theoretical account of the interaction of atoms with pulsed laser light based on the optical Bloch equations is given.

  19. Ultrasensitive coherent Raman technique with picosecond lasers

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    Schauer, M.W.; Pellin, M.J.; Biwer, B.M.; Gruen, D.M.

    1987-02-16

    The use of picosecond, Q-switched lasers and advanced polarization schemes has led to the development of a coherent Raman technique with the sensitivity of coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy experiments but without the troublesome phase-matching requirements. Experiments in dilute solutions of benzene indicate a limit of sensitivity for the current apparatus of 2.5 x 10/sup -4/ M in two minutes of signal averaging over 150 cm/sup -1/. Possible applications to the in situ study of passive films and thin films on transparent media are discussed.

  20. Picosecond High Pressure Gas Switch experiment

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    Cravey, W.R.; Freytag, E.K.; Goerz, D.A.; Poulsen, P.; Pincosy, P.A.

    1993-08-01

    A high Pressure Gas Switch has been developed and tested at LLNL. Risetimes on the order of 200 picoseconds have been observed at 1 kHz prf and 1 atmosphere pressures. Calculations show that switching closure times on the order of tens of picoseconds can be achieved at higher pressures and electric fields. A voltage hold-off of 1 MV/cm has been measured at 10 atmospheres and several MV/cm appears possible with the HPGS. With such high electric field levels, energy storage of tens of Joules in a reasonably sized package is achievable. Initial HPGS performance has been characterized using the WASP pulse generator at LLNL. A detailed description of the switch used for initial testing is given. Switch recovery times of 1-ms have been measured at 1 atmosphere. Data on the switching uniformity, voltage hold-off recovery, and pulse repeatability, is presented. In addition, a physics switch model is described and results are compared with experimental data. Modifications made to the WASP HV pulser in order to drive the HPGS will also be discussed. Recovery times of less than 1 ms were recorded without gas flow in the switch chambers. Low pressure synthetic air was used as the switch dielectric. Longer recovery times were required when it was necessary to over-voltage the switch.

  1. Picosecond laser ablation of porcine sclera

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    Góra, Wojciech S.; Harvey, Eleanor M.; Dhillon, Baljean; Parson, Simon H.; Maier, Robert R. J.; Hand, Duncan P.; Shephard, Jonathan D.

    2013-03-01

    Lasers have been shown to be successful in certain medical procedures and they have been identified as potentially making a major contribution to the development of minimally invasive procedures. However, the uptake is not as widespread and there is scope for many other applications where laser devices may offer a significant advantage in comparison to the traditional surgical tools. The purpose of this research is to assess the potential of using a picosecond laser for minimally invasive laser sclerostomy. Experiments were carried out on porcine scleral samples due to the comparable properties to human tissue. Samples were prepared with a 5mm diameter trephine and were stored in lactated Ringer's solution. After laser machining, the samples were fixed in 3% glutaraldehyde, then dried and investigated under SEM. The laser used in the experiments is an industrial picosecond TRUMPF TruMicro laser operating at a wavelength of 1030nm, pulse length of 6ps, repetition rate of 1 kHz and a focused spot diameter of 30μm. The laser beam was scanned across the samples with the use of a galvanometer scan head and various ablation patterns were investigated. Processing parameters (pulse energy, spot and line separation) which allow for the most efficient laser ablation of scleral tissue without introducing any collateral damage were investigated. The potential to create various shapes, such as linear incisions, square cavities and circular cavities was demonstrated.

  2. Timing characteristics of Large Area Picosecond Photodetectors

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    Adams, B. W.; Elagin, A.; Frisch, H. J.; Obaid, R.; Oberla, E.; Vostrikov, A.; Wagner, R. G.; Wang, J.; Wetstein, M.

    2015-09-01

    The LAPPD Collaboration was formed to develop ultrafast large-area imaging photodetectors based on new methods for fabricating microchannel plates (MCPs). In this paper we characterize the time response using a pulsed, sub-picosecond laser. We observe single-photoelectron time resolutions of a 20 cm × 20 cm MCP consistently below 70 ps, spatial resolutions of roughly 500 μm, and median gains higher than 107. The RMS measured at one particular point on an LAPPD detector is 58 ps, with ± 1σ of 47 ps. The differential time resolution between the signal reaching the two ends of the delay line anode is measured to be 5.1 ps for large signals, with an asymptotic limit falling below 2 ps as noise-over-signal approaches zero.

  3. Timing Characteristics of Large Area Picosecond Photodetectors

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    Adams, Bernhard W.; Elagin, Andrey L.; Frisch, H.; Obaid, Razib; Oberla, E; Vostrikov, Alexander; Wagner, Robert G.; Wang, Jingbo; Wetstein, Matthew J.; Northrop, R

    2015-09-21

    The LAPPD Collaboration was formed to develop ultralast large-area imaging photodetectors based on new methods for fabricating microchannel plates (MCPs). In this paper we characterize the time response using a pulsed, sub picosecond laser. We observe single photoelectron time resolutions of a 20 cm x 20 cm MCP consistently below 70 ps, spatial resolutions of roughly 500 pm, and median gains higher than 10(7). The RMS measured at one particular point on an LAPPD detector is 58 ps, with in of 47 ps. The differential time resolution between the signal reaching the two ends of the delay line anode is measured to be 5.1 ps for large signals, with an asymptotic limit falling below 2 ps as noise-over-signal approaches zero.

  4. Patterning of ITO with picosecond lasers

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    Račiukaitis, Gediminas; Brikas, Marijus; Gedvilas, Mindaugas; Darčianovas, Gediminas

    2007-02-01

    Indium-tin oxide (ITO) is the main material for making transparent electrodes in electronic devices and flat panel displays. Laser-direct-write technology has been widely used for patterning ITO. The well defined edges and good electrical isolation at a short separation are required for the modern OLED and RFID devices of high packing density. High repetition rate lasers with a short, picosecond pulse width offer new possibilities for high efficiency structuring of transparent conductors on glass and other substrates. The results of patterning the ITO film on glass with picosecond lasers at various wavelengths are presented. Laser radiation initiated ablation of the material, forming trenches in ITO. Profile of the trenches was analyzed with a phase contrast optical microscope, a stylus type profiler, SEM and AFM. Clean removal of the ITO layer was achieved with the 266 nm radiation when laser fluence was above the threshold at 0.20 J/cm2, while for the 355 nm radiation the threshold was higher, above 0.46 J/cm2. The glass substrate was damaged in the area where the fluence was higher than 1.55 J/cm2. The 532 nm radiation allowed getting well defined trenches, but a lot of residues in the form of dust were generated on the surface. UV radiation at the 266 nm provided the widest working window for ITO ablation without damage of the substrate. Use of UV laser radiation with fluences close to the ablation threshold made it possible to minimize surface contamination and the recast ridge formation during the process.

  5. Relativistically Self-Channeled Femtosecond Terawatt Lasers for High-Field Physics and X-Ray Generation

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    Borisov, A.B.; Boyer, K.; Cameron, S.M.; Luk, T.S.; McPherson, A.; Nelson, T.; Rhodes, C.K.

    1999-01-01

    Optical channeling or refractive guiding processes involving the nonlinear interaction of intense femtosecond optical pulses with matter in the self-focussing regime has created exciting opportunities for next-generation laser plasma-based x-ray sources and directed energy applications. This fundamentally new form of extended paraxial electromagnetic propagation in nonlinear dispersive media such as underdense plasma is attributed to the interplay between normal optical diffraction and intensity-dependent nonlinear focussing and refraction contributions in the dielectric response. Superposition of these mechanisms on the intrinsic index profile acts to confine the propagating energy in a dynamic self-guiding longitudinal waveguide structure which is stable for power transmission and robust compression. The laser-driven channels are hypothesized to support a degree of solitonic transport behavior, simultaneously stable in the space and time domains (group velocity dispersion balances self-phase modulation), and are believed to be self-compensating for diffraction and dispersion over many Rayleigh lengths in contrast with the defining characteristics of conventional diffractive imaging and beamforming. By combining concentrated power deposition with well-ordered spatial localization, this phenomena will also create new possibilities for production and regulation of physical interactions, including electron beams, enhanced material coupling, and self-modulated plasma wakefields, over extended gain distances with unprecedented energy densities. Harmonious combination of short-pulse x-ray production with plasma channeling resulting from a relativistic charge displacement nonlinearity mechanism in the terawatt regime (10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}) has been shown to generate high-field conditions conducive to efficient multi-kilovolt x-ray amplification and peak spectral brightness. Channeled optical propagation with intense short-pulse lasers is expected to impact several

  6. Picosecond photoresponse in van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Massicotte, M; Schmidt, P; Vialla, F; Schädler, K G; Reserbat-Plantey, A; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Tielrooij, K J; Koppens, F H L

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional crystals such as graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides demonstrate a range of unique and complementary optoelectronic properties. Assembling different two-dimensional materials in vertical heterostructures enables the combination of these properties in one device, thus creating multifunctional optoelectronic systems with superior performance. Here, we demonstrate that graphene/WSe2/graphene heterostructures ally the high photodetection efficiency of transition-metal dichalcogenides with a picosecond photoresponse comparable to that of graphene, thereby optimizing both speed and efficiency in a single photodetector. We follow the extraction of photoexcited carriers in these devices using time-resolved photocurrent measurements and demonstrate a photoresponse time as short as 5.5 ps, which we tune by applying a bias and by varying the transition-metal dichalcogenide layer thickness. Our study provides direct insight into the physical processes governing the detection speed and quantum efficiency of these van der Waals heterostuctures, such as out-of-plane carrier drift and recombination. The observation and understanding of ultrafast and efficient photodetection demonstrate the potential of hybrid transition-metal dichalcogenide-based heterostructures as a platform for future optoelectronic devices. PMID:26436565

  7. Dielectric breakdown induced by picosecond laser pulses

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    Smith, W. L.; Bechtel, J. H.; Bloembergen, N.

    1976-01-01

    The damage thresholds of transparent optical materials were investigated. Single picosecond pulses at 1.06 microns, 0.53 microns and 0.35 microns were obtained from a mode locked Nd-YAG oscillator-amplifier-frequency multiplier system. The pulses were Gaussian in space and time and permitted the determination of breakdown thresholds with a reproducibility of 15%. It was shown that the breakdown thresholds are characteristic of the bulk material, which included nine alkali halides, five different laser host materials, KDP, quartz, sapphire and calcium fluoride. The extension of the damage data to the ultraviolet is significant, because some indication was obtained that two- and three-photon absorption processes begin to play a role in determining the threshold. Throughout the visible region of the spectrum the threshold is still an increasing function of frequency, indicating that avalanche ionization is the dominant factor in determining the breakdown threshold. This was confirmed by a detailed study of the damage morphology with a high resolution microscope just above the threshold. The influence of self focusing is discussed, and evidence for beam distortion below the power threshold for complete self focusing is presented, confirming the theory of Marburger.

  8. Picosecond photoresponse in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Massicotte, M.; Schmidt, P.; Vialla, F.; Schädler, K. G.; Reserbat-Plantey, A.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Tielrooij, K. J.; Koppens, F. H. L.

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional crystals such as graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides demonstrate a range of unique and complementary optoelectronic properties. Assembling different two-dimensional materials in vertical heterostructures enables the combination of these properties in one device, thus creating multifunctional optoelectronic systems with superior performance. Here, we demonstrate that graphene/WSe2/graphene heterostructures ally the high photodetection efficiency of transition-metal dichalcogenides with a picosecond photoresponse comparable to that of graphene, thereby optimizing both speed and efficiency in a single photodetector. We follow the extraction of photoexcited carriers in these devices using time-resolved photocurrent measurements and demonstrate a photoresponse time as short as 5.5 ps, which we tune by applying a bias and by varying the transition-metal dichalcogenide layer thickness. Our study provides direct insight into the physical processes governing the detection speed and quantum efficiency of these van der Waals heterostuctures, such as out-of-plane carrier drift and recombination. The observation and understanding of ultrafast and efficient photodetection demonstrate the potential of hybrid transition-metal dichalcogenide-based heterostructures as a platform for future optoelectronic devices.

  9. Mitotic spindle studied using picosecond laser scissors

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    Baker, N. M.; Botvinick, E. L.; Shi, Linda; Berns, M. B.; Wu, George

    2006-08-01

    In previous studies we have shown that the second harmonic 532 nm, from a picosecond frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser, can cleanly and selectively disrupt spindle fiber microtubules in live cells (Botvinick et al 2004, Biophys. J. 87:4303-4212). In the present study we have ablated different locations and amounts of the metaphase mitotic spindle, and followed the cells in order to observe the fate of the irradiated spindle and the ability of the cell to continue through mitosis. Cells of the rat kangaroo line (PTK2) were stably transfected by ECFP-tubulin and, using fluorescent microscopy and the automated RoboLase microscope, (Botvinick and Berns, 2005, Micros. Res. Tech. 68:65-74) brightly fluorescent individual cells in metaphase were irradiated with 0.2447 nJ/micropulse corresponding to an irradiance of 1.4496*10^7 J/(ps*cm^2) . Upon irradiation the exposed part of the mitotic spindle immediately lost fluorescence and the following events were observed in the cells over time: (1) immediate contraction of the spindle pole towards the cut, (2) recovery of connection between pole and cut microtubule, (3) completion of mitosis. This system should be very useful in studying internal cellular dynamics of the mitotic spindle.

  10. Emerging ps-TW CO{sub 2} laser technology for high energy physics applications

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    Pogorelsky, I.V.

    1998-02-01

    A brief overview of laser acceleration techniques and a comparative analysis of the picosecond terawatt (ps-TW) CO{sub 2} laser technology versus T{sup 3} solid state lasers for prospective HEP applications. Special attention is given to two laser accelerator schemes. The first one is the far-field staged laser accelerator, STELLA, which is under exploration at the ATF using a CO{sub 2} laser. The second is a laser wakefield accelerator where ps-TW CO{sub 2} lasers have a great potential. Inverse to the laser accelerator, a prospective monochromatic x-ray source feasible at the ATF will also utilize a 50 MeV subpicosecond electron beam and the first ps-TW CO{sub 2} laser, PITER I.

  11. Optothermal response of plasmonic nanofocusing lens under picosecond laser irradiation

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    Du, Z.; Chen, C.; Traverso, L.; Xu, X.; Pan, L.; Chao, I.-H.; Lavine, A. S.

    2014-03-01

    This work studied the optothermal response of plasmonic nanofocusing structures under picosecond pulsed laser irradiation. The surface plasmon polariton is simulated to calculate the optical energy dissipation as the Joule heating source and the thermal transport process is studied using a two temperature model (TTM). At the picosecond time scale that we are interested in, the Fourier heat equation is used to study the electron thermal transport and the hyperbolic heat equation is used to study the lattice thermal transport. For comparison, the single temperature model (STM) is also studied. The difference between TTM and STM indicates that TTM provides more accurate estimates in the picosecond time scale and the STM results are only reliable when the local electron and lattice temperature difference is negligible.

  12. High power industrial picosecond laser from IR to UV

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    Saby, Julien; Sangla, Damien; Pierrot, Simonette; Deslandes, Pierre; Salin, François

    2013-02-01

    Many industrial applications such as glass cutting, ceramic micro-machining or photovoltaic processes require high average and high peak power Picosecond pulses. The main limitation for the expansion of the picosecond market is the cost of high power picosecond laser sources, which is due to the complexity of the architecture used for picosecond pulse amplification, and the difficulty to keep an excellent beam quality at high average power. Amplification with fibers is a good technology to achieve high power in picosecond regime but, because of its tight confinement over long distances, light undergoes dramatic non linearities while propagating in fibers. One way to avoid strong non linearities is to increase fiber's mode area. Nineteen missing holes fibers offering core diameter larger than 80μm have been used over the past few years [1-3] but it has been shown that mode instabilities occur at approximately 100W average output power in these fibers [4]. Recently a new fiber design has been introduced, in which HOMs are delocalized from the core to the clad, preventing from HOMs amplification [5]. In these so-called Large Pitch Fibers, threshold for mode instabilities is increased to 294W offering robust single-mode operation below this power level [6]. We have demonstrated a high power-high efficiency industrial picosecond source using single-mode Large Pitch rod-type fibers doped with Ytterbium. Large Pitch Rod type fibers can offer a unique combination of single-mode output with a very large mode area from 40 μm up to 100μm and very high gain. This enables to directly amplify a low power-low energy Mode Locked Fiber laser with a simple amplification architecture, achieving very high power together with singlemode output independent of power level or repetition rate.

  13. Molecular collision processes in the presence of picosecond laser pulses

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    Lee, H. W.; George, T. F.

    1979-01-01

    Radiative transitions in molecular collision processes taking place in the presence of picosecond pulses are studied within a semiclassical formalism. An expression for adiabatic potential surfaces in the electronic-field representation is obtained, which directly leads to the evaluation of transition probabilities. Calculations with a Landau-Zener-type model indicate that picosecond pulses can be much more effective in inducing transitions than a single long pulse of the same intensity and the same total energy, if the intensity is sufficiently high that the perturbation treatment is not valid.

  14. An All-Optical Picosecond Switch in Polydiacetylene

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    Abdeldayem, Hossin; Frazier, Donald O.; Paley, Mark S.

    2002-01-01

    Polydiacetylene derivative of 2-methyl-4-nitroaniline (PDAMNA) showed a picosecond switching property. This phenomenon was demonstrated by wave guiding a cw He-Ne laser collinearly with a mode-locked picosecond Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm through a hollow fiber coated on the inside with a thin film of PDAMNA. The z-scan investigations of PDAMNA thin film revealed that the PDAMNA system is a three level system and the switching is caused by excited state absorption of the He-Ne beam.

  15. Synchronization of sub-picosecond electron and laser pulses

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    Rosenzweig, J. B.; Le Sage, G. P.

    1999-07-12

    Sub-picosecond laser-electron synchronization is required to take full advantage of the experimental possibilities arising from the marriage of modern high intensity lasers and high brightness electron beams in the same laboratory. Two particular scenarios stand out in this regard, injection of ultra-short electron pulses in short wavelength laser-driven plasma accelerators, and Compton scattering of laser photons from short electron pulses. Both of these applications demand synchronization, which is sub-picosecond, with tens of femtosecond synchronization implied for next generation experiments. The design of a microwave timing modulator system is now being investigated in more detail.

  16. Synchronization of sub-picosecond electron and laser pulses

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    Rosenzweig, J.B.; Le Sage, G.P.

    1999-07-01

    Sub-picosecond laser-electron synchronization is required to take full advantage of the experimental possibilities arising from the marriage of modern high intensity lasers and high brightness electron beams in the same laboratory. Two particular scenarios stand out in this regard, injection of ultra-short electron pulses in short wavelength laser-driven plasma accelerators, and Compton scattering of laser photons from short electron pulses. Both of these applications demand synchronization, which is sub-picosecond, with tens of femtosecond synchronization implied for next generation experiments. The design of a microwave timing modulator system is now being investigated in more detail. (AIP) {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  17. Molecular Simulation of Cell Membrane Deformation by Picosecond Intense Electric Pulse.

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    Petrishia, Arockiasamy; Sasikala, Mohan

    2015-12-01

    The application of pulsed electric field is emerging as a new technique for cancer therapy. The irreversible electroporation is the major bioelectric effect to induce cell death. The pulsed electric field is transferred to target deep tissue non-invasively and precisely when the pulse duration is in picosecond regime. In this proposed work, the intense electric field with 100 ps pulse width is used for irreversible electroporation. If the electric field strength increases, the pore in the cell membrane enlarges, causing a loss of membrane intactness and the direct killing of cancer cells. This phenomenon is explored by molecular dynamics simulation. The electric field in the range of 0.8-5 V/nm is used for membrane dynamics. The membrane deformation occurs at the electric field of 5 V/nm. Picosecond pulsed electric field has a wealth of ultra-band spectrum, with extended time and enhanced spatial resolution and low signal distortion. The ultra-wide band antenna is used as a pulse delivery system for non-invasive skin cancer therapy. PMID:26054382

  18. Picosecond lasers: the next generation of short-pulsed lasers.

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    Freedman, Joshua R; Kaufman, Joely; Metelitsa, Andrea I; Green, Jeremy B

    2014-12-01

    Selective photothermolysis, first discussed in the context of targeted microsurgery in 1983, proposed that the optimal parameters for specific thermal damage rely critically on the duration over which energy is delivered to the tissue. At that time, nonspecific thermal damage had been an intrinsic limitation of all commercially available lasers, despite efforts to mitigate this by a variety of compensatory cooling mechanisms. Fifteen years later, experimental picosecond lasers were first reported in the dermatological literature to demonstrate greater efficacy over their nanosecond predecessors in the context of targeted destruction of tattoo ink. Within the last 4 years, more than a decade after those experiments, the first commercially available cutaneous picosecond laser unit became available (Cynosure, Westford, Massachusetts), and several pilot studies have demonstrated its utility in tattoo removal. An experimental picosecond infrared laser has also recently demonstrated a nonthermal tissue ablative capability in soft tissue, bone, and dentin. In this article, we review the published data pertaining to dermatology on picosecond lasers from their initial reports to the present as well as discuss forthcoming technology. PMID:25830248

  19. Picosecond lasers for tattoo removal: a systematic review.

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    Reiter, Ofer; Atzmony, Lihi; Akerman, Lehavit; Levi, Assi; Kershenovich, Ruben; Lapidoth, Moshe; Mimouni, Daniel

    2016-09-01

    Given that the pigment particles in tattoos have a relaxation time of <10 ns, picosecond lasers would be expected to be more effective than nanosecond lasers in tattoo removal. To systematically review the evidence regarding the effectiveness and safety of picosecond lasers for tattoo removal, Pubmed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), ClinicalTrials.gov, and reference lists were searched for relevant trials. The primary outcome was >70 % clearance of tattoo pigment. Secondary outcomes were 90-100 % clearance of tattoo pigment, number of laser sessions required, and adverse effects. Eight trials were included, six with human participants (160 participants) and 2 with animal models. Seven of the eight trials explored the usage of either 755, 758, 795, 1064, or 1064/532-nm picosecond lasers for black and blue ink tattoos. In the human trials, 69-100 % of tattoos showed over 70 % clearance of pigment after 1-10 laser treatments. Reported side effects included pain, hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation, blister formation and transient erythema, edema, and pinpoint bleeding. Included articles varied in type of laser investigated, mostly non-comparative studies and with a medium to high risk of bias. There is sparse evidence that picosecond lasers are more effective than their nanosecond counterparts for mainly black and blue ink tattoo removal, with minor side effects. PMID:27311768

  20. Picosecond Electric-Field-Induced Threshold Switching in Phase-Change Materials.

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    Zalden, Peter; Shu, Michael J; Chen, Frank; Wu, Xiaoxi; Zhu, Yi; Wen, Haidan; Johnston, Scott; Shen, Zhi-Xun; Landreman, Patrick; Brongersma, Mark; Fong, Scott W; Wong, H-S Philip; Sher, Meng-Ju; Jost, Peter; Kaes, Matthias; Salinga, Martin; von Hoegen, Alexander; Wuttig, Matthias; Lindenberg, Aaron M

    2016-08-01

    Many chalcogenide glasses undergo a breakdown in electronic resistance above a critical field strength. Known as threshold switching, this mechanism enables field-induced crystallization in emerging phase-change memory. Purely electronic as well as crystal nucleation assisted models have been employed to explain the electronic breakdown. Here, picosecond electric pulses are used to excite amorphous Ag_{4}In_{3}Sb_{67}Te_{26}. Field-dependent reversible changes in conductivity and pulse-driven crystallization are observed. The present results show that threshold switching can take place within the electric pulse on subpicosecond time scales-faster than crystals can nucleate. This supports purely electronic models of threshold switching and reveals potential applications as an ultrafast electronic switch. PMID:27541475

  1. Picosecond Electric-Field-Induced Threshold Switching in Phase-Change Materials

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    Zalden, Peter; Shu, Michael J.; Chen, Frank; Wu, Xiaoxi; Zhu, Yi; Wen, Haidan; Johnston, Scott; Shen, Zhi-Xun; Landreman, Patrick; Brongersma, Mark; Fong, Scott W.; Wong, H.-S. Philip; Sher, Meng-Ju; Jost, Peter; Kaes, Matthias; Salinga, Martin; von Hoegen, Alexander; Wuttig, Matthias; Lindenberg, Aaron M.

    2016-08-01

    Many chalcogenide glasses undergo a breakdown in electronic resistance above a critical field strength. Known as threshold switching, this mechanism enables field-induced crystallization in emerging phase-change memory. Purely electronic as well as crystal nucleation assisted models have been employed to explain the electronic breakdown. Here, picosecond electric pulses are used to excite amorphous Ag4In3Sb67Te26 . Field-dependent reversible changes in conductivity and pulse-driven crystallization are observed. The present results show that threshold switching can take place within the electric pulse on subpicosecond time scales—faster than crystals can nucleate. This supports purely electronic models of threshold switching and reveals potential applications as an ultrafast electronic switch.

  2. Picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination forms a monocrystalline silicon needle

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    Takahashi, Fuyuto; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Hidai, Hirofumi; Yamane, Keisaku; Morita, Ryuji; Omatsu, Takashige

    2016-02-01

    The formation of a monocrystalline silicon needle by picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination was demonstrated for the first time in this study. The dynamics of this silicon needle formation was further revealed by employing an ultrahigh-speed camera. The melted silicon was collected through picosecond pulse deposition to the dark core of the optical vortex, forming the silicon needle on a submicrosecond time scale. The needle was composed of monocrystalline silicon with the same lattice index (100) as that of the silicon substrate, and had a height of approximately 14 μm and a thickness of approximately 3 μm. Overlaid vortex pulses allowed the needle to be shaped with a height of approximately 40 μm without any changes to the crystalline properties. Such a monocrystalline silicon needle can be applied to devices in many fields, such as core-shell structures for silicon photonics and photovoltaic devices as well as nano- or microelectromechanical systems.

  3. Recent progress in picosecond pulse generation from semiconductor lasers

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    Auyeung, J. C.; Johnston, A. R.

    1982-01-01

    This paper reviews the recent progress in producing picosecond optical pulses from semiconductor laser diodes. The discussion concentrates on the mode-locking of a semiconductor laser diode in an external resonator. Transform-limited optical pulses ranging from several picoseconds to subpicosecond durations have been observed with active and passive mode-locking. Even though continuing research on the influence of impurities and defects on the mode-locking process is still needed, this technique has good promise for being utilized in fiber-optic communication systems. Alternative methods of direct electrical and optical excitation to produce ultrashort laser pulses are also described. They can generate pulses of similar widths to those obtained by mode-locking. The pulses generated will find applications in laser ranging and detector response measurement.

  4. Picosecond time-domain electromagnetic scattering from conducting cylinders

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    Robertson, W. M.; Kopcsay, G. V.; Arjavalingam, G.

    1991-12-01

    The microwave scattering properties of conducting cylinders are characterized by measuring their response to picosecond-duration electromagnetic pulses. The ultrafast electromagnetic transients are generated and detected with optoelectronically pulsed antennas. The time-domain response gives physical insight into the scattering process. In addition, Fourier analysis is used to obtain the frequency dependence of the scattered amplitude and phase from 15 to 140 GHz.

  5. Picosecond pulse shaping by spectral phase and amplitude manipulation.

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    Heritage, J P; Weiner, A M; Thurston, R N

    1985-12-01

    The temporal profile of ultrashort optical pulses may be tailored by physically manipulating the phase and the amplitude of frequency components that are spatially dispersed within a grating pulse compressor. Arbitrary pulse shapes may be synthesized subject only to the usual restrictions imposed by finite bandwidth and spatial resolution. We demonstrate this technique by generating a burst of evenly spaced picosecond pulses, a pulse doublet with odd field symmetry, and a burst of evenly spaced pulse doublets with odd field symmetry. PMID:19730501

  6. X-ray production with sub-picosecond laser pulses

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    Schappert, G.T.; Cobble, J.A.; Fulton, R.D.; Kyrala, G.A.

    1993-12-31

    The interaction of intense, sub-picosecond laser pulses with solid targets produces intense picosecond x-ray pulses. With focused laser pulses of several 10 {sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}, He-like and H-like line radiation from targets such as aluminum and silicon has been produced. The energy conversion efficiency from the laser pulse energy to the 1--2 keV line x-rays is nearly one percent. The duration of the line x-ray radiation is of the order of ten picoseconds, although this may be an upper estimate because of the temporal resolution of the x-ray streak camera. The spatial extent of the x-ray source region is only slightly larger than the laser focal spot, or about 10 {mu}m in diameter. With these characteristics, such x-ray sources emit an intensity of nearly 10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2}. Experiments and modeling which led to the above conclusions will be discussed.

  7. Picosecond VUV anti-Stokes Raman laser pumped by a KrF laser

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    Takahashi, Akihiko; Maeda, Mitsuo; Muraoka, Katsunori; Akazaki, Masanori

    1989-02-01

    Generation of picosecond vacuum ultraviolet pulses by anti-Stokes stimulated Raman Scattering (ASRS) in hydrogen gas is reported. A tunable picosecond KrF excimer laser (30 ps FWHM, 12 mJ) is used as a pump source, and a series of anti-Stokes lines up to the 9th order (128.8 nm) is efficiently generated. The transient effects due to the finite decay time of the Raman medium are discussed for the present picosecond ASRS experiment.

  8. Stimulated Raman scattering of picosecond pulses in a YVO4 crystal

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    Zong, N.; Zhang, X. F.; Li, C. M.; Cui, D. F.; Xu, Z. Y.; Zhang, H. J.; Wang, J. Y.

    2008-12-01

    Stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) with a picosecond pulse in YVO4 crystals in a transient state was investigated. The picosecond gain of YVO4 crystals pumped by a 532-nm laser evaluated by means of the threshold was 16.13 cm/GW.

  9. Signal averaging x-ray streak camera with picosecond jitter

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    Maksimchuk, A.; Kim, M.; Workman, J.; Korn, G.; Squier, J.; Du, D.; Umstadter, D.; Mourou, G.; Bouvier, M.

    1996-03-01

    We have developed an averaging picosecond x-ray streak camera using a dc-biased photoconductive switch as a generator of a high-voltage ramp. The streak camera is operated at a sweep speed of up to 8 ps/mm, shot-to-shot jitter is less than ±1 ps. The streak camera has been used to measure the time history of broadband x-ray emission from an ultrashort pulse laser-produced plasma. Accumulation of the streaked x-ray signals significantly improved the signal-to-noise ratio of the data obtained.

  10. Picosecond flash spectroscopic studies on ultraviolet stabilizers and stabilized polymers

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    Scott, G. W.

    1982-01-01

    Spectroscopic and excited state decay kinetics are reported for monomeric and polymeric forms of ultraviolet stabilizers in the 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)-benzotriazole and 2-hydroxybenzophenone classes. For some of these molecules in various solvents at room temperature, (1) ground state absorption spectra, (2) emission spectra, (3) picosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectra, (4) ground state absorption recovery kinetics, (5) emission kinetics, and (6) transient absorption kinetics are reported. In the solid state at low temperatures, emission spectra and their temperature dependent kinetics up to approximately 200K as well as, in one case, the 12K excitation spectra of the observed dual emission are also reported.

  11. Mechanical Properties of Nuclear Fuel Surrogates using Picosecond Laser Ultrasonics

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    David Hurley; Marat Khafizov; Farhad Farzbod; Eric Burgett

    2013-05-01

    Detailed understanding between microstructure evolution and mechanical properties is important for designing new high burnup nuclear fuels. In this presentation we discuss the use of picosecond ultrasonics to measure localize changes in mechanical properties of fuel surrogates. We develop measurement techniques that can be applied to investigate heterogeneous elastic properties caused by localize changes in chemistry, grain microstructure caused by recrystallization, and mechanical properties of small samples prepared using focused ion beam sample preparation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties

  12. High-power picosecond fiber source for coherent Raman microscopy

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    Kieu, Khanh; Saar, Brian G.; Holtom, Gary R.; Xie, X. Sunney; Wise, Frank W.

    2011-01-01

    We report a high-power picosecond fiber pump laser system for coherent Raman microscopy (CRM). The fiber laser system generates 3.5 ps pulses with 6 W average power at 1030 nm. Frequency doubling yields more than 2 W of green light, which can be used to pump an optical parametric oscillator to produce the pump and the Stokes beams for CRM. Detailed performance data on the laser and the various wavelength conversion steps are discussed, together with representative CRM images of fresh animal tissue obtained with the new source. PMID:19571996

  13. Picosecond dynamics of photoexcited carriers in interacting silicon nanocrystals

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    Kořínek, Miroslav; Trojánek, František; Hiller, Daniel; Gutsch, Sebastian; Zacharias, Margit; Kübel, Christian; Malý, Petr

    2016-07-01

    The non-radiative Auger carrier recombination plays an important role in physics and the application of semiconductor nanocrystals. Here we report on the effect of inter-nanocrystal carrier interaction on Auger recombination. We prepared a special set of samples containing silicon nanocrystals embedded in silicon oxide with well-defined geometry. The picosecond carrier recombination rate measured by femtosecond pump and probe technique was found to be strongly dependent on the inter-nanocrystal separation. The observed decrease of the decay rate with nanocrystal separation on the nanometer scale is interpreted in terms of the wave function overlap appearing in the relevant matrix element describing the recombination process.

  14. In Vitro picosecond ultrasonics in a single cell

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    Rossignol, C.; Chigarev, N.; Ducousso, M.; Audoin, B.; Forget, G.; Guillemot, F.; Durrieu, M. C.

    2008-09-01

    Ultrasonics signals at frequencies 5.7±0.1 and 6.8±0.1GHz are measured in two organelles of a single vegetal cell in vitro with a picosecond ultrasonic technique. Using standard values for cell optical index, ultrasound velocities of 1.6±0.1 and 2.0±0.1μm/ns are measured from several signals recorded in the vacuole and in the nucleus of a single Allium cepa cell, respectively. A 1μm lateral and 0.25μm depth resolution is attained.

  15. The Jefferson Lab Sub-picosecond X-ray Program

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    Boyce, J. R.; Benson, S. V.; Bohn, C. L.; Douglas, D. R.; Dylla, H. F.; Gubeli, J. F.; Happek, U.; Jordan, K.; Krafft, G. A.; Neil, G. R.; Piot, P.; Shinn, M. D.; Williams, G. P.

    2003-08-01

    The kW-class infrared (IR) Free Electron Laser (FEL) at Jefferson Lab had the capability of producing intracavity Thomson scattering of the IR off the electron beam thus producing high average flux, sub-picosecond x-rays. We have measured these x-rays and demonstrated the energy tuneability range from 3.5 keV to 18 keV. The corresponding flux and brightness has been estimated and will be discussed. This year, 2002, the FEL was disassembled and has been reconfigured to produce 10 kW average power IR. We present the estimated x-ray capabilities for the new FEL and discuss potential applications.

  16. Picosecond imaging of low-density plasmas by electron deflectometry.

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    Centurion, M; Reckenthaeler, P; Krausz, F; Fill, E E

    2009-02-15

    We have imaged optical-field ionized plasmas with electron densities as low as 10(13) cm(-3) on a picosecond timescale using ultrashort electron pulses. Electric fields generated by the separation of charges are imprinted on a 20 keV probe electron pulse and reveal a cloud of electrons expanding away from a positively charged plasma core. Our method allows for a direct measurement of the electron energy required to escape the plasma and the total charge. Simulations reproduce the main features of the experiment and allow determination of the energy of the electrons. PMID:19373367

  17. Picosecond conformational transition and equilibration of a cyclic peptide

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    Bredenbeck, Jens; Helbing, Jan; Sieg, Arne; Schrader, Tobias; Zinth, Wolfgang; Renner, Christian; Behrendt, Raymond; Moroder, Luis; Wachtveitl, Josef; Hamm, Peter

    2003-05-01

    Ultrafast IR spectroscopy is used to monitor the nonequilibrium backbone dynamics of a cyclic peptide in the amide I vibrational range with picosecond time resolution. A conformational change is induced by means of a photoswitch integrated into the peptide backbone. Although the main conformational change of the backbone is completed after only 20 ps, the subsequent equilibration in the new region of conformational space continues for times >16 ns. Relaxation and equilibration processes of the peptide backbone occur on a discrete hierarchy of time scales. Albeit possessing only a few conformational degrees of freedom compared with a protein, the peptide behaves highly nontrivially and provides insights into the complexity of fast protein folding.

  18. Amplification of picosecond pulses in F{sub 2}{sup -}:LiF crystals synchronously pumped by picosecond and nanosecond laser pulses

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    Basiev, Tasoltan T; Karasik, Aleksandr Ya; Konyushkin, V A; Osiko, Vyacheslav V; Papashvili, A G; Chunaev, D S

    2005-04-30

    A method for amplification of picosecond pulses in F{sub 2}{sup -}:LiF crystals synchronously pumped by picosecond and nanosecond pulses is proposed and demonstrated. Due to two-stage amplification of a train of 22-ps, 1150-nm SRS pulses generated by a PbMoO{sub 4} crystal, a power gain of (2-4)x 10{sup 3} is achieved and single 6-ps, 0.88-mJ pulses are obtained. (lasers)

  19. Femtosecond wavelength-tunable OPCPA system based on picosecond fiber laser seed and picosecond DPSS laser pump.

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    Danilevičius, R; Zaukevičius, A; Budriūnas, R; Michailovas, A; Rusteika, N

    2016-07-25

    We present a compact and stable femtosecond wavelength-tunable optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA) system. A novel OPCPA front-end was constructed using a multi-channel picosecond all-in-fiber source for seeding DPSS pump laser and white light supercontinuum generation. Broadband chirped pulses were parametrically amplified up to 1 mJ energy and compressed to less than 40 fs duration. Pulse wavelength tunability in the range from 680 nm to 930 nm was experimentally demonstrated. PMID:27464199

  20. High-pulse-energy mode-locked picosecond oscillator

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    Chao, Yang; Chen, Meng; Li, Gang

    2014-02-01

    We report on a high-pulse-energy solid-state picosecond Nd:YVO4 oscillator with cavity-dumping. The laser is end-pumped by an 808 nm laser diode and passively mode-locked with a semiconductor saturable absorption mirror (SESAM). In pure cw-mode-locking, this laser produced 2.5 W of average power at a pulse repetition rate of 40 MHz and pulse duration around 12 ps. A cavity dumping technique using an intra-cavity BBO electro-optic crystal to which bidirectional voltage was applied was adopted, effectively improving the cavity-dumping rate. Tunable high repetition rate from 100 kHz to 1 MHz was achieved. With electro-optic cavity dumper working at 1 MHz repetition rate, we achieved average power 594 mW. The laser includes a 5 mm long, a-cut, 0.5% doped Nd:YVO4 crystal with a 5-degree angle at one end face. Laser radiation is coupled out from the crystal end face with a 5-degree angle, without requiring insertion of a thin-film polarizer (TFP), thus simplifying the laser structure. This picosecond laser system has the advantages of compact structure and high stability, providing a good oscillator for regenerative amplifiers.

  1. Probing carrier dynamics in nanostructures by picosecond cathodoluminescence.

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    Merano, M; Sonderegger, S; Crottini, A; Collin, S; Renucci, P; Pelucchi, E; Malko, A; Baier, M H; Kapon, E; Deveaud, B; Ganière, J-D

    2005-11-24

    Picosecond and femtosecond spectroscopy allow the detailed study of carrier dynamics in nanostructured materials. In such experiments, a laser pulse normally excites several nanostructures at once. However, spectroscopic information may also be acquired using pulses from an electron beam in a modern electron microscope, exploiting a phenomenon called cathodoluminescence. This approach offers several advantages. The multimode imaging capabilities of the electron microscope enable the correlation of optical properties (via cathodoluminescence) with surface morphology (secondary electron mode) at the nanometre scale. The broad energy range of the electrons can excite wide-bandgap materials, such as diamond- or gallium-nitride-based structures that are not easily excited by conventional optical means. But perhaps most intriguingly, the small beam can probe a single selected nanostructure. Here we apply an original time-resolved cathodoluminescence set-up to describe carrier dynamics within single gallium-arsenide-based pyramidal nanostructures with a time resolution of 10 picoseconds and a spatial resolution of 50 nanometres. The behaviour of such charge carriers could be useful for evaluating elementary components in quantum computers, optical quantum gates or single photon sources for quantum cryptography. PMID:16306988

  2. Picosecond and femtosecond laser ablation of hard tissues

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    Serafetinides, Alexander A.; Makropoulou, Mersini I.; Kar, Ajoy K.; Khabbaz, Marouan

    1996-12-01

    In this study, the interaction of picosecond and femtosecond pulsed laser radiation with human dental tissue was investigated experimentally, as this unexplored field is expected to be a potential alternative in powerful laser processing of biomedical structures. Dentin ablation rate experiments were performed by using teeth sections of different thickness. Dental tissue samples were irradiated in air with i) a regenerative amplifier laser at 1064 nm, pulse duration 110 ps, ii) the second harmonic laser at 532 nm, pulse duration 100 ps, and iii) a picosecond tunable dye amplifier at 595 nm, pulse width 800 fs. In all the experiments the pulse repetition rate was 10 Hz. The ablation rate per pulse at different energy fluence settings was calculated by measuring the time needed for the perforation of the whole dental sample thickness. Short laser pulses can confine thermal energy within the optical zone, which maximizes photothermal and photomechanical mechanisms of interaction. Tissue ablation rates were found to be comparable to or better than other nanosecond lasers, and left smooth surfaces, free of thermal damage.

  3. Picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination forms a monocrystalline silicon needle

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    Takahashi, Fuyuto; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Hidai, Hirofumi; Yamane, Keisaku; Morita, Ryuji; Omatsu, Takashige

    2016-01-01

    The formation of a monocrystalline silicon needle by picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination was demonstrated for the first time in this study. The dynamics of this silicon needle formation was further revealed by employing an ultrahigh-speed camera. The melted silicon was collected through picosecond pulse deposition to the dark core of the optical vortex, forming the silicon needle on a submicrosecond time scale. The needle was composed of monocrystalline silicon with the same lattice index (100) as that of the silicon substrate, and had a height of approximately 14 μm and a thickness of approximately 3 μm. Overlaid vortex pulses allowed the needle to be shaped with a height of approximately 40 μm without any changes to the crystalline properties. Such a monocrystalline silicon needle can be applied to devices in many fields, such as core–shell structures for silicon photonics and photovoltaic devices as well as nano- or microelectromechanical systems. PMID:26907639

  4. Picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination forms a monocrystalline silicon needle.

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    Takahashi, Fuyuto; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Hidai, Hirofumi; Yamane, Keisaku; Morita, Ryuji; Omatsu, Takashige

    2016-01-01

    The formation of a monocrystalline silicon needle by picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination was demonstrated for the first time in this study. The dynamics of this silicon needle formation was further revealed by employing an ultrahigh-speed camera. The melted silicon was collected through picosecond pulse deposition to the dark core of the optical vortex, forming the silicon needle on a submicrosecond time scale. The needle was composed of monocrystalline silicon with the same lattice index (100) as that of the silicon substrate, and had a height of approximately 14 μm and a thickness of approximately 3 μm. Overlaid vortex pulses allowed the needle to be shaped with a height of approximately 40 μm without any changes to the crystalline properties. Such a monocrystalline silicon needle can be applied to devices in many fields, such as core-shell structures for silicon photonics and photovoltaic devices as well as nano- or microelectromechanical systems. PMID:26907639

  5. Studies on laser material processing with nanosecond and sub-nanosecond and picosecond and sub-picosecond pulses

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    Zhang, Jie; Tao, Sha; Wang, Brian; Zhao, Jay

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, laser ablation of widely used metal (Al, Cu. stainless-steel), semiconductor (Si), transparent material (glass, sapphire), ceramic (Al2O3, AlN) and polymer (PI, PMMA) in industry were systematically studied with pulse width from nanosecond (5-100ns), picosecond (6-10ps) to sub-picosecond (0.8-0.95ps). A critical damage zone (CDZ) of up to 100um with ns laser, <=50um with ps laser, and <=20um with sub-ps laser, respectively was observed as a criteria of selecting the laser pulse width. The effects of laser processing parameters on speed and efficiency were also investigated. This is to explore how to provide industry users the best laser solution for device micro-fabrication with best price. Our studies of cutting and drilling with ns, ps, and sub-ps lasers indicate that it is feasible to achieve user accepted quality and speed with cost-effective and reliable laser by optimizing processing conditions.

  6. Investigating the influence of a weak continuous-wave-trigger on picosecond supercontinuum generation.

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    Li, Qian; Li, Feng; Wong, Kenneth K Y; Lau, Alan Pak Tao; Tsia, Kevin K; Wai, P K A

    2011-07-18

    We numerically study the impacts of introducing a minute continuous-wave (CW) trigger on the properties of picosecond supercontinuum (SC) generation. We show that this simple triggering approach enables active control of not only the bandwidth, but more importantly the temporal coherence of SC. Detailed numerical simulations suggest that depending on the wavelength of the CW-trigger the multiple higher-order four-wave mixing (FWM) components generated by the CW-trigger can create either a relatively more stochastic or a more deterministic beating effect on the pump pulse, which has significant implications on how soliton fission and the onset of SC are initiated in the presence of noise. By controlling the CW-trigger wavelengths, the rogue solitons emerged in SC generation can exhibit high-degree of temporal coherence and pulse-to-pulse intensity stability. The present study provides a valuable insight on how the initial soliton fission can be initiated in a more controllable manner such that SC generation with both high temporal coherence and stability can be realized. PMID:21934736

  7. Picosecond Acoustic Measurement of Anisotropic Properties of Thin Films

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    Perton, M.; Rossignol, C.; Chigarev, N.; Audoin, B.

    2007-03-21

    Properties of thin metallic films have been studied extensively by means of laser-picosecond ultrasonics. Generation of longitudinal and shear waves via thermoelastic mechanism and large source has been only demonstrated for waves vectors along the normal to the interface. However, such measurements cannot provide complete information about elastic properties of films. As it has been already shown for nanosecond ultrasonics, the knowledge of group or phase velocities in several directions for sources with small lateral size allows determining the stiffness tensor coefficients of a sample. The experimental set-up was prepared to obtain the thinnest size for the source to achieve acoustic diffraction. The identification of the stiffness tensor components, based on the inversion of the bulk waves phase velocities, is applied to signals simulated and experimentally recorded for a material with hexagonal properties. First estimation of stiffness tensor coefficients for thin metallic film 2.1 {mu}m has been performed.

  8. Monolithic millimeter-wave and picosecond electronic technologies

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    Talley, W.K.; Luhmann, N.C.

    1996-03-12

    Theoretical and experimental studies into monolithic millimeter-wave and picosecond electronic technologies have been undertaken as a collaborative project between the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of California Department of Applied Science Coherent Millimeter-Wave Group under the auspices of the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program at LLNL. The work involves the design and fabrication of monolithic frequency multiplier, beam control, and imaging arrays for millimeter-wave imaging and radar, as well as the development of high speed nonlinear transmission lines for ultra-wideband radar imaging, time domain materials characterization and magnetic fusion plasma applications. In addition, the Coherent Millimeter-Wave Group is involved in the fabrication of a state-of-the-art X-band ({approximately}8-11 GHz) RF photoinjector source aimed at producing psec high brightness electron bunches for advanced accelerator and coherent radiation generation studies.

  9. Advantages of Picosecond Laser Machining for Cutting-Edge Technologies

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    Moorhouse, C.

    The demand to reduce the size, weight and material cost of modern electronic devices results in a requirement for precision micromachining to aid product development. Examples include making smaller and more powerful smartphones with brighter displays, eliminating the requirement for post-process cleaning and machining the latest bio- absorbable medical stents. The pace of innovation in high-tech industries has led to ultrafast (picosecond) industrial lasers becoming an important tool for many applications and the high repetition rates now available help to meet industrial throughput levels. This is due to the unique operating regime (megawatts of peak power) enabling clean cutting and patterning of sensitive materials and thin films used in a number of novel devices and allows micromachining of wide bandgap, "difficult" materials such as glass.

  10. Mechanical characterization of temperature-sensitive objects using picosecond ultrasonics

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    Dehoux, T.; Audoin, B.; Zouani, O.; Durrieu, M. C.

    2011-01-01

    Biological objects are exquisitely sensitive to temperature variations and their mechanical characterization is often a challenge when using the picosecond ultrasonics technique. To reduce the laser-induced temperature rise, we place single biological cells on a thin metal transducer and we focus the laser beam that generates the acoustic waves at frequencies <= 150 GHz on the rear side of the transducer. The acoustic waves propagate through the transducer and are partially transmitted to the cell to create the so-called Brillouin oscillations. The frequency of these oscillations provides a direct measurement of the sound velocity. The simultaneous measurement of the acoustic reflection coefficient at the transducer/cell interface allows the determination of both the density and the compressibility of the cell.

  11. Picosecond laser welding of similar and dissimilar materials.

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    Carter, Richard M; Chen, Jianyong; Shephard, Jonathan D; Thomson, Robert R; Hand, Duncan P

    2014-07-01

    We report picosecond laser welding of similar and dissimilar materials based on plasma formation induced by a tightly focused beam from a 1030 nm, 10 ps, 400 kHz laser system. Specifically, we demonstrate the welding of fused silica, borosilicate, and sapphire to a range of materials including borosilicate, fused silica, silicon, copper, aluminum, and stainless steel. Dissimilar material welding of glass to aluminum and stainless steel has not been previously reported. Analysis of the borosilicate-to-borosilicate weld strength compares well to those obtained using similar welding systems based on femtosecond lasers. There is, however, a strong requirement to prepare surfaces to a high (10-60 nm Ra) flatness to ensure a successful weld. PMID:25089985

  12. Effect of laser pulse duration in picosecond ultrasonics

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    Dehoux, T.; Perton, M.; Chigarev, N.; Rossignol, C.; Rampnoux, J.-M.; Audoin, B.

    2006-09-01

    An optical grating has been introduced in a picosecond ultrasonics experiment, in order to vary continuously the duration of the laser beam pulse from 0.1to150ps. The evolution of the measured signal has been observed and analyzed through the comparison with a theoretical approach based on a two-temperature model. The latter allows matching the acoustic echoes together with the thermal background and the coincidence peak, for each pulse duration and at any time scale. The broadening of the acoustic echoes and the disappearing of its Brillouin component, along with the diminishing of the thermal coincidence peak, have been demonstrated when increasing the pulse duration. For a constant incident pulse energy, the efficiency of acoustic generation is optimum for the shortest pulses. Nevertheless, for longer pulses designed to obtain thermal conditions below the ablation threshold, acoustic generation could be enhanced.

  13. Picosecond laser-induced water condensation in a cloud chamber.

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    Sun, Haiyi; Liu, Yonghong; Ju, Jingjing; Tian, Ye; Bai, Yafeng; Liu, Yaoxiang; Du, Shengzhe; Wang, Cheng; Wang, Tiejun; Liu, Jiansheng; Chin, See Leang; Li, Ruxin; Xu, Zhizhan

    2016-09-01

    We investigated water condensation in a laboratory cloud chamber induced by picosecond (ps) laser pulses at ~350 ps (800 nm/1-1000 Hz) with a maximum peak power of ~25 MW. The peak power was much lower than the critical power for self-focusing in air (~3-10 GW depending on the pulse duration). Sparks, airflow and snow formation were observed under different laser energies or repetition rates. It was found that weaker ps laser pulses can also induce water condensation by exploding and breaking down ice crystals and/or water droplets into tiny particles although there was no formation of laser filament. These tiny particles would grow until precipitation in a super-saturation zone due to laser-induced airflow in a cold region with a large temperature gradient. PMID:27607654

  14. Three-dimensional imaging of biological cells with picosecond ultrasonics

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    Danworaphong, Sorasak; Tomoda, Motonobu; Matsumoto, Yuki; Matsuda, Osamu; Ohashi, Toshiro; Watanabe, Hiromu; Nagayama, Masafumi; Gohara, Kazutoshi; Otsuka, Paul H.; Wright, Oliver B.

    2015-04-01

    We use picosecond ultrasonics to image animal cells in vitro—a bovine aortic endothelial cell and a mouse adipose cell—fixed to Ti-coated sapphire. Tightly focused ultrashort laser pulses generate and detect GHz acoustic pulses, allowing three-dimensional imaging (x, y, and t) of the ultrasonic propagation in the cells with ˜1 μm lateral and ˜150 nm depth resolutions. Time-frequency representations of the continuous-wavelet-transform amplitude of the optical reflectivity variations inside and outside the cells show GHz Brillouin oscillations, allowing the average sound velocities of the cells and their ultrasonic attenuation to be obtained as well as the average bulk moduli.

  15. Picosecond spectroscopy of hydrogenated MBE-GaAs

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    Capizzi, M.; Coluzza, C.; Frankl, P.; Frova, A.; Colocci, M.; Gurioli, M.; Vinattieri, A.; Sacks, R. N.

    1991-04-01

    Picosecond-resolved and steady-state photoluminescence at LHe temperature in low-energy ion-gun hydrogenated GaAs/GaAlAs heterostructures are reported. The exciton in the GaAs layer shows an increase in lifetime - up to a factor of 3 - for moderate hydrogenation, followed by a sharp decrease below the value for the untreated sample, for higher H doses. Luminescence efficiency shows a consistent behavior. Incorporation of H generates a strong D-A band falling ˜64 meV below the gap energy. The behavior for heavy hydrogenation indicates the formation of a new type of deep defect, not ascribed to surface damage, because of the protective GaAlAs layer, plus the fact that the excitonic emission of the latter shows no variation.

  16. Retinal threshold studies for nanosecond and picosecond visible laser pulses

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    Roach, William P.; DiCarlo, Cheryl D.; Noojin, Gary D.; Stolarski, David J.; Amnotte, Rodney E.; Smith, Audrey B.; Rogers, Mark E.; Cain, Clarence P.

    1995-05-01

    Threshold measurements for Minimum Visible Lesions (MVL) at the retina are reported for 60 picoseconds (ps) and 4 nanoseconds (ns), single laser pulses in rhesus monkey eyes using a visible wavelength of 532 nanometers (nm) from a doubled Nd:YAG laser. The 50% probability for damage (ED50) dosages are calculated for 1 hour and 24 hour post exposures using 95% fiducial limits. For both pulsewidths, the threshold values calculated by probit analysis decrease between the 1 hour and 24 hour ophthalmoscopic evaluations. The ED50 value determined for the 60 ps pulsewidth was less than half the value at 4 ns (0.43 (mu) J/60 ps vs. 0.90 (mu) J/4 ns at 24 hours) for both readings. Of the 136 exposures for pulse energies ranging from 0.03 to 5.0 (mu) J no hemorrhagic lesions were produced for either pulsewidth studied. However, at 6.6 (mu) J one intraretinal hemorrhagic lesion was observed for 60 ps. The slope of the probit curve was higher for 60 ps when compared with the 4 ns value (3.03 at 60 ps vs. 2.68 at 4 ns). MVL threshold doses calculated are comparable with those reported in the literature. However, the 4 ns MVL values is less than one order of magnitude (a factor 4.7) above the Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) level as defined by the 'American National Standard For The Safe Use Of Lasers', ANSI Z136.1-19932. We present the current MVL data as it compares with previous data obtained for picosecond and femtosecond laser pulse thresholds and provide a preliminary assessment of how the ANSI MPE standard might be amended.

  17. Synchronization of Sub-Picosecond Electron and Laser Pulses

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    Rosenzweig, J.B.; Le Sage G.P.

    2000-08-15

    Sub-picosecond laser-electron synchronization is required to take full advantage of the experimental possibilities arising from the marriage of modern high intensity lasers and high brightness electron beams in the same laboratory. Two particular scenarios stand out in this regard, injection of ultra-short electron pulses in short wavelength laser-driven plasma accelerators, and Compton scattering of laser photons from short electron pulses. Both of these applications demand synchronization, which is subpicosecond, with tens of femtosecond synchronization implied for next-generation experiments. Typically, an RF electron accelerator is synchronized to a short pulse laser system by detecting the repetition signal of a laser oscillator, adjusted to an exact subharmonic of the linac RF frequency, and multiplying or phase locking this signal to produce the master RF clock. Pulse-to-pulse jitter characteristic of self-mode-locked laser oscillators represents a direct contribution to the ultimate timing jitter between a high intensity laser focus and electron beam at the interaction point, or a photocathode drive laser in an RF photoinjector. This timing jitter problem has been addressed most seriously in the context of the RF photoinjector, where the electron beam properties are sensitive functions of relative timing jitter. The timing jitter achieved in synchronized photocathode drive laser systems is near, or slightly below one picosecond. The ultimate time of arrival jitter of the beam at the photoinjector exit is typically a bit smaller than the photocathode drive-laser jitter due to velocity compression effects in the first RF cell of the gun. This tendency of the timing of the electron beam arrival at a given spatial point to lock to the RF lock is strongly reinforced by use of magnetic compression.

  18. Ultrafast Optical Beam Deflection in a Planar Waveguide for High Dynamic Range Recording at Picosecond Resolution

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    Sarantos, C H; Heebner, J E

    2008-07-02

    We report the latest performance of an ultrafast, all-optical beam deflector based on a prism array imprinted in a planar waveguide. The deflector enables single-shot, high dynamic range optical recording with picosecond resolution.

  19. All solid-state picosecond flashlamp pumped oscillator-amplifier Nd:YAG laser system

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    Jelinkova, Helena; Cech, Miroslav; Kubecek, Vaclav; Dombrovsky, Andrej; Diels, Jean-Claude M.; Stintz, Andreas

    2005-03-01

    Flashlamp pumped oscillator - three amplifiers Nd:YAG picosecond laser system mode-locked with multiple quantum well (MQW) saturable absorber was developed and investigated. 80 ps long pulses with the energy of 120 mJ were generated.

  20. Picosecond x-ray measurements from 100 eV to 30 keV

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    Attwood, D.T.; Kauffman, R.L.; Stradling, G.L.

    1980-10-15

    Picosecond x-ray measurements relevant to the Livermore Laser Fusion Program are reviewed. Resolved to 15 picoseconds, streak camera detection capabilities extend from 100 eV to higher than 30 keV, with synchronous capabilities in the visible, near infrared, and ultraviolet. Capabilities include automated data retrieval using charge coupled devices (CCD's), absolute x-ray intensity levels, novel cathodes, x-ray mirror/reflector combinations, and a variety of x-ray imaging devices.

  1. Timing high-speed microprocessor circuits using picosecond imaging circuit analysis

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    Steen, Steven E.; McManus, Moyra K.; Manzer, Dennis G.

    2001-04-01

    IBM Research has developed a time resolved imaging technique, Picosecond Imaging Circuit Analysis (PICA), which uses single photon events to analyze signals in modern microprocessors on a picosecond time scale. This paper will describe the experimental setup as well as the data management software. A case study of a particularly hard debug problem on a state of the art microprocessor will demonstrate the application of the PICA method.

  2. Watching chips work: picosecond hot electron light emission from integrated circuits

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    Kash, J. A.; Tsang, J. C.

    2000-03-01

    The picosecond pulses of hot carrier luminescence that are observed from individual submicron FETs in CMOS circuits can be used to describe the internal operation of integrated circuits. To effectively use the weak emission pulses, we have developed a method called picosecond integrated circuit analysis (PICA) which simultaneously images and time resolves the emission. PICA has been used to characterize the operation of integrated circuits from simple ring oscillators to a full microprocessors. Examples of circuit characterization and fault diagnosis are presented.

  3. Drilling rate of five metals with picosecond laser pulses at 355, 532, and 1064 nm

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    Spiro, Alex; Lowe, Mary; Pasmanik, Guerman

    2012-06-01

    Experimental results on picosecond laser processing of aluminum, nickel, stainless steel, molybdenum, and tungsten are described. Hole drilling is employed for comparative analysis of processing rates in an air environment. Drilling rates are measured over a wide range of laser fluences (0.05-20 J/cm2). Experiments with picosecond pulses at 355 nm are carried out for all five metals and in addition at 532 nm, and 1064 nm for nickel. A comparison of drilling rate with 6-ps and 6-ns pulses at 355 nm is performed. The dependence of drilling rate on laser fluence measured with picosecond pulses demonstrates two logarithmic regimes for all five metals. To determine the transition from one regime to another, a critical fluence is measured and correlated with the thermal properties of the metals. The logarithmic regime at high-fluence range with UV picosecond pulses is reported for the first time. The energy efficiency of material removal for the different regimes is evaluated. The results demonstrate that UV picosecond pulses can provide comparable quality and higher processing rate compared with literature data on ablation with near-IR femtosecond lasers. A significant contribution of two-photon absorption to the ablation process is suggested to explain high processing rate with powerful UV picosecond pulses.

  4. Lung Emergencies

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  5. Evidence of Protein Collective Motions on the Picosecond Timescale

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    He, Yunfen; Chen, J.-Y.; Knab, J.R.; Zheng, Wenjun; Markelz, A.G.

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the presence of structural collective motions on a picosecond timescale for the heme protein, cytochrome c, as a function of oxidation and hydration, using terahertz (THz) time domain spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations. The THz response dramatically increases with oxidation, with the largest increase for lowest hydrations, and highest frequencies. For both oxidation states the THz response rapidly increases with hydration saturating above ∼25% (g H2O/g protein). Quasiharmonic vibrational modes and dipole-dipole correlation functions were calculated from molecular dynamics trajectories. The collective mode density of states alone reproduces the measured hydration dependence, providing strong evidence of the existence of these motions. The large oxidation dependence is reproduced only by the dipole-dipole correlation function, indicating the contrast arises from diffusive motions consistent with structural changes occurring in the vicinity of buried internal water molecules. This source for the observed oxidation dependence is consistent with the lack of an oxidation dependence in nuclear resonant vibrational spectroscopy measurements. PMID:21320451

  6. Probing single-cell mechanics with picosecond ultrasonics.

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    Dehoux, Thomas; Abi Ghanem, Maroun; Zouani, Omar F; Ducousso, Mathieu; Chigarev, Nikolay; Rossignol, Clément; Tsapis, Nicolas; Durrieu, Marie-Christine; Audoin, Bertrand

    2015-02-01

    The mechanical properties of cells play a key role in several fundamental biological processes, such as migration, proliferation, differentiation and tissue morphogenesis. The complexity of the inner cell composition and the intricate meshwork formed by transmembrane cell-substrate interactions demands a non-invasive technique to probe cell mechanics and cell adhesion at a subcell scale. In this paper we review the use of laser-generated GHz acoustic waves--a technique called picosecond ultrasonics (PU)--to probe the mechanical properties of single cells. We first describe applications to vegetal cells and biomimetic systems. We show how these systems can be used as simple models to understand more complex animal cells. We then present an opto-acoustic bio-transducer designed for in vivo measurements in physiological conditions. We illustrate the use of this transducer through the simultaneous probing of the density and compressibility of Allium cepa cells. Finally, we demonstrate that this technique can quantify animal-cell adhesion on metallic surfaces by analyzing the acoustic pulses reflected off the cell-metal interface. This innovative approach allows investigating quantitatively cell mechanics without fluorescent labels or mechanical contact to the cell. PMID:25172112

  7. Mapping transient electric fields with picosecond electron bunches.

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    Chen, Long; Li, Runze; Chen, Jie; Zhu, Pengfei; Liu, Feng; Cao, Jianming; Sheng, Zhengming; Zhang, Jie

    2015-11-24

    Transient electric fields, which are an important but hardly explored parameter of laser plasmas, can now be diagnosed experimentally with combined ultrafast temporal resolution and field sensitivity, using femtosecond to picosecond electron or proton pulses as probes. However, poor spatial resolution poses great challenges to simultaneously recording both the global and local field features. Here, we present a direct 3D measurement of a transient electric field by time-resolved electron schlieren radiography with simultaneous 80-μm spatial and 3.7-ps temporal resolutions, analyzed using an Abel inversion algorithm. The electric field here is built up at the front of an aluminum foil irradiated with a femtosecond laser pulse at 1.9 × 10(12) W/cm(2), where electrons are emitted at a speed of 4 × 10(6) m/s, resulting in a unique "peak-valley" transient electric field map with the field strength up to 10(5) V/m. Furthermore, time-resolved schlieren radiography with charged particle pulses should enable the mapping of various fast-evolving field structures including those found in plasma-based particle accelerators. PMID:26554022

  8. Direct fluorescence characterisation of a picosecond seeded optical parametric amplifier

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    Stuart, N. H.; Bigourd, D.; Hill, R. W.; Robinson, T. S.; Mecseki, K.; Patankar, S.; New, G. H. C.; Smith, R. A.

    2015-02-01

    The temporal intensity contrast of high-power lasers based on optical parametric amplification (OPA) can be limited by parametric fluorescence from the non-linear gain stages. Here we present a spectroscopic method for direct measurement of unwanted parametric fluorescence widely applicable from unseeded to fully seeded and saturated OPA operation. Our technique employs simultaneous spectroscopy of fluorescence photons slightly outside the seed bandwidth and strongly attenuated light at the seed central wavelength. To demonstrate its applicability we have characterised the performance of a two-stage picosecond OPA pre-amplifier with 2.8×105 gain, delivering 335 μJ pulses at 1054 nm. We show that fluorescence from a strongly seeded OPA is reduced by ~500× from the undepleted to full pump depletion regimes. We also determine the vacuum fluctuation driven noise term seeding this OPA fluorescence to be 0.7±0.4 photons ps-1 nm-1 bandwidth. The resulting shot-to-shot statistics highlights a 1.5% probability of a five-fold and 0.3% probability of a ten-fold increase of fluorescence above the average value. Finally, we show that OPA fluorescence can be limited to a few-ps pedestal with 3×10-9 temporal intensity contrast 1.3 ps ahead of an intense laser pulse, a level highly attractive for large scale chirped-pulse OPA laser systems.

  9. The lartge-area picosecond photo-detector (LAPPD) project

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    Varner, Gary

    2012-03-01

    The technological revolution that replaced the bulky Cathode Ray Tube with a wide variety of thin, reduced-cost display technologies, has yet to be realized for photosensors. Such a low-cost, robust and flexible photon detector, capable of efficient single photon measurement with good spatial and temporal resolution, would have numerous scientific, medical and industrial applications. To address the significant technological challenges of realizing such a disruptive technology, the Large Area Picosecond Photo-Detector (LAPPD) collaboration was formed, and has been strongly supported by the Department of Energy. This group leverages the inter-disciplinary capabilities and facilities at Argonne National Laboratory, the Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL), electronics expertise at the Universities of Chicago and Hawaii, and close work with industrial partners to extend the known technologies. Advances in theory-inspired design and in-situ photocathode characterization during growth, Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) for revolutionizing micro-channel plate fabrication, and compact, wave-form sampling CMOS ASIC readout of micro striplines are key tools toward realizing a viable LAPPD device. Progress toward a first 8" x 8" demonstrator module will be presented.

  10. Mapping transient electric fields with picosecond electron bunches

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    Chen, Long; Li, Runze; Chen, Jie; Zhu, Pengfei; Liu, Feng; Cao, Jianming; Sheng, Zhengming; Zhang, Jie

    2015-01-01

    Transient electric fields, which are an important but hardly explored parameter of laser plasmas, can now be diagnosed experimentally with combined ultrafast temporal resolution and field sensitivity, using femtosecond to picosecond electron or proton pulses as probes. However, poor spatial resolution poses great challenges to simultaneously recording both the global and local field features. Here, we present a direct 3D measurement of a transient electric field by time-resolved electron schlieren radiography with simultaneous 80-μm spatial and 3.7-ps temporal resolutions, analyzed using an Abel inversion algorithm. The electric field here is built up at the front of an aluminum foil irradiated with a femtosecond laser pulse at 1.9 × 1012 W/cm2, where electrons are emitted at a speed of 4 × 106 m/s, resulting in a unique “peak–valley” transient electric field map with the field strength up to 105 V/m. Furthermore, time-resolved schlieren radiography with charged particle pulses should enable the mapping of various fast-evolving field structures including those found in plasma-based particle accelerators. PMID:26554022

  11. Picosecond infrared laser (PIRL): an ideal phonomicrosurgical laser?

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    Hess, Markus; Hildebrandt, Michael Dominik; Müller, Frank; Kruber, Sebastian; Kroetz, Peter; Schumacher, Udo; Reimer, Rudolph; Kammal, Michael; Püschel, Klaus; Wöllmer, Wolfgang; Miller, Dwayne

    2013-11-01

    A comparison of tissue cutting effects in excised cadaver human vocal folds after incisions with three different instruments [scalpel, CO2 laser and the picosecond infrared laser-(PIRL)] was performed. In total, 15 larynges were taken from human cadavers shortly after death. After deep freezing and thawing for the experiment, the vocal folds suspended in the hemilarynx were incised. Histology and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) analyses were performed. Damage zones after cold instrument cuts ranged from 51 to 135 μm, as compared to 9-28 μm after cutting with the PIRL. It was shown that PIRL incision had smaller zones of tissue coagulation and tissue destruction, when compared with scalpel and CO2 laser cuts. The PIRL technology provides an (almost) atraumatic laser, which offers a quantum jump towards realistic 'micro'-phonosurgery on a factual cellular dimension, almost entirely avoiding coagulation, carbonization, or other ways of major tissue destruction in the vicinity of the intervention area. Although not available for clinical use yet, the new technique appears promising for future clinical applications, so that technical and methodological characteristics as well as tissue experiments seem worthwhile to be communicated at this stage of development. PMID:23708442

  12. Sub-picosecond Resolution Time-to-Digital Converter

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    Ph D, Vladimir Bratov; Ph D, Vladimir Katzman; MS EE, Jeb Binkley

    2006-03-30

    Time-to-digital converters with sub-picosecond resolutions are needed to satisfy the requirements of time-on-flight measurements of the next generation of high energy and nuclear physics experiments. The converters must be highly integrated, power effective, low cost, and feature plug-and-play capabilities to handle the increasing number of channels (up to hundreds of millions) in future Department of Energy experiments. Current state-off-the-art time-to-digital converter integrated circuits do not have the sufficient degree of integration and flexibility to fulfill all the described requirements. During Phase I, the Advanced Science and Novel Technology Company in cooperation with the nuclear physics division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed the architecture of a novel time-to-digital converter with multiple channels connected to an external processor through a special interfacing block and synchronized by clock signals generated by an internal phase-locked loop. The critical blocks of the system including signal delay lines and delay-locked loops with proprietary differential delay cells, as well as the required digital code converter and the clock period counter have been designed and simulated using the advanced SiGe120 BiCMOS technological process. The results of investigations demonstrate a possibility to achieve the digitization accuracy within 1ps. ADSANTEC has demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed concept in computer simulations. The proposed system will be a critical component for the next generation of NEP experiments.

  13. Sub-picosecond optical switching with a negative index metamaterial

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    Dani, Keshav M; Upadhya, Prashant C; Zahyum, Ku

    2009-01-01

    Development of all-optical signal processing, eliminating the performance and cost penalties of optical-electrical-optical conversion, is important for continu,ing advances in Terabits/sec (Tb/s) communications.' Optical nonlinearities are generally weak, traditionally requiring long-path, large-area devicesl,2 or very high-Q, narrow-band resonator structures.3 Optical metamaterials offer unique capabilities for optical-optical interactions. Here we report 600 femtosecond (fs) all-optical modulation using a fIShnet (2D-perforated metallamorphous-Si (a-Si)/metal film stack) negative-index meta material with a structurally tunable broad-band response near 1.2 {micro}m. Over 20% modulation (experimentally limited) is achieved in a path length of only 116 nm by photo-excitation of carriers in the a-Si layer. This has the potential for Tb/s aU-optical communication and will lead to other novel, compact, tunable sub-picosecond (ps) photonic devices.

  14. Observation of neutronless fusion reactions in picosecond laser plasmas.

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    Belyaev, V S; Matafonov, A P; Vinogradov, V I; Krainov, V P; Lisitsa, V S; Roussetski, A S; Ignatyev, G N; Andrianov, V P

    2005-08-01

    The yield of alpha particles in neutronless fusion reactions 11B +p in plasmas produced by picosecond laser pulses with the peak intensity of 2 x 10(18) W/cm2 has been observed. Experiments were carried out on the "Neodymium" laser facility at the pulse energy of 10-12 J and pulse duration of 1.5 ps. The composite targets 11B + (CH2)n were used. The yield of 10(3) alpha particles per pulse has been observed. The energy spectrum of alpha particles contains two maxima: at 3-4 MeV and at 6-10 MeV . The first of these peaks corresponds to the secondary alpha12 particles at the decay of the intermediate first excited state of 8Be, whereas the second peak demonstrates generation of alpha1 particles in the reaction 11B +p with the production of this excited state. Simultaneous measurements of neutrons result in zero yield, which proves the observation of neutronless fusion reactions in our experiments. PMID:16196717

  15. Oscillations of absorption of a probe picosecond light pulse caused by its interaction with stimulated picosecond emission of GaAs

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    Ageeva, N. N.; Bronevoi, I. L.; Zabegaev, D. N.; Krivonosov, A. N.

    2015-04-01

    The self-modulation of absorption of a picosecond light pulse was observed earlier [1] in a thin (˜1-μm thick) GaAs layer pumped by a high-power picosecond pulse. Analysis of the characteristics of this self-modulation predicted [5] that the dependences of the probe pulse absorption on the pump pulse energy and picosecond delay between pump and probe pulses should be self-modulated by oscillations. Such self-modulation was experimentally observed in this work. Under certain conditions, absorption oscillations proved to be a function of part of the energy of picosecond stimulated emission of GaAs lying above a certain threshold in the region where the emission front overlapped the probe pulse front. Absorption oscillations are similar to self-modulation of the GaAs emission characteristics observed earlier [4]. This suggests that the self-modulation of absorption and emission is determined by the same type of interaction of light pulses in the active medium, the physical mechanism of which has yet to be determined.

  16. Oscillations of absorption of a probe picosecond light pulse caused by its interaction with stimulated picosecond emission of GaAs

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    Ageeva, N. N.; Bronevoi, I. L. Zabegaev, D. N.; Krivonosov, A. N.

    2015-04-15

    The self-modulation of absorption of a picosecond light pulse was observed earlier [1] in a thin (∼1-μm thick) GaAs layer pumped by a high-power picosecond pulse. Analysis of the characteristics of this self-modulation predicted [5] that the dependences of the probe pulse absorption on the pump pulse energy and picosecond delay between pump and probe pulses should be self-modulated by oscillations. Such self-modulation was experimentally observed in this work. Under certain conditions, absorption oscillations proved to be a function of part of the energy of picosecond stimulated emission of GaAs lying above a certain threshold in the region where the emission front overlapped the probe pulse front. Absorption oscillations are similar to self-modulation of the GaAs emission characteristics observed earlier [4]. This suggests that the self-modulation of absorption and emission is determined by the same type of interaction of light pulses in the active medium, the physical mechanism of which has yet to be determined.

  17. Amplified picosecond diode lasers for diffuse optical imaging and spectroscopy of tissue

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    Erdmann, R.; Langkopf, M.; Lauritsen, K.; Bulter, A.; Wahl, M.; Wabnitz, H.; Liebert, A.; Moller, M.; Schmitt, T.

    2005-04-01

    Optical techniques based on photon migration are rapidly emerging as a promising alternative and/or augmentation of existing medical imaging modalities. For example, real time studies of hemodynamic changes in brain tissue are possible as a step towards optical functional brain imaging. Time-resolved implementations of these techniques allow for discrimination between scattering and absorption and for depth resolution. They require sub-nanosecond pulsed light sources with high repetition rate and sufficient power for deep enough tissue penetration. Picosecond diode lasers satisfy the clinical demands of economy, compact size, and reliability almost perfectly. Today multi-channel diode laser devices are commercially available and are widely used in diffuse optical imaging and spectroscopy, in particular in optical tomography and breast cancer detection. However, the output powers of these devices are just about sufficient for moderate tissue penetration depths. An improvement that does not compromise the advantages of the diode laser sources is amplification of the diode laser output by means of solid state tapered amplifiers. We present an amplified light source for use in NIR diffuse optical spectroscopy and imaging, providing pulse widths as short as 100 ps, adjustable repetition rates up to 80 MHz, and peak power levels as high as 7 Watts, corresponding to average power levels exceeding 100 mW. In combination with time-resolved photon counting electronics matching the high throughput demands in conjunction with the new source, state-of-the-art systems for diffuse optical imaging can be built. System design features and possible application examples are presented.

  18. Eye Emergencies

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    ... Emergencies Cardiac Emergencies Eye Emergencies Lung Emergencies Surgeries Eye Emergencies Marfan syndrome significantly increases your risk of ... light-sensitive membrane in the back of the eye (the retina) from its supporting layers. It is ...

  19. Picosecond Spectroscopy of Reactive Intermediates: Generation and Dynamics of Arylmethyl Ions and Radicals in Solution.

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    Schmidt, Jeffrey Allan

    A detailed experimental description is presented of a practical and relatively inexpensive approach for two simultaneous and independent types of picosecond spectroscopic measurements. Two data collection subsystems, (1) a picosecond pump-probe transient absorption/emission spectrometer and (2) a streak camera system for time-dependent measurements of absorption and emission, were developed as independent subsystems within an integrated system based on a single mode-locked Nd:YAG laser which concurrently supplies each subsystem with picosecond pulses. Considerations concerning electrical and optical interfacing between the two subsystems are discussed. With these two subsystems, picosecond-pulsed photolyses of diphenylmethyl chloride, diphenylmethyl bromide, triphenylmethyl chloride, triphenylmethyl bromide, and triphenylacetyl chloride in acetonitrile, methylene chloride, and cyclohexane were studied. The dependence of the yields of radicals and ions are discussed with respect to the nature of the starting compound and the solvent. Ion-pair dynamics were monitored with subsystems 1 and 2. Microscopic rate constants for the collapse of the contact ion pair (CIP), separation of the CIP, and reformation of the CIP from the separated ions were calculated. The photophysics and photochemistry of the triphenylmethyl radical generated from triphenylmethyl chloride, and triphenylacetyl chloride, and tert-butyl triphenylperacetate in solution were studied by means of a unique three-pulse picosecond transient absorption technique. The emission lifetime of the excited triphenylmethyl radical was measured as a function of solvent polarity with subsystem 2. These data were collectively used to gain an understanding of the electronically excited triphenylmethyl radical.

  20. Cell stimulation and calcium mobilization by picosecond electric pulses.

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    Semenov, Iurii; Xiao, Shu; Kang, Dongkoo; Schoenbach, Karl H; Pakhomov, Andrei G

    2015-10-01

    We tested if picosecond electric pulses (psEP; 190 kV/cm, 500 ps at 50% height), which are much shorter than channel activation time, can activate voltage-gated (VG) channels. Cytosolic Ca(2+) was monitored by Fura-2 ratiometric imaging in GH3 and NG108 cells (which express multiple types of VG calcium channels, VGCC), and in CHO cells (which express no VGCC). Trains of up to 100 psEP at 1 kHz elicited no response in CHO cells. However, even a single psEP significantly increased Ca(2+) in both GH3 (by 114 ± 48 nM) and NG108 cells (by 6 ± 1.1 nM). Trains of 100 psEP amplified the response to 379 ± 33 nM and 719 ± 315 nM, respectively. Ca(2+) responses peaked within 2-15s and recovered for over 100 s; they were 80-100% inhibited by verapamil and ω-conotoxin, but not by the substitution of Na(+) with N-methyl-D-glucamine. There was no response to psEP in Ca(2+)-free medium, but adding external Ca(2+) even 10s later evoked Ca(2+) response. We conclude that electrical stimuli as short as 500 ps can cause long-lasting opening of VGCC by a mechanism which does not involve conventional electroporation, heating (which was under 0.06 K per psEP), or membrane depolarization by opening of VG Na(+) channels. PMID:26011130

  1. Picosecond laser cutting and drilling of thin flex glass

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    Wlodarczyk, Krystian L.; Brunton, Adam; Rumsby, Phil; Hand, Duncan P.

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the feasibility of cutting and drilling thin flex glass (TFG) substrates using a picosecond laser operating at wavelengths of 1030 nm, 515 nm and 343 nm. 50 μm and 100 μm thick AF32®Eco Thin Glass (Schott AG) sheets are used. The laser processing parameters such as the wavelength, pulse energy, pulse repetition frequency, scan speed and the number of laser passes which are necessary to perform through a cut or to drill a borehole in the TFG substrate are studied in detail. Our results show that the highest effective cutting speeds (220 mm/s for a 50 μm thick TFG substrate and 74 mm/s for a 100 μm thick TFG substrate) are obtained with the 1030 nm wavelength, whereas the 343 nm wavelength provides the best quality cuts. The 515 nm wavelength, meanwhile, can be used to provide relatively good laser cut quality with heat affected zones (HAZ) of <25 μm for 50 μm TFG and <40 μm for 100 μm TFG with cutting speeds of 100 mm/s and 28.5 mm/s, respectively. The 343 nm and 515 nm wavelengths can also be used for drilling micro-holes (with inlet diameters of ⩽75 μm) in the 100 μm TFG substrate with speeds of up to 2 holes per second (using 343 nm) and 8 holes per second (using 515 nm). Optical microscope and SEM images of the cuts and micro-holes are presented.

  2. An investigation on the hole quality during picosecond laser helical drilling of stainless steel 304

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    Zhang, Hongyu; Di, Jianke; Zhou, Ming; Yan, Yu; Wang, Rong

    2015-05-01

    Precision drilling with ultra-short pulse lasers (e.g., picosecond and femtosecond) has been advocated to significantly improve the quality of the micro-holes with reduced recast layer thickness and no heat-affected zone. However, a combination of high-power picosecond laser with helical drilling strategy in laser drilling has rarely been reported in previous studies. In the present study, a series of micro-holes with circular, triangular, rectangular, and rhombic shapes (diameter 0.6 mm) were manufactured on stainless steel 304 using a newly developed laser drilling system which incorporated a picosecond laser and a high-speed laser beam rotation apparatus into a five-axis positioning platform. The quality of the helical drilled holes, e.g., recast layer, micro-crack, circularity, and conicity, were evaluated using an optical microscope, an optical interferometer, and a scanning electron microscope. In addition, the microstructure of the samples was investigated following etching treatment. It was demonstrated that the entrance ends, the exit ends, and the side walls of the micro-holes were quite smooth without accumulation of spattering material and formation of recast layer and micro-crack. No tapering phenomenon was observed, and the circularity of the holes was fairly good. There was no distinctive difference with regard to the microstructure between the edges of the holes and the bulk material. Picosecond laser helical drilling can be an effective technique for manufacturing of micro-holes with very high quality. The development of high-power picosecond laser would promote picosecond laser drilling to be more industrial relevance in the future.

  3. Elemental fractionation in 785 nm picosecond and femtosecond laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Shaheen, M. E.; Gagnon, J. E.; Fryer, B. J.

    2015-05-01

    Elemental fractionation and ICP-MS signal response were investigated for two different pulse width laser beams originating from the same laser system. Femtosecond and picosecond laser beams at pulse widths of 130 fs and 110 ps, respectively, and wavelength of 785 nm were used to ablate NIST 610 synthetic glass and SRM 1107 Naval Brass B at the same spot for 800 to 1000 laser pulses at different repetition rates (5 to 50 Hz). Elemental fractionation was found to depend on repetition rate and showed a trend with femtosecond laser ablation that is opposite to that observed in picosecond laser ablation for most measured isotopes. ICP-MS signal intensity was higher in femtosecond than picosecond LA-ICP-MS in both NIST 610 and naval brass when ablation was conducted under the same fluence and repetition rate. The differences in signal intensity were partly related to differences in particle size distribution between particles generated by femtosecond and picosecond laser pulses and the consequent differences in transport and ionization efficiencies. The main reason for the higher signal intensity resulting from femtosecond laser pulses was related to the larger crater sizes compared to those created during picosecond laser ablation. Elemental ratios measured using 66Zn/63Cu, 208Pb/238U, 232Th/238U, 66Zn/232Th and 66Zn/208Pb were found to change with the number of laser pulses with data points being more scattered in picosecond than femtosecond laser pulses. Reproducibility of replicate measurements of signal intensities, fractionation and elemental ratios was better for fs-LA-ICP-MS (RSD ~ 3 to 6%) than ps-LA-ICP-MS (RSD ~ 7 to 11%).

  4. Solid-state NMR approaches to internal dynamics of proteins: from picoseconds to microseconds and seconds.

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    Krushelnitsky, Alexey; Reichert, Detlef; Saalwächter, Kay

    2013-09-17

    Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has matured to the point that it is possible to determine the structure of proteins in immobilized states, such as within microcrystals or embedded in membranes. Currently, researchers continue to develop and apply NMR techniques that can deliver site-resolved dynamic information toward the goal of understanding protein function at the atomic scale. As a widely-used, natural approach, researchers have mostly measured longitudinal (T1) relaxation times, which, like in solution-state NMR, are sensitive to picosecond and nanosecond motions, and motionally averaged dipolar couplings, which provide an integral amplitude of all motions with a correlation time of up to a few microseconds. While overall Brownian tumbling in solution mostly precludes access to slower internal dynamics, dedicated solid-state NMR approaches are now emerging as powerful new options. In this Account, we give an overview of the classes of solid-state NMR experiments that have expanded the accessible range correlation times from microseconds to many milliseconds. The measurement of relaxation times in the rotating frame, T1ρ, now allows researchers to access the microsecond range. Using our recent theoretical work, researchers can now quantitatively analyze this data to distinguish relaxation due to chemical-shift anisotropy (CSA) from that due to dipole-dipole couplings. Off-resonance irradiation allows researchers to extend the frequency range of such experiments. We have built multidimensional analogues of T2-type or line shape experiments using variants of the dipolar-chemical shift correlation (DIPSHIFT) experiment that are particularly suited to extract intermediate time scale motions in the millisecond range. In addition, we have continuously improved variants of exchange experiments, mostly relying on the recoupling of anisotropic interactions to address ultraslow motions in the ms to s ranges. The NH dipolar coupling offers a

  5. Laser ablation of CFRP using picosecond laser pulses at different wavelengths from UV to IR

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    Wolynski, Alexander; Herrmann, Thomas; Mucha, Patrick; Haloui, Hatim; L'huillier, Johannes

    Laser processing of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) has a great industrial relevance for high performance structural parts in airplanes, machine tools and cars. Through-holes drilled by nanosecond laser pulses show thermal induced molten layers and voids. Recently, picosecond lasers have demonstrated the ability to drill high-efficient and high-quality rivet through-holes. In this paper a high-power picosecond laser system operating at different wavelengths (355 nm, 532 nm and 1064 nm) has been used for CFRP ablation experiments to study the influence of different laser parameters in terms of machining quality and processing time.

  6. Production of picosecond, kilojoule, and petawatt laser pulses via Raman amplification of nanosecond pulses.

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    Trines, R M G M; Fiúza, F; Bingham, R; Fonseca, R A; Silva, L O; Cairns, R A; Norreys, P A

    2011-09-01

    Raman amplification in plasma has been promoted as a means of compressing picosecond optical laser pulses to femtosecond duration to explore the intensity frontier. Here we show for the first time that it can be used, with equal success, to compress laser pulses from nanosecond to picosecond duration. Simulations show up to 60% energy transfer from pump pulse to probe pulse, implying that multikilojoule ultraviolet petawatt laser pulses can be produced using this scheme. This has important consequences for the demonstration of fast-ignition inertial confinement fusion. PMID:21981507

  7. Picosecond kinetic absorption and fluorescence studies of bovine rhodopsin with a fixed 11-ene.

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    Buchert, J; Stefancic, V; Doukas, A G; Alfano, R R; Callender, R H; Pande, J; Akita, H; Balogh-Nair, V; Nakanishi, K

    1983-01-01

    A synthetic retinal having a fixed 11-cis geometry has been used to prepare a nonbleachable analogue of bovine rhodopsin. Marked differences in the picosecond absorption and fluorescence behavior of this analogue at room temperature, compared with that of natural rhodopsin, were observed. This not only indicates that the 11-cis to trans isomerization of the retinal moiety is the crucial primary event in the photolysis of rhodopsin, but also it establishes that this isomerization must occur on the picosecond time scale or faster. PMID:6626668

  8. A diffusion model for picosecond electron bunches from negative electron affinity GaAs photo cathodes

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    P. Hartmann; J. Bermuth; D. v. Harrach; J. Hoffmann; S. Kobis; E. Reichert; K. Aulenbacher; J. Schuler; M. Steigerwald

    1998-10-27

    Even though theoretical estimates predict response times for the photo emission process of electrons from a negative electron affinity GaAs photo emitter in excess of hundreds of picoseconds, recent measurements found electron bunch durations of 40 ps or less. This work presents precise measurements of picosecond electron bunches from a negative affinity bulk GaAs photo cathode and develops a model which explains the measured bunch durations as well as the observed bunch shapes. The bunch shape turns out to be independent from the quantum efficiency of the photo emitter.

  9. Relativistic theory for picosecond time transfer in the vicinity of Earth

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    Petit, G.; Wolf, P.

    1994-01-01

    The problem of light propagation is treated in a geocentric reference system with the goal of ensuring picosecond accuracy for time transfer techniques using electromagnetic signals in the vicinity of the Earth. We give an explicit formula for a one way time transfer, to be applied when the spatial coordinates of the time transfer stations are known in a geocentric reference system rotating with the Earth. This expression is extended, at the same accuracy level of one picosecond, to the special cases of two way and LASSO time transfers via geostationary satellites.

  10. Picosecond supercontinuum laser with consistent emission parameters over variable repetition rates from 1 to 40 MHz

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    Schönau, Thomas; Siebert, Torsten; Härtel, Romano; Klemme, Dietmar; Lauritsen, Kristian; Erdmann, Rainer

    2013-02-01

    An freely triggerable picosecond visible supercontinuum laser source is presented that allows for a uniform spectral profile and equivalent pulse characteristics over variable repetition rates from 1 to 40MHz. The system features PM Yb3+-doped fiber amplification of a picosecond gain-switched seed diode at 1062 nm. The pump power in the multi-stage amplifier is actively adjusted by a microcontroller for a consistent peak power of the amplified signal in the full range of repetition rates. The length of the PCF is scaled to deliver a homogeneous spectrum and minimized distortion of the temporal pulse shape.

  11. Highly efficient picosecond degenerate four-wave mixing in a tellurite microstructured optical fiber

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    Zhang, Lei; Hoang Tuan, Tong; Kawamura, Harutaka; Nagasaka, Kenshiro; Suzuki, Takenobu; Ohishi, Yasutake

    2016-06-01

    Wavelength-tunable picosecond degenerate four-wave mixing was demonstrated in a tellurite microstructured optical fiber (TMOF). The zero-dispersion wavelength of the TMOF was shifted to 1570 nm by introducing a single ring of air holes in the cladding. The anti-Stokes signal sideband can be generated from 1490 to 1500 nm, and the Stokes idler sideband can emit from 1595 to 1645 nm. Because of the high nonlinearity of the TMOF and the large peak power of the picosecond pump, a maximal signal gain of 31.2 dB and an idler conversion efficiency of +35 dB were achieved.

  12. Picosecond intersubband hole relaxation in p-type quantum wells

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    Xu, Z.; Fauchet, P.M.; Rella, C.W.; Schwettman, H.A.

    1995-12-31

    We report the first direct measurement of the relaxation time of holes in p-type quantum wells using tunable, subpicosecond mid-infrared laser pulses in a pump-probe arrangement. The QW layers consisted of 50 In{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As/Al{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As periods. The In{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As well was 4 nm wide and the Al{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As barrier was 8 nm wide. The dopant concentration was 10{sup 19} CM{sup -3} which corresponds to a sheet density of 1.2 x 10{sup 13} CM{sup -2}. The room temperature IR spectrum showed a 50 meV wide absorption peak at 5.25 {mu}m (220 meV). This energy agrees with the calculated n=1 heavy hole to n=1 light hole transition energy of 240 meV (150 meV for strain and 90 meV for confinement). The large absorption width results from hole-hole scattering and the difference in dispersion relations between the two subbands. The equal-wavelength pump-probe transmission measurements were performed using the Stanford free electron laser (FEL). The FEL pulses were tuned between 4 and 6 {mu} m and their duration was less than 1 ps. The measurements were performed as a function of temperature, pump wavelength and intensity (from 0.3 to 10 GW/cm{sup 2}). In all our experiments, we find an increase of transmission (decrease of absorption or bleaching) following photopumping, which recovers as a single exponential with a time constant (relaxation time) of the order of 1 picosecond. The maximum change in transmission is linear with pump 2 intensity below 1 GW/cm{sup 2} and saturates to {approximately}3% with a saturation intensity I{sub sat} of 3 GW/cm{sup 2}. As the saturation regime is entered, the relaxation time increases from 0.8 ps to 1.8 ps. This relaxation time depends on the temperature T: it increases from 0.8 ps to 1.3 ps as T decreases from 300 K to 77 K. Finally, when we tune the laser through the absorption band, the magnitude of the signal changes but its temporal behavior does not change, within the accuracy of the measurements.

  13. Electronics for a Picosecond Time-of-flight Measurement

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    Brandt, Andrew Gerhart; Rijssenbeek, Michael

    2014-11-03

    TITLE: Electronics for a Picosecond Time-of-flight Measurement ABSTRACT: Time-of-flight (TOF) detectors have historically been used as part of the particle identification capability of multi-purpose particle physics detectors. An accurate time measurement, combined with a momentum measurement based on the curvature of the track in a magnetic field, is often sufficient to determine the particle's mass, and thus its identity. Such detectors typically have measured the particle flight time extremely precisely, with an uncertainty of one hundred trillionths of a second (also referred to as 100 picoseconds). To put this in perspective it would be like counting all the people on the Earth and getting it right within 1 person! Another use of TOFs is to measure the vertex of the event, which is the location along the beam line where the incoming particles (typically protons) collide. This vertex positon is a well measured quantity for events where the protons collide “head on” as the outgoing particles produced when you blast the proton apart can be used to trace back to a vertex point from which they originated. More frequently the protons just strike a glancing blow and remain intact—in this case they are nearly parallel to the beam and you cannot tell their vertex without this ability to precisely measure the time of flight of the protons. Occasionally both happen in the same event, that is, a central system and two protons are produced. But are they from the same collision, or just a boring background where more than one collision in the same bunch crossing conspire to fake the signal of interest? That’s where the timing of the protons comes into play. The main idea is to measure the time it takes for the two protons to reach TOF detectors positioned equidistant from the center of the main detector. If the vertex is displaced to one side than that detector will measure a shorter time while the other side detector will measure a correspondingly longer time

  14. Picosecond pulses produced by mode locking a Nd:glass laser with Kodak dye number26

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    Schiller, N.H.; Foresti, M.; Alfano, R.R.

    1985-05-01

    Kodak dye number26 was used to generate picosecond laser pulses by mode locking a Nd:glass laser. The intensity profiles and characteristics of the pulses were compared with those of pulses emitted using dyes number5 and number9860.

  15. Surface displacement measured by beam distortion detection technique: Application to picosecond ultrasonics

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    Chigarev, N.; Rossignol, C.; Audoin, B.

    2006-11-15

    A sensitive technique of surface displacement measurement without interferometry is proposed for the goals of picosecond ultrasonics. Simple description of detection mechanism is provided on the basis of paraxial approximation of light diffraction. Test experiments with gold and tungsten layers have been performed and analyzed. The efficiency of the technique is compared with interferometry and reflectometry methods.

  16. Reactor for boron fusion with picosecond ultrahigh power laser pulses and ultrahigh magnetic field trapping

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    Miley, G. H.; Hora, H.; Kirchhoff, G.

    2016-05-01

    Compared with the deuterium tritium (DT) fusion, the environmentally clean fusion of protons with 11B is extremely difficult. When instead of nanosecond laser pulses for thermal-ablating driven ignition, picosecond pulses are used, a drastic change by nonlinearity results in ultrahigh acceleration of plasma blocks. This radically changes to economic boron fusion by a measured new avalanche ignition.

  17. Fluorescence and picosecond laser photolysis studies on the deactivation processes of excited hydrogen bonding systems

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    Ikeda, Noriaka; Okada, Tadashi; Mataga, Noboru

    1980-01-01

    The fluorescence quenching reaction of 2-naphthylamine and 1-pyrenol due to hydrogen bonding interaction with pyndine has been investigated Absorption spectra due to the state formed by charge transfer from excited naphthylamine to hydrogen bonded pyridine have been observed by means of picosecond laser photolysis.

  18. Applications using a Picosecond 14.7 nm X-Ray Laser

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    Dunn, J; Smith, R F; Nilsen, J; Shlyaptsev, V N; Filevich, J; Rocca, J J; Marconi, M C

    2001-09-21

    We report recent application experiments on the LLNL COMET tabletop facility using the picosecond, 14.7 nm Ni-like Pd x-ray laser. This work includes measurements of a laser-produced plasma density profile with a diffraction grating interferometer.

  19. Diode-pumped solid state laser sources of picosecond UV pulses for photobiology

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    Roisse, Eric; Louradour, Frederic; Couderc, Vincent; Barthelemy, Alain; Gaignet, M.; Balembois, Francois; Georges, Patrick M.; Brun, Alain

    1998-05-01

    We realized three different configurations for the production of picoseconds pulses in the UV by a diode-pumped solid-state laser. The first one is based on a diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF oscillator delivering tunable picosecond pulses in the near infrared. A Ti:Sapphire regenerative amplifier increased IR pulses energy up to 4.5 (mu) J. After doubling and tripling in two LBO crystals, we obtained pulses with an energy up to 0.14 (mu) J tunable between 273 and 286 nm. In the second scheme, based on a modelocked Nd:YAG laser, the SHG (KTP) and SFG (LBO) crystals are both inserted inside the cavity. The laser operated in a Q-switched mode-locked regime and produced 1.2 mW of UV average power in pulse of 60 picoseconds duration and 4 W peak power. In the last architecture, we used a resonant enhancement with a ring- cavity. We obtained 54% conversion efficiency in the green for picoseconds pulses at 1064 nm at 100 MHz rep. rate. A special arrangement was implemented for compensation of the birefringence and walk-off of the KTP crystal in the resonant cavity. Conversion to UV in the same cavity is in progress.

  20. PS-1/S1 picosecond streak camera application for multichannel laser system diagnostics

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    Garanin, S G; Bel'kov, S A; Rogozhnikov, G S; Rukavishnikov, N N; Romanov, V V; Voronich, I N; Vorob'ev, N S; Gornostaev, P B; Lozovoi, V I; Shchelev, M Ya

    2014-08-31

    A PS-1/S1 picosecond image-tube streak camera (ITSC) with slit scan (streak camera), developed and manufactured at the General Physics Institute RAS, has been used to measure the spatiotemporal characteristics of ultrashort laser pulses generated by a petawatt-power laser installation 'FEMTO' at the Institute of Laser Physics Research in Sarov. It is found that such a camera is suitable for measuring the spatial and temporal parameters of single laser pulses with an accuracy of about one picosecond. It is shown that the intensity time profile of a train of picosecond pulses may be precisely defined for the pulses separated in time by a few picoseconds. The camera allows the contrast of radiation to be determined with a high (no less than 10{sup 3}) accuracy; spatial distribution of the laser pulses can be measured with an accuracy of tens of microns, and the temporal separation of single laser pulses can be identified with an accuracy of 1 – 1.5 ps. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  1. PS-1/S1 picosecond streak camera application for multichannel laser system diagnostics

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    Garanin, S. G.; Bel'kov, S. A.; Rogozhnikov, G. S.; Rukavishnikov, N. N.; Romanov, V. V.; Voronich, I. N.; Vorob'ev, N. S.; Gornostaev, P. B.; Lozovoi, V. I.; Shchelev, M. Ya

    2014-08-01

    A PS-1/S1 picosecond image-tube streak camera (ITSC) with slit scan (streak camera), developed and manufactured at the General Physics Institute RAS, has been used to measure the spatiotemporal characteristics of ultrashort laser pulses generated by a petawatt-power laser installation 'FEMTO' at the Institute of Laser Physics Research in Sarov. It is found that such a camera is suitable for measuring the spatial and temporal parameters of single laser pulses with an accuracy of about one picosecond. It is shown that the intensity time profile of a train of picosecond pulses may be precisely defined for the pulses separated in time by a few picoseconds. The camera allows the contrast of radiation to be determined with a high (no less than 103) accuracy; spatial distribution of the laser pulses can be measured with an accuracy of tens of microns, and the temporal separation of single laser pulses can be identified with an accuracy of 1 - 1.5 ps.

  2. Amplitude and polarization instability of picosecond light pulses exciting a semiconductor optical resonator.

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    Markarov, V A; Pershin, S M; Podshivalov, A A; Zadoian, R S; Zheludev, N I

    1983-11-01

    The first results of our study of nonlinear shift, distortion of form, and destruction of picosecond light pulses interacting with a nonlinear Fabry-Perot resonator in a strongly nonstationary regime are reported. Polarization instability of the light pulse transmitted through a nonlinear resonator has been observed. PMID:19718182

  3. Picosecond excite-and-probe absorption measurement of the 4T2 state nonradiative lifetime in ruby

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    Gayen, S. K.; Wang, W. B.; Petricevic, V.; Dorsinville, R.; Alfano, R. R.

    1985-01-01

    In a picosecond excite-and-probe absorption measurement, a 527-nm picosecond pulse excites the 4T2 state of the Cr(3+) ion in ruby and a 3.4-micron picosecond probe pulse monitors the growth and decay of population in the 2E state as a function of pump-probe delay. From the growth of population in the metastable 2E state, an upper limit of 7 ps for the nonradiative lifetime of the 4T2 state is determined.

  4. Study of solvation dynamics in the interior of staphylococcal nuclease (SNase) using picosecond-resolved emission spectra of tryptophan

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    Gao, Guangyu; Li, Yu; Wang, Wei; Men, Jing; Zhong, Dongping; Wang, ShuFeng; Gong, Qihuang

    2014-09-01

    We report here our study on ultrafast spectral dynamics in the interior of SNase using picosecond-resolved emission spectra of tryptophan through site-directed mutagenesis. By probing the solvation dynamics in the nucleotide binding pocket and the Ca2+ binding pocket as well as in the interior of hydrophobic core, two robust relaxation time scales on a few picoseconds and on tens of picoseconds have been observed. Both two time scales are strongly correlated with local structural and chemical properties of protein. These distinct differences in solvation dynamics reflect the intimate relationship between the dynamic structures and the functions of enzyme.

  5. The First Picosecond after Sunlight Absorption in Si, GaAs, and CdTe from First-Principles Calculations

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    Bernardi, Marco; Neaton, Jeffrey B.; Louie, Steven G.

    2014-03-01

    Sunlight absorption in semiconducting materials generates out-of-equilibrium electron populations - also known as hot carriers - relaxing towards equilibrium through a host of scattering processes at the subpicosecond time scale. While such dissipation processes typically result in the loss of more than half of the energy associated with the absorbed sunlight, a microscopic understanding of this ultrafast regime is still missing. In this talk, we provide a detailed picture of the first picosecond after sunlight absorption in semiconductors of wide use in photovoltaics (PV) such as Si, GaAs, and CdTe. Our results are based on ab initio calculations combining density functional theory and the GW plus Bethe-Salpeter Equation (GW-BSE) approach together with electron-phonon interactions. We computed the lifetimes and k-space dependence of electron-electron and electron-phonon scattering events responsible for ultrafast solar energy dissipation. Using this information, we simulated the ultrafast dynamics of hot carriers using an empirical-parameter-free formulation of the Boltzmann equation. A clear understanding of hot carrier dynamics emerges for several materials of interest in PV, and novel engineering paradigms are suggested.

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  8. Quantum-chemical and picosecond investigations of excited states of thioindigoid dyes

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    Fabian, Yu.; Krysanov, S.A.; Alfimov, M.V.

    1987-11-01

    The thioindigoid dyes are convenient objects for studying reverse trans-cis photoisomerization. This is due to the extensive use of nanosecond photolysis. In this work, in order to interpret some new absorption bands, the authors compare the results of quantum-chemical and picosecond investigations of solutions of the trans isomers of thioindigo and a perinaphthothioindigoid dye. A double-beam optical system, which makes it possible to record the kinetics of the variation of the induced absorption in the range from several picoseconds to 5 nsec, was used for the real-time scanning of the continuum instead of an echelon. The spectroscopic properties of the thioindigoid chromophore can be understood in the framework of standard calculations by the Pariser-Parr-Pople method.

  9. Amplification of picosecond pulses in a 140-GHz gyrotron-traveling wave tube.

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    Kim, H J; Nanni, E A; Shapiro, M A; Sirigiri, J R; Woskov, P P; Temkin, R J

    2010-09-24

    An experimental study of picosecond pulse amplification in a gyrotron-traveling wave tube (gyro-TWT) has been carried out. The gyro-TWT operates with 30 dB of small signal gain near 140 GHz in the HE₀₆ mode of a confocal waveguide. Picosecond pulses show broadening and transit time delay due to two distinct effects: the frequency dependence of the group velocity near cutoff and gain narrowing by the finite gain bandwidth of 1.2 GHz. Experimental results taken over a wide range of parameters show good agreement with a theoretical model in the small signal gain regime. These results show that in order to limit the pulse broadening effect in gyrotron amplifiers, it is crucial to both choose an operating frequency at least several percent above the cutoff of the waveguide circuit and operate at the center of the gain spectrum with sufficient gain bandwidth. PMID:21230783

  10. Picosecond laser-induced breakdown at 5321 and 5347 A - Observation of frequency-dependent behavior

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    Smith, W. L.; Bechtel, J. H.; Bloembergen, N.

    1977-01-01

    A study is presented of picosecond laser-induced breakdown at 3547 and 5321 A of several materials. The thresholds obtained for breakdown at 5321 A are compared to previous results obtained at 1.064 microns using the same laser system. This comparison illustrates the transition of bulk laser-induced breakdown as it becomes increasingly frequency dependent. UV picosecond pulses are obtained by mixing 5321 A and 1.064 micron pulses in a KH2PO4 crystal. Upper and lower bounds on the 3547 A breakdown threshold are defined, although some effects of walk-off distortion and self-focusing are observed. The results are discussed with reference to models for the intrinsic processes involved in the breakdown, i.e., avalanche and multiphoton ionization.

  11. Measurement of Sub-Picosecond Electron Bunches via Electro-Optic Sampling of Coherent Transition Radiation

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    Maxwell, Timothy John

    2012-01-01

    Future collider applications as well as present high-gradient laser plasma wakefield accelerators and free-electron lasers operating with picosecond bunch durations place a higher demand on the time resolution of bunch distribution diagnostics. This demand has led to significant advancements in the field of electro-optic sampling over the past ten years. These methods allow the probing of diagnostic light such as coherent transition radiation or the bunch wakefields with sub-picosecond time resolution. We present results on the single-shot electro-optic spectral decoding of coherent transition radiation from bunches generated at the Fermilab A0 photoinjector laboratory. A longitudinal double-pulse modulation of the electron beam is also realized by transverse beam masking followed by a transverse-to-longitudinal phase-space exchange beamline. Live profile tuning is demonstrated by upstream beam focusing in conjunction with downstream monitoring of single-shot electro-optic spectral decoding of the coherent transition radiation.

  12. High-voltage picosecond photoconductor switch based on low-temperature-grown GaAs

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    Frankel, Michael Y.; Whitaker, John F.; Mourou, Gerard A.; Smith, Frank W.; Calawa, Arthur R.

    1990-01-01

    A GaAs material grown by molecular beam epitaxy at a low substrate temperature was used to fabricate a photoconductor switch that produces 6-V picosecond electrical pulses. The pulses were produced on a microwave coplanar-strip transmission line lithographically patterned on the low-temperature (LT) GaAs. A 150-fs laser pulse was used to generate carriers in the LT GaAs gap between the metal strips, partially shorting a high DC voltage placed across the lines. The 6-V magnitude of the electrical pulses obtained is believed to be limited by the laser pulse power and not by the properties of the LT GaAs. Experiments were also performed on a picosecond photoconductor switch fabricated on a conventional ion-damaged silicon-on-sapphire substrate. Although comparable pulse durations were obtained, the highest pulse voltage achieved with the latter device was 0.6 V.

  13. Filamentation and supercontinuum generation in solid-state dielectric media with picosecond laser pulses

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    Galinis, J.; Tamošauskas, G.; GražulevičiÅ«tÄ--, I.; KeblytÄ--, E.; Jukna, V.; Dubietis, A.

    2015-09-01

    Filamentation and supercontinuum generation with 1.3-ps, 1055-nm laser pulses in YAG crystal is investigated numerically and experimentally. Numerical simulations based on solving the unidirectional nonparaxial propagation equation uncover that the self-focusing dynamics of a picosecond laser pulse markedly differs from that observed in a femtosecond filamentation regime. We show that spatiotemporal transformation of the picosecond pulse is governed by the free electron plasma, which defocuses and absorbs its rear part, resulting in the formation of several subpulses of femtosecond duration, which thereafter undergo peculiar spatiotemporal dynamics and have different contributions to spectral superbroadening. The numerical findings are confirmed experimentally by measuring the spatiotemporal intensity profiles of the wave packet at various stages of propagation where relevant events of the spectral broadening occur.

  14. Quantitative phase retrieval with picosecond X-ray pulses from the ATF Inverse Compton Scattering source

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    Endrizzi, M.; Pogorelsky, I.; Gureyev, T.E.; Delogu, P.; Oliva, P.; Golosio, B.; Carpinelli, M.; Yakimenko, Y.; Bottigli, U.

    2011-01-28

    Quantitative phase retrieval is experimentally demonstrated using the Inverse Compton Scattering X-ray source available at the Accelerator Test Facility (ATF) in the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Phase-contrast images are collected using in-line geometry, with a single X-ray pulse of approximate duration of one picosecond. The projected thickness of homogeneous samples of various polymers is recovered quantitatively from the time-averaged intensity of transmitted X-rays. The data are in good agreement with the expectations showing that ATF Inverse Compton Scattering source is suitable for performing phase-sensitive quantitative X-ray imaging on the picosecond scale. The method shows promise for quantitative imaging of fast dynamic phenomena.

  15. Picosecond spectral coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering imaging with principal component analysis of meibomian glands

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    Lin, Chia-Yu; Suhalim, Jeffrey L.; Nien, Chyong Ly; Miljković, Miloš D.; Diem, Max; Jester, James V.; Potma, Eric. O.

    2011-02-01

    The lipid distribution in the mouse meibomian gland was examined with picosecond spectral anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) imaging. Spectral CARS data sets were generated by imaging specific localized regions of the gland within tissue sections at consecutive Raman shifts in the CH2 stretching vibrational range. Spectral differences between the location specific CARS spectra obtained in the lipid-rich regions of the acinus and the central duct were observed, which were confirmed with a Raman microspectroscopic analysis, and attributed to meibum lipid modifications within the gland. A principal component analysis of the spectral data set reveals changes in the CARS spectrum when transitioning from the acini to the central duct. These results demonstrate the utility of picosecond spectral CARS imaging combined with multivariate analysis for assessing differences in the distribution and composition of lipids in tissues.

  16. Raman linewidth measurements using time-resolved hybrid picosecond/nanosecond rotational CARS.

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    Nordström, Emil; Hosseinnia, Ali; Brackmann, Christian; Bood, Joakim; Bengtsson, Per-Erik

    2015-12-15

    We report an innovative approach for time-domain measurements of S-branch Raman linewidths using hybrid picosecond/nanosecond pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (RCARS). The Raman coherences are created by two picosecond excitation pulses and are probed using a narrow-band nanosecond pulse at 532 nm. The generated RCARS signal contains the entire coherence decay in a single pulse. By extracting the decay times of the individual transitions, the J-dependent Raman linewidths can be calculated. Self-broadened S-branch linewidths for nitrogen and oxygen at 293 K and ambient pressure are in good agreement with previous time-domain measurements. Experimental considerations of the approach are discussed along with its merits and limitations. The approach can be extended to a wide range of pressures and temperatures and has potential for simultaneous single-shot thermometry and linewidth determination. PMID:26670495

  17. Tracing temperature in a nanometer size region in a picosecond time period.

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    Nakajima, Kaoru; Kitayama, Takumi; Hayashi, Hiroaki; Matsuda, Makoto; Sataka, Masao; Tsujimoto, Masahiko; Toulemonde, Marcel; Bouffard, Serge; Kimura, Kenji

    2015-01-01

    Irradiation of materials with either swift heavy ions or slow highly charged ions leads to ultrafast heating on a timescale of several picosecond in a region of several nanometer. This ultrafast local heating result in formation of nanostructures, which provide a number of potential applications in nanotechnologies. These nanostructures are believed to be formed when the local temperature rises beyond the melting or boiling point of the material. Conventional techniques, however, are not applicable to measure temperature in such a localized region in a short time period. Here, we propose a novel method for tracing temperature in a nanometer region in a picosecond time period by utilizing desorption of gold nanoparticles around the ion impact position. The feasibility is examined by comparing with the temperature evolution predicted by a theoretical model. PMID:26293488

  18. Recording the synchrotron radiation by a picosecond streak camera for bunch diagnostics in cyclic accelerators

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    Vereshchagin, A. K.; Vorob'ev, N. S.; Gornostaev, P. B.; Dorokhov, V. L.; Kryukov, S. S.; Lozovoi, V. I.; Meshkov, O. I.; Nikiforov, D. A.; Smirnov, A. V.; Shashkov, E. V.; Schelev, M. Ya

    2016-02-01

    A PS-1/S1 picosecond streak camera with a linear sweep is used to measure temporal characteristics of synchrotron radiation pulses on a damping ring (DR) at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics (BINP) of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk). The data obtained allow a conclusion as to the formation processes of electron bunches and their 'quality' in the DR after injection from the linear accelerator. The expediency of employing the streak camera as a part of an optical diagnostic accelerator complex for adjusting the injection from a linear accelerator is shown. Discussed is the issue of designing a new-generation dissector with a time resolution up to a few picoseconds, which would allow implementation of a continuous bunch monitoring in the DR during mutual work with the electron-positron colliders at the BINP.

  19. Picosecond time-gated microscopy of UV-damaged plant tissue

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    Rehman, S.; Lukins, Philip B.

    2002-04-01

    We demonstrate that picosecond time-gated fluorescence microscopy can be used to monitor subtle changes in the kinetics and spatial distribution of perturbations to the molecular and cellular structure of plant tissue caused by ultraviolet radiation. Single-molecule experiments on Photosystem II and chloroplast preparations give picosecond fluorescence decay kinetics that are similar to those obtained previously on bulk samples. For green plant leaves, localized and well-defined cellular structure is seen for normal material whereas relatively diffuse and non-specific features are seen after UV-irradiation indicating significant UV-induced rupture of the cellular structure. The changes in the chlorophyll fluorescence decay kinetics indicate uncoupling of chlorophyll molecules in the light-harvesting system leading to inhibition of energy reorganization and transfer in the antennae and subsequent exciton transfer to the reaction centers.

  20. Tracing temperature in a nanometer size region in a picosecond time period

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    Nakajima, Kaoru; Kitayama, Takumi; Hayashi, Hiroaki; Matsuda, Makoto; Sataka, Masao; Tsujimoto, Masahiko; Toulemonde, Marcel; Bouffard, Serge; Kimura, Kenji

    2015-08-01

    Irradiation of materials with either swift heavy ions or slow highly charged ions leads to ultrafast heating on a timescale of several picosecond in a region of several nanometer. This ultrafast local heating result in formation of nanostructures, which provide a number of potential applications in nanotechnologies. These nanostructures are believed to be formed when the local temperature rises beyond the melting or boiling point of the material. Conventional techniques, however, are not applicable to measure temperature in such a localized region in a short time period. Here, we propose a novel method for tracing temperature in a nanometer region in a picosecond time period by utilizing desorption of gold nanoparticles around the ion impact position. The feasibility is examined by comparing with the temperature evolution predicted by a theoretical model.

  1. Picosecond soft-x-ray source from subpicosecond laser-produced plasmas

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    Workman, J.; Maksimchuk, A.; Liu, X.; Ellenberger, U.; Coe, J. S.; Chien, C.-Y.; Umstadter, D.

    1996-01-01

    Short-pulse high-intensity laser-plasma interactions are investigated experimentally with temporally and spectrally resolved soft-x-ray diagnostics. We demonstrate that, by adjustment of the incident laser flux, the pulse width of the laser-produced x rays emitted from solid targets may be varied to as short as the picosecond time scale. Bright, picosecond, broadband emission characteristic of a short-scale-length high-density plasma is produced only when a high laser contrast (1010) is used. The results are found to be in qualitative agreement with both the predictions of a simple model of radiation from a collisionally dominated atomic system and the results obtained from a numerical simulation. 52.40.Nk.

  2. Picosecond circular dichroism spectroscopy: experiment, theory, and applications to protein dynamics

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    Xie, Sunney; Simon, John D.

    1990-05-01

    An experimental technique for measuring time dependent circular dichroism signals with picosecond resolution is described. The details of the experimental apparatus are presented. Theoretical modeling of the detected signal demonstrates that the circular dichroism signal can be isolated from contributions due to pump-induced linear dichroism and linear birefringence effects. The experimental apparatus is used to examine the comformation relaxation in myoglobin following the photoelimination of CO from carbonmonoxymyoglobin. Probing the circular dichroism of the N-band of the herne at 355 nm reveals a relaxation of several hundreds of picosecond, over two orders of magnitude slower than the photo-induced bond cleavage. These results are discussed in terms of the restructuring of the protein following photodissociation.

  3. Amplification of Picosecond Pulses in a 140-GHz Gyrotron-Traveling Wave Tube

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    Kim, H. J.; Nanni, E. A.; Shapiro, M. A.; Sirigiri, J. R.; Woskov, P. P.; Temkin, R. J.

    2011-01-01

    An experimental study of picosecond pulse amplification in a gyrotron-traveling wave tube (gyro-TWT) has been carried out. The gyro-TWT operates with 30 dB of small signal gain near 140 GHz in the HE06 mode of a confocal waveguide. Picosecond pulses show broadening and transit time delay due to two distinct effects: the frequency dependence of the group velocity near cutoff and gain narrowing by the finite gain bandwidth of 1.2 GHz. Experimental results taken over a wide range of parameters show good agreement with a theoretical model in the small signal gain regime. These results show that in order to limit the pulse broadening effect in gyrotron amplifiers, it is crucial to both choose an operating frequency at least several percent above the cutoff of the waveguide circuit and operate at the center of the gain spectrum with sufficient gain bandwidth. PMID:21230783

  4. High-power picosecond laser drilling/machining of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites

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    Salama, A.; Li, L.; Mativenga, P.; Sabli, A.

    2016-02-01

    The large differences in physical and thermal properties of the carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite constituents make laser machining of this material challenging. An extended heat-affected zone (HAZ) often occurs. The availability of ultrashort laser pulse sources such as picosecond lasers makes it possible to improve the laser machining quality of these materials. This paper reports an investigation on the drilling and machining of CFRP composites using a state-of-the-art 400 W picosecond laser system. Small HAZs (<25 µm) were obtained on the entry side of 6-mm-diameter hole drilled on sample of 6 mm thickness, whereas no HAZ was seen below the top surface on the cut surfaces. Multiple ring material removal strategy was used. Furthermore, the effect of laser processing parameters such as laser power, scanning speed and repetition rate on HAZ sizes and ablation depth was investigated.

  5. Analyzing integrated circuits at work with a picosecond time-gated imager.

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    Comelli, D; D'Andrea, C; Valentini, G; Cubeddu, R; Casiraghi, R; Cantarelli, D

    2005-12-12

    A system based on a picosecond time-gated image intensifier is proposed for non-contact testing of CMOS circuits. The apparatus allows one to record the temporal evolution of the luminescence emitted during transistor switching as a function of the position inside the chip. The system is characterized by an intrinsic parallelism in the spatial dimensions. This feature is noticeable for studying wide sections of complex circuits, like microprocessors and random access memories, where multiple electrical events occur simultaneously. Experiments on a CMOS inverter chain and on a static memory have been carried out, in order to demonstrate the applicability of a picosecond time-gated imager to circuit analysis. PMID:19503220

  6. Tracing temperature in a nanometer size region in a picosecond time period

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    Nakajima, Kaoru; Kitayama, Takumi; Hayashi, Hiroaki; Matsuda, Makoto; Sataka, Masao; Tsujimoto, Masahiko; Toulemonde, Marcel; Bouffard, Serge; Kimura, Kenji

    2015-01-01

    Irradiation of materials with either swift heavy ions or slow highly charged ions leads to ultrafast heating on a timescale of several picosecond in a region of several nanometer. This ultrafast local heating result in formation of nanostructures, which provide a number of potential applications in nanotechnologies. These nanostructures are believed to be formed when the local temperature rises beyond the melting or boiling point of the material. Conventional techniques, however, are not applicable to measure temperature in such a localized region in a short time period. Here, we propose a novel method for tracing temperature in a nanometer region in a picosecond time period by utilizing desorption of gold nanoparticles around the ion impact position. The feasibility is examined by comparing with the temperature evolution predicted by a theoretical model. PMID:26293488

  7. A Quest for Measuring Ion Bunch Longitudinal Profiles with One Picosecond Accuracy in the SNS Linac.

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    Aleksandrov, Alexander V; Dickson, Richard W

    2012-01-01

    The SNS linac utilizes several accelerating structures operating at different frequencies and with different transverse focusing structures. Low-loss beam transport requires a careful matching at the transition points in both the transverse and longitudinal axes. Longitudinal beam parameters are measured using four Bunch Shape Monitors (used at many ion accelerator facilities, aka Feschenko devices). These devices, as initially delivered to the SNS, provided an estimated accuracy of about 5 picoseconds, which was sufficient for the initial beam commissioning. New challenges of improving beam transport for higher power operation will require measuring bunch profiles with 1-2 picoseconds accuracy. We have successfully implemented a number of improvements to maximize the performance characteristics of the delivered devices. We will discuss the current status of this instrument, its ultimate theoretical limit of accuracy, and how we measure its accuracy and resolution with real beam conditions.

  8. Picosecond fiber MOPA pumped supercontinuum source with 39 W output power.

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    Chen, Kang Kang; Alam, Shaif-Ul; Price, Jonathan H V; Hayes, John R; Lin, Dejiao; Malinowski, Andrew; Codemard, Christophe; Ghosh, Debashri; Pal, Mrinmay; Bhadra, Shyamal K; Richardson, David J

    2010-03-15

    We report a picosecond fiber MOPA pumped supercontinuum source with 39 W output, spanning at least 0.4-2.25 microm at a repetition rate of 114.8 MHz. The 2m long PCF had a large, 4.4 microm diameter core and a high-delta design which led to an 80% coupling efficiency, high damage threshold and rapid generation of visible continuum generation from the picosecond input pulses. The high and relatively uniform power density across the visible spectral region was approximately 31.7 mW/nm corresponding to peak power density of approximately 12.5 W/nm for the 21 ps input pulses. The peak power density was increased to 26.9 W/nm by reducing the repetition rate to 28 MHz. This represents an increase in both average and peak power compared to previously reported visible supercontinuum sources from either CW pumped or pulsed-systems. PMID:20389559

  9. Applications of infrared free electron lasers in picosecond and nonlinear spectroscopy

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    Fann, W. S.; Benson, S. V.; Madey, J. M. J.; Etemad, S.; Baker, G. L.; Rothberg, L.; Roberson, M.; Austin, R. H.

    1990-10-01

    In this paper we describe two different types of spectroscopic experiments that exploit the characteristics of the infrared FEL, Mark III, for studies of condensed matter: - the spectrum of χ(3)(-3ω; ω, ω, ω) in polyacetylene: an application of the free electron laser in nonlinear optical spectroscopy, and - a dynamical test of Davydov-like solitons in acetanilide using a picosecond free electron laser. These two studies highlight the unique contributions FELs can make to condensed-matter spectroscopy.

  10. Observation of self-focusing in optical fibers with picosecond pulses.

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    Baldeck, P L; Raccah, F; Alfano, R R

    1987-08-01

    Self-focusing was observed at Raman frequencies, using picosecond pulses propagating in a large-core optical fiber of 100-microm diameter. For intense input pulses, a continuum of Stokes frequencies was generated in a small ring-waveguide structure. The ring diameter of 11 microm was about 10 times smaller than the beam diameter at low intensities. The ring structure was attributed to an induced-gradient-index profile arising from the nonlinear index of refraction. PMID:19741807

  11. Shaping pulses using frequency conversion with a modulated picosecond free electron laser

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    Hooper, B.A.; Madey, J.M.J.

    1995-12-31

    Computer simulations and experiments indicate that we can shape the infrared picosecond pulses of the Mark III FEL in amplitude, frequency, and phase. Strongly modulated fundamental and second harmonic pulses have been generated by operating the Mark III FEL in the regime of strong sideband growth. In this paper, we present the results of simulations and experiments for second harmonic generation with fundamental inputs from 2 to 3 {mu}m.

  12. Multiplex picosecond coherent Stokes raman spectroscopy of pentacene doped in naphthalene

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    Chang, Ta-Chau; Liu, Tie-Yue; Wu, Hsing-Mei; Li, Hung-Wen

    1992-09-01

    We present a study of the multiplex picosecond CSRS experiments of the mixed crystals of pentacene doped in naphthalene. By this method we are able to measure vibrational decay times from different species simultaneously. The shorter decay time measured for the 1385 cm -1 mode of naphthalene while increasing the concentration of pentacene and tuning the pump frequency near the absorption transition may be interpreted by the model of impurity perturbed domains.

  13. Picosecond spectroscopy of charge-transfer processes. Photochemistry of anthracene-tetranitromethane EDA complexes

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    Masnovi, J. M.; Huffman, J. C.; Kochi, J. K.; Hilinski, E. F.; Rentzepis, P. M.

    1984-04-01

    The temporal sequence of events that follow 532 nm excitation of electron donor-acceptor, EDA, complexes of several substituted anthracenes with tetranitromethane is monitored by means of picosecond spectroscopy. Excitation of the charge-transfer band of these EDA complexes produces high yields of 1 : 1 adducts. Absorption spectra and kinetics of the transient species involved in these photochemical reactions provide the basis for elucidation of the reaction mechanism following charge-transfer excitation to the ion pairs.

  14. Magnetic vortex dynamics on a picosecond timescale in a hexagonal permalloy pattern

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    Shim, J.-H.; Kim, D.-H.; Mesler, B.; Moon, J.-H.; Lee, K.-J.; Anderson, E. H.; Fischer, P.

    2009-12-02

    We have observed a motion of magnetic vortex core in a hexagonal Permalloy pattern by means of Soft X-ray microscopy. Pump-probe stroboscopic observation on a picosecond timescale has been carried out after exciting a ground state vortex structure by an external field pulse of 1 ns duration. Vortex core is excited off from the center position of the hexagonal pattern but the analysis of the core trajectory reveals that the motion is nongyrotropic.

  15. ARTICLES: Characteristics of the amplification of picosecond ultraviolet pulses in an XeCl amplifier

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    Platonenko, Viktor T.; Taranukhin, Vladimir D.

    1987-01-01

    A numerical investigation was made of the amplification of picosecond pulses in an XeCl amplifier, taking into account the real vibrational-rotational structure of the gain spectrum of the XeCl molecule. It was found that the coherent effects can be manifested and, in particular, that a marked reduction can take place in the duration of the pulses which are amplified.

  16. Capturing Transient Electronic and Molecular Structures in Liquids by Picosecond X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Gawelda, W.; Pham, V. T.; El Nahhas, A.; Kaiser, M.; Zaushitsyn, Y.; Bressler, C.; Chergui, M.; Johnson, S. L.; Grolimund, D.; Abela, R.; Hauser, A.

    2007-02-02

    We describe an advanced setup for time-resolved x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) Spectroscopy with picosecond temporal resolution. It combines an intense femtosecond laser source synchronized to the x-ray pulses delivered into the microXAS beamline of the Swiss Light Source (SLS). The setup is applied to measure the short-lived high-spin geometric structure of photoexcited aqueous Fe(bpy)3 at room temperature.

  17. Observation of coherent undulator radiation from sub-picosecond electron pulses

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    Bocek, D.; Hernandez, M.; Kung, P.; Lihn, Hung-chi; Settakorn, C.; Wiedemann, H.

    1995-09-01

    The generation and observation of high power, coherent, far-infrared undulator radiation from sub-picosecond electron bunches at the SUNSHINE facility is reported. Coherent undulator radiation tunable from 50 to 200 microns wavelength is demonstrated. Measurements of the energy (up to 1.7 mJ per 1 microsecs macropulse), frequency spectrum, and spatial distribution of the radiation are reported. Apparent exponential growth of the radiated energy as a function of undulator length is observed.

  18. Applications of picosecond lasers and pulse-bursts in precision manufacturing

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    Knappe, Ralf

    2012-03-01

    Just as CW and quasi-CW lasers have revolutionized the materials processing world, picosecond lasers are poised to change the world of micromachining, where lasers outperform mechanical tools due to their flexibility, reliability, reproducibility, ease of programming, and lack of mechanical force or contamination to the part. Picosecond lasers are established as powerful tools for micromachining. Industrial processes like micro drilling, surface structuring and thin film ablation benefit from a process, which provides highest precision and minimal thermal impact for all materials. Applications such as microelectronics, semiconductor, and photovoltaic industries use picosecond lasers for maximum quality, flexibility, and cost efficiency. The range of parts, manufactured with ps lasers spans from microscopic diamond tools over large printing cylinders with square feet of structured surface. Cutting glass for display and PV is a large application, as well. With a smart distribution of energy into groups of ps-pulses at ns-scale separation (known as burst mode) ablation rates can be increased by one order of magnitude or more for some materials, also providing a better surface quality under certain conditions. The paper reports on the latest results of the laser technology, scaling of ablation rates, and various applications in ps-laser micromachining.

  19. [Focusing properties of picosecond electric pulses in non-invasive cancer treatment].

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    Long, Zaiquan; Yao, Chenguo; Li, Chengxiang; Mi, Yan; Sun, Caixin

    2010-10-01

    In the light of optical theory, we advanc an ultra-wideband impulse radiating antenna (IRA) which is composed of an ellipsoidal reflector and a cone radiator. The high-intensity ultra-short electric pulses radiated by IRA can be transferred into the deep target in tissue non-invasively and be focused effectively. With the focused picosecond electric pulses, the organelles (mitochondria) transmembrane potential shall change to collapse under which the tumor cells will be targetly induced to apoptosis, so the method of non-invasive treatment of tumors would be achieved. Based on the time-domain electromagnetic field theory, the propagation characteristics of picosecond electric pulses were analyzed with and without the context of biological tissue, respectively. The results show that the impulse characteristics of input pulse were maintained and the picosecond electric pulses can keep high resolution in target areas. Meanwhile, because of the dispersive nature of medium, the pulse amplitude of the pulses will attenuate and the pulse width will be broadened. PMID:21089684

  20. Few-femtosecond timing jitter from a picosecond all-polarization-maintaining Yb-fiber laser.

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    Chen, Wei; Song, Youjian; Jung, Kwangyun; Hu, Minglie; Wang, Chingyue; Kim, Jungwon

    2016-01-25

    We characterize the timing jitter of a picosecond all-polarization-maintaining (all-PM) Yb-fiber laser using the optical cross-correlation method. For the 10 MHz all-normal dispersion mode-locked laser with ~0.5 nm spectral bandwidth, the measured high-frequency jitter is as low as 5.9 fs (RMS) when integrated from 10 kHz to the Nyquist frequency of 5 MHz. A complete numerical model with ASE noise is built to simulate the timing jitter characteristics in consideration of intracavity pulse evolution. The mutual comparison among simulation result, analytical model and experiment data indicate that the few femtosecond timing jitter from the picosecond fiber laser is attributed to the complete elimination of Gordon-Haus jitter by narrow bandpass filtering by a fiber Bragg grating (FBG). The low level of timing jitter from this compact and maintenance-free PM picosecond fiber laser source at a low MHz repetition rate is promising to advance a number of femtosecond-precision timing and synchronization applications. PMID:26832515

  1. Picosecond-time-resolved studies of nonradiative relaxation in ruby and alexandrite

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    Gayen, S.K.; Wang, W.B.; Petricevic, V.; Alfano, R.R.

    1985-01-01

    Dynamics of the nonradiative transitions between the /sup 4/T/sub 2/ pump band and the /sup 2/E storage level of the Cr/sup 3 +/ ion in ruby and alexandrite crystals is studied using the picosecond excite-and-probe absorption technique. A 527-nm picosecond pulse excites the /sup 4/T/sub 2/ state of the Cr/sup 3 +/ ion, and an infrared picosecond probe pulse monitors the subsequent growth and decay of population in the excited states as a function of pump-probe delay. An upper limit of 7 ps is determined for the nonradiative lifetime of the /sup 4/T/sub 2/ state in ruby. A vibrational relaxation time of 25 ps for the /sup 4/T/sub 2/ band in alexandrite is estimated. The time to attain thermal equilibrium population between the /sup 2/E and /sup 4/T/sub 2/ levels of alexandrite following excitation of /sup 4/T/sub 2/ band is estimated to be approx. 100 ps.

  2. High energy picosecond laser for applications in microstructuring of crystalline silicon

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    Lin, Xuechun; Yu, Haijuan; Huang, Yongguang; Zhang, Ling; Zhu, Hongliang

    2012-10-01

    Black silicon is very promising for the third generation Solar Cells, because of its fascinating light absorption of above 98% in visible spectrum and more than 90% in 800-2500 nm, and its surface micro-nano structures enlarge light trapping intermediate impurities levels caused by supersaturated doping expand absorptive limitation of crystalline Si. In recent years femtosecond laser pulses were widely used in the process of improving the absorptance by irradiating silicon surfaces with in the presence of different gases. Nevertheless, picosecond laser used to fabricate large-area black silicon is seldom reported. A diode-pumped picosecond Nd:YAG regenerative amplifier laser system designed for microstructuring the crystalline silicon was reported in this paper. At the repetition of 1 kHz, the system generated 1 W average-power, 26-ps-long pulses with a pulse energy of 1 mJ at 1064 nm, which corresponds the peak power of 38.5 MW. A 0.5 W second-harmonic 532 nm laser is achieved with a 20 mm long noncritically phase-matched lithium triborate (LBO) crystal from the 1W 1064 nm laser. igh optical absorption black Si irradiated with 1064 nm and 532 nm picosecond pulses in SF6 at different laser fluence. And the relationship between the surface morphology and the wavelength or the laser fluence was researched.

  3. Detection of nonlinear picosecond acoustic pulses by time-resolved Brillouin scattering

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    Gusev, Vitalyi E.

    2014-08-14

    In time-resolved Brillouin scattering (also called picosecond ultrasonic interferometry), the time evolution of the spatial Fourier component of an optically excited acoustic strain distribution is monitored. The wave number is determined by the momentum conservation in photon-phonon interaction. For linear acoustic waves propagating in a homogeneous medium, the detected time-domain signal of the optical probe transient reflectivity shows a sinusoidal oscillation at a constant frequency known as the Brillouin frequency. This oscillation is a result of heterodyning the constant reflection from the sample surface with the Brillouin-scattered field. Here, we present an analytical theory for the nonlinear reshaping of a propagating, finite amplitude picosecond acoustic pulse, which results in a time-dependence of the observed frequency. In particular, we examine the conditions under which this information can be used to study the time-evolution of the weak-shock front speed. Depending on the initial strain pulse parameters and the time interval of its nonlinear transformation, our theory predicts the detected frequency to either be monotonically decreasing or oscillating in time. We support these theoretical predictions by comparison with available experimental data. In general, we find that picosecond ultrasonic interferometry of nonlinear acoustic pulses provides access to the nonlinear acoustic properties of a medium spanning most of the GHz frequency range.

  4. A low timing jitter picosecond microchip laser pumped by pulsed LD

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    Wang, Sha; Wang, Yan-biao; Feng, Guoying; Zhou, Shou-huan

    2016-07-01

    SESAM passively Q-switched microchip laser is a very promising instrument to replace mode locked lasers to obtain picosecond pulses. The biggest drawback of a passively Q-switched microchip laser is its un-avoided large timing jitter, especially when the pump intensity is low, i.e. at low laser repetition rate range. In order to obtain a low timing jitter passively Q-switched picosecond microchip laser in the whole laser repetition rate range, a 1000 kHz pulsed narrow bandwidth Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) stablized laser diode was used as the pump source. By tuning the pump intensity, we could control the output laser frequency. In this way, we achieved a very low timing jitter passively Q-switched picosecond laser at 2.13 mW, 111.1 kHz. The relative timing jitter was only 0.0315%, which was around 100 times smaller compared with a cw LD pumped microchip working at hundred kilohertz repetition rate frequency range.

  5. Stretching of Picosecond Laser Pulses with Uniform Reflecting Volume Bragg Gratings

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    Mokhov, Sergiy

    It is shown that a uniform reflecting volume Bragg grating (VBG) can be used as a compact monolithic stretcher of high-power picosecond laser pulses in cases when chirped Bragg gratings with an appropriate chirp rate are difficult to fabricate. A chirp-free reflected stretched pulse is generated of almost rectangular shape when incident short pulse propagates along a grating and experiences local Bragg diffraction. The increase in duration of the reflected pulse is approximately equal to twice the propagation times along the grating. We derived the analytic expression for diffraction efficiency, which incorporates incident pulse duration, grating thickness, and amplitude of refractive index modulation, enabling an optimum selection of the grating for pulse stretching. The typical expected theoretical value of diffraction efficiency is about 10% after taking into account the spectral narrowing of the reflected emission. We believe that the relatively low energy efficiency of the proposed method is more than offset by a number of advantages, which are chirp-free spectrum of a stretched pulse, compactness, robustness, preservation of setup alignment and beam quality, and tolerance to high power. Obtained pulses of several tens of picoseconds can be amplified by standard methods which are not requiring special measures to avoid undesirable non-linear effects. We propose a simple and reliable method to control the temporal parameters of the high-power picosecond pulses using the same laser source and the VGB of variable thickness that can significantly simplify the experiments requiring different pulse durations.

  6. Toward picosecond time-resolved X-ray absorption studies of interfacial photochemistry

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    Gessner, Oliver; Mahl, Johannes; Neppl, Stefan

    2016-05-01

    We report on the progress toward developing a novel picosecond time-resolved transient X-ray absorption spectroscopy (TRXAS) capability for time-domain studies of interfacial photochemistry. The technique is based on the combination of a high repetition rate picosecond laser system with a time-resolved X-ray fluorescent yield setup that may be used for the study of radiation sensitive materials and X-ray spectroscopy compatible photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. The mobile system is currently deployed at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) and may be used in all operating modes (two-bunch and multi-bunch) of the synchrotron. The use of a time-stamping technique enables the simultaneous recording of TRXAS spectra with delays between the exciting laser pulses and the probing X-ray pulses spanning picosecond to nanosecond temporal scales. First results are discussed that demonstrate the viability of the method to study photoinduced dynamics in transition metal-oxide semiconductor (SC) samples under high vacuum conditions and at SC-liquid electrolyte interfaces during photoelectrochemical water splitting. Opportunities and challenges are outlined to capture crucial short-lived intermediates of photochemical processes with the technique. This work was supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program.

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  11. Emergent Expertise?

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    McGivern, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    The concept of emergence appears in various places within the literature on expertise and expert practice. Here, I examine some of these applications of emergence in the light of two prominent accounts of emergence from the philosophy of science and philosophy of mind. I evaluate these accounts with respect to several specific contexts in which…

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  13. Design of a 50 TW/20 J chirped-Pulse Amplification Laser for High-Energy-Density Plasma Physics Experiments at the Nevada Terawatt Facility of the University of Nevada

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    Erlandson, A C; Astanovitskiy, A; Batie, S; Bauer, B; Bayramian, A; Caird, J A; Cowan, T; Ebbers, C; Fuchs, J; Faretto, H; Glassman, J; Ivanov, V; LeGalloudec, B; LeGalloudec, N; Letzring, S; Payne, S; Stuart, B

    2003-09-07

    We have developed a conceptual design for a 50 TW/20 J short-pulse laser for performing high-energy-density plasma physics experiments at the Nevada Terawatt Facility of the University of Nevada, Reno. The purpose of the laser is to develop proton and x-ray radiography techniques, to use these techniques to study z-pinch plasmas, and to study deposition of intense laser energy into both magnetized and unmagnetized plasmas. Our design uses a commercial diode-pumped Nd:glass oscillator to generate 3-nJ. 200-fs mode-locked pulses at 1059 m. An all-reflective grating stretcher increases pulse duration to 1.1 ns. A two-stage chirped-pulse optical parametric amplifier (OPCPA) using BBO crystals boosts pulse energy to 12 mJ. A chain using mixed silicate-phosphate Nd:glass increases pulse energy to 85 J while narrowing bandwidth to 7.4 nm (FWHM). About 50 J is split off to the laser target chamber to generate plasma while the remaining energy is directed to a roof-mirror pulse compressor, where two 21 cm x 42 cm gold gratings recompress pulses to {approx}350 fs. A 30-cm-focal-length off-axis parabolic reflector (OAP) focuses {approx}20 J onto target, producing an irradiance of 10{sup 19} W/cm{sup 2} in a 10-{micro}m-diameter spot. This paper describes planned plasma experiments, system performance requirements, the laser design, and the target area design.

  14. Picosecond spectroscopy of vibrational and electronic dynamics in high-pressure molecular solids

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    Crowell, R.A. II.

    1992-01-01

    Picosecond time resolved studies of vibrational and electronic dynamics in molecular solids are presented. Several uranyl compounds were selected that had large gaps in their vibrational energy density of states. Picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman measurements (psCARS) reveal that at 10 K vibrational relaxation occurs by at least a fifth order anharmonic mechanism. At elevated temperatures vibrational decay proceeds predominantly by a cubic anharmonic upconversion mechanism. The results of psCARS on a low temperature molecular solid in a high pressure diamond anvil cell are presented. For carbon disulfide pressure induced shifts in the phonon frequencies result in the opening up of a new relaxation pathway for the 2[nu][sub 2] mode. This pressure induced relaxation mechanism appears to dominate the dynamics of this mode at pressures greater than 19 kbar. Pressure dependent low temperature psCARS measurements for the [nu][sub 9], [nu][sub 8], and [nu][sub 5] of naphthalene are presented. Pressure induced density of states effects are isolated, allowing direct observations of pressure induced anharmonic coupling effects. The magnitude of the pressure induced anharmonic coupling is highly mode specific. psCARS measurements at low temperature are performed on homogeneous high pressure crystals and on highly strained crystals. Results are analyzed in terms of competition between vibrational relaxation and inhomogeneous dephasing. Changes in vibrational dephasing induced by a large negative pressure change ([minus][Delta]P [ge] 5 kbar) are used to determine the magnitude of inhomogeneous dephasing effects. The strain induced inhomogeneous dephasing is mode specific. Picosecond photon echo measurements on a molecular solid in a high pressure diamond anvil cell at low temperature are presented. Results for the O[sub 1] and O[sub 3] photosites in pentacene doped pterphenyl are presented and discussed in terms of pressure induced changes in the Debye frequency.

  15. Photoconductivity in organic thin films: From picoseconds to seconds after excitation

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    Day, J.; Subramanian, S.; Anthony, J. E.; Lu, Z.; Twieg, R. J.; Ostroverkhova, O.

    2008-06-01

    We present a detailed study, on time scales from picoseconds to seconds, of transient and continuous wave (cw) photoconductivity in solution-grown thin films of functionalized pentacene (Pc), anthradithiophene (ADT), and dicyanomethylenedihydrofuran (DCDHF). In all films, at temperatures of 285-350 K, we observe fast carrier photogeneration and nonthermally activated charge transport on picosecond time scales. At ˜30 ps after photoexcitation at room temperature and at applied electric field of 1.2×104 V/cm, values obtained for the product of mobility and photogeneration efficiency, μη, in ADT-tri-isoproplysilylethynyl-(TIPS)-F, Pc-TIPS, and DCDHF films are ˜0.018-0.025, ˜0.01-0.022, and ˜0.002-0.004 cm2/V s, respectively, depending on the film quality, and are weakly electric field dependent. In functionalized ADT and Pc films, the power-law decay dynamics of the transient photoconductivity is observed, on time scales of up to ˜1 μs after photoexcitation, in the best samples. In contrast, in DCDHF amorphous glass, most of the photogenerated carriers are trapped within ˜200 ps. Transport of photoexcited carriers on longer time scales is probed by cw illumination through an optical chopper, with a variable chopper frequency. In contrast with what is observed on picosecond time scales, charge carriers on millisecond and longer time scales are predominantly localized, and are characterized by a broad distribution of carrier lifetimes. Such carriers make the principal contributions to dc photoconductivity.

  16. Picosecond dynamics of photochemical systems. Final report, 1/1/79-6/30/80. [(Ketone) fluorenone; 1,4-diazobicyclooctane (amine)

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    Peters, K.S.

    1980-11-17

    The mechanism of the photoreduction of aromatic ketones by amines has been investigated using picosecond absorption spectroscopy. The experiments reveal that the process involves complete electron transfer occurring within a half-life of 20 picoseconds for benzophenone/Dabco and fluorenone/Dabco.

  17. Picosecond and nanosecond pulse delivery through a hollow-core Negative Curvature Fiber for micro-machining applications.

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    Jaworski, Piotr; Yu, Fei; Maier, Robert R J; Wadsworth, William J; Knight, Jonathan C; Shephard, Jonathan D; Hand, Duncan P

    2013-09-23

    We present high average power picosecond and nanosecond pulse delivery at 1030 nm and 1064 nm wavelengths respectively through a novel hollow-core Negative Curvature Fiber (NCF) for high-precision micro-machining applications. Picosecond pulses with an average power above 36 W and energies of 92 µJ, corresponding to a peak power density of 1.5 TWcm⁻² have been transmitted through the fiber without introducing any damage to the input and output fiber end-faces. High-energy nanosecond pulses (>1 mJ), which are ideal for micro-machining have been successfully delivered through the NCF with a coupling efficiency of 92%. Picosecond and nanosecond pulse delivery have been demonstrated in fiber-based laser micro-machining of fused silica, aluminum and titanium. PMID:24104161

  18. 130-W picosecond green laser based on a frequency-doubled hybrid cryogenic Yb:YAG amplifier.

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    Hong, Kyung-Han; Lai, Chien-Jen; Siddiqui, Aleem; Kärtner, Franz X

    2009-09-14

    130-W average-power picosecond green laser pulses at 514.5 nm are generated from a frequency-doubled hybrid cryogenic Yb:YAG laser. A second-harmonic conversion efficiency of 54% is achieved with a 15-mm-long noncritically phase-matched lithium triborate (LBO) crystal from a 240-W 8-ps 78-MHz pulse train at 1029 nm. The high-average-power hybrid laser system consists of a picosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplification seed source and a cryogenically-cooled double-pass Yb:YAG amplifier. The M(2) value of 2.7, measured at 77 W of second-harmonic power, demonstrates a good focusing quality. A thermal analysis shows that the longitudinal temperature gradient can be the main limiting factor in the second-harmonic efficiency. To our best knowledge, this is the highest-average-power green laser source generating picosecond pulses. PMID:19770908

  19. High-energy picosecond hybrid fiber/crystal laser for thin films solar cells micromachining

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    Lecourt, Jean-Bernard; Boivinet, Simon; Bertrand, Anthony; Lekime, Didier; Hernandez, Yves

    2015-05-01

    We report on an hybrid fiber/crystal ultra-short pulsed laser delivering high pulse energy and high peak power in the picosecond regime. The laser is composed of a mode-lock fiber oscillator, a pulse picker and subsequent fiber amplifiers. The last stage of the laser is a single pass Nd:YVO4 solid-state amplifier. We believe that this combination of both technologies is a very promising approach for making efficient, compact and low cost lasers compatible with industrial requirements.

  20. Spatiospectral and picosecond spatiotemporal properties of a broad area operating channeled-substrate-planar laser array

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    Yu, NU; Defreez, Richard K.; Bossert, David J.; Wilson, Geoffrey A.; Elliott, Richard A.

    1991-01-01

    Spatiospectral and spatiotemporal properties of an eight-element channeled-substrate-planar laser array are investigated in both CW and pulsed operating conditions. The closely spaced CSP array with strong optical coupling between array elements is characterized by a broad area laserlike operation determined by its spatial mode spectra. The spatiotemporal evolution of the near and far field exhibits complex dynamic behavior in the picosecond to nanosecond domain. Operating parameters for the laser device have been experimentally determined. These results provide important information for the evaluation of the dynamic behavior of coherent semiconductor laser arrays.

  1. Optical harmonic generation from animal tissues by the use of picosecond and femtosecond laser pulses

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    Guo, Yici; Ho, P. P.; Tirksliunas, A.; Liu, Feng; Alfano, R. R.

    1996-12-01

    Second- and third-harmonic generations of femtosecond and picosecond laser pulses have been measured from chicken skin, muscle, and fat tissues. The magnitude of the harmonic signals showed a strong structural dependence with the signal from skin interface being the strongest. The polarization dependence of the signal was also measured and found to be consistent with the fact that the tissue samples were highly scattering random media. The second-harmonic- and third-harmonic-generation conversion efficiencies were found to be in the range of approximately 10 -7 to approximately 10-10.

  2. Dynamical test of Davydov-type solitons in acetanilide using a picosecond free-electron laser

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    Fann, Wunshain; Rothberg, Lewis; Roberson, Mark; Benson, Steve; Madey, John; Etemad, Shahab; Austin, Robert

    1990-01-01

    Picosecond infrared excitation experiments on acetanilide, an α-helix protein analog, indicate that the anomalous 1650-cm-1 band which appears on cooling of acetanilide crystals persists for at least several microseconds following rapid pulsed heating. The ground-state recovery time is 15+/-5 psec, consistent with a conventional mode strongly coupled to the phonon bath. We therefore suggest that the unusual temperature-dependent spectroscopy of acetanilide can be accounted for by slightly nondegenerate hydrogen atom configurations in the crystal.

  3. Note: Picosecond impulse generator driven by cascaded step recovery diode pulse shaping circuit.

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    Choi, Gil Wong; Choi, Jin Joo; Han, Seung Hoon

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, a picosecond impulse generator using step recovery diodes (SRDs) is presented. In order to reduce the pulse width of an impulse generator, we employed a cascaded SRD pulse-shaping circuit. A short impulse generation is confirmed in numerical simulation of a time-transient circuit simulator. Measurements show that the measured pulse width of the cascaded SRD impulse generator is 250 ps at 10% of the peak amplitude, which is improved by 85 ps compared with a conventional SRD impulse generator. PMID:21280869

  4. Note: Picosecond impulse generator driven by cascaded step recovery diode pulse shaping circuit

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    Wong Choi, Gil; Joo Choi, Jin; Hoon Han, Seung

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, a picosecond impulse generator using step recovery diodes (SRDs) is presented. In order to reduce the pulse width of an impulse generator, we employed a cascaded SRD pulse-shaping circuit. A short impulse generation is confirmed in numerical simulation of a time-transient circuit simulator. Measurements show that the measured pulse width of the cascaded SRD impulse generator is 250 ps at 10% of the peak amplitude, which is improved by 85 ps compared with a conventional SRD impulse generator.

  5. Picosecond laser induced fragmentation of coarse Cu2O particles into nanoparticles in liquid media

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    Ali, Mokhtar; Remalli, Nagarjuna; Yehya, Fahem; Chaudhary, Anil Kumar; Srikanth, Vadali V. S. S.

    2015-12-01

    Micron sized cuprous oxide (Cu2O) particles are easily fragmented into nanosized (5-10 nm) particles using picosecond (ps) laser (wavelength = 532 nm) pulses. The coarse Cu2O particles are first synthesized by reducing copper chloride with the aid of honey. These particles are then dispersed in liquid media (double distilled water or ethanol) and exposed to ps laser pulses to obtain well-dispersed nanosized Cu2O particles. By using this method of fragmentation, morphology of the particles can be altered while retaining their crystal structure. The innate nature of this method allows continuous production of nanoparticles from coarser particles.

  6. Picosecond kinetics and Sn <-- S1 absorption spectra of retinoids and carotenoids

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    Bondarev, Stanislav L.; Tikhomirov, S. A.; Bachilo, Sergei M.

    1991-05-01

    Light energy absorption, as well as the subsequent photochemical and photophysical processes of cis -+trans isomerisation (vision and bacteriorhodopsin photosynthesis) and energy transfer (photosynthesis in green plants and micro organisms) take place in a pigment-protein complex including polyene chromophors, retinoids and carotenoids. Picosecond and subpicosecond studies of the spectral and kinetic characteristics of these processes are carried out in both complex photoreceptor and photosynthetic ms'2 and model systems with the use of solutions of retinoids and carotenoids.36 The lifetimes of the lower singlet-exited states S (21A; ) ofsome carotenoids in toluene at room temperature have been measured by the method of picosecond photolysis and amount to 8.6+/- 0.5 for all-trans-fl -carotene1 and 5.2 0.6 PS for canthaxanthin.5 /3 -carotene fluorescence at room temperature is practically absent, its yield being less than iO (Ref. 7). /1 -carotene fluorescence at 77 and 4.2 K in isopentane discovered by us8 is characterized by yields of (4+/-2) .iO and (8+/-3) . i0- and lifetimes of(4+/-2) .iO' and (8+/-3) .iO' and is due to the transitions from the higher S(1' B) state. The picosecond transient S -S absorption of/I - carotene in different solvents at 293 K is characterized by spectra in the 550-600 nm range.8 For retinoids, there is one work (Ref. 4) which gives the S, +-Si absorption spectrum of the Schiff base (aldimine) of retinal with amaz 465 mn in n-hexane at 290 K. The duration of transient absorption was 21 5 ps, although the fluorescence kinetics measured in this work (Ref. 4) at 298 K were characterized by two-component decay with r1 = 22 and r2 = 265 ps. The transient picosecond absorption spectra for retinal are absent in the literature and the lifetimes of its singlet-excited state at room temperature, measured by absorption and fluorescence, amount to 20+/-10 Ps in n-hexane3 and 17 Ps in ethanol,'9 respectively.

  7. Laser-induced damage threshold of silicon in millisecond, nanosecond, and picosecond regimes

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    Wang, X.; Shen, Z. H.; Lu, J.; Ni, X. W.

    2010-08-15

    Millisecond, nanosecond, and picosecond laser pulse induced damage thresholds on single-crystal are investigated in this study. The thresholds of laser-induced damage on silicon are calculated theoretically for three pulse widths based on the thermal damage model. An axisymmetric mathematical model is established for the transient temperature field of the silicon. Experiments are performed to test the damage thresholds of silicon at various pulse widths. The results indicate that the damage thresholds obviously increase with the increasing of laser pulse width. Additionally, the experimental results agree well with theoretical calculations and numerical simulation results.

  8. Pulsed picosecond KGW:Nd3+ laser based on the Sagnac interferometer

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    Grabovski, Vitaly V.; Prokhorenko, Valentin I.; Yatskiv, Dmytro Y.

    1995-04-01

    Energetic, statistical, and temporal characteristics of a pico-second KGW:Nd laser based on the Sagnac interferometer are studied. All experiments are provided in comparison with the traditional linear cavity. The effect of stimulated Raman scattering suppression in such a specific cavity was found. Stimulated Raman scattering in KGW dumped all output parameters in the laser with a linear cavity. A new cavity scheme can solve such problems and provide for good output handling. It is shown that output pulse duration is larger in the proposed scheme compared with a linear cavity but other characteristics are much better.

  9. Picosecond laser ultrasonics for imaging of transparent polycrystalline materials compressed to megabar pressures.

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    Kuriakose, Maju; Raetz, Samuel; Chigarev, Nikolay; Nikitin, Sergey M; Bulou, Alain; Gasteau, Damien; Tournat, Vincent; Castagnede, Bernard; Zerr, Andreas; Gusev, Vitalyi E

    2016-07-01

    Picosecond laser ultrasonics is an all-optical experimental technique based on ultrafast high repetition rate lasers applied for the generation and detection of nanometric in length coherent acoustic pulses. In optically transparent materials these pulses can be detected not only on their arrival at the sample surfaces but also all along their propagation path inside the sample providing opportunity for imaging of the sample material spatial inhomogeneities traversed by the acoustic pulse. Application of this imaging technique to polycrystalline elastically anisotropic transparent materials subject to high pressures in a diamond anvil cell reveals their significant texturing/structuring at the spatial scales exceeding dimensions of the individual crystallites. PMID:27026585

  10. 1016nm all fiber picosecond MOPA laser with 50W output.

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    Qi, Xue; Chen, Sheng-Ping; Sun, Hai-Yue; Yang, Bing-Ke; Hou, Jing

    2016-07-25

    This paper presents an all fiber high power picosecond laser at 1016 nm in master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) configuration. A direct amplification of this seed source encounters obvious gain competition with amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) at ~1030 nm, leading to a seriously reduced amplification efficiency. To suppress the ASE and improve the amplification efficiency, we experimentally investigate the influence of the gain fiber length and the residual ASE on the perforemance of the 1016 nm amplifier. The optimized 1016 nm MOPA laser exhibits an average power of 50 W and an optical conversion efficiency of 53%. PMID:27464139

  11. Si nanostructures grown by picosecond high repetition rate pulsed laser deposition

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    Pervolaraki, M.; Komninou, Ph.; Kioseoglou, J.; Athanasopoulos, G. I.; Giapintzakis, J.

    2013-08-01

    One-step growth of n-doped Si nanostructures by picosecond ultra fast pulsed laser deposition at 1064 nm is reported for the first time. The structure and morphology of the Si nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Transmission electron microscopy studies revealed that the shape of the Si nanostructures depends on the ambient argon pressure. Fibrous networks, cauliflower formations and Si rectangular crystals grew when argon pressure of 300 Pa, 30 Pa and vacuum (10-3 Pa) conditions were used, respectively. In addition, the electrical resistance of the vacuum made material was investigated.

  12. Picosecond laser-driven terahertz radiation from large scale preplasmas of solid targets

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    Liao, G. Q.; Li, Y. T.; Li, C.; Su, L. N.; Zheng, Y.; Liu, M.; Dunn, J.; Nilsen, J.; Hunter, J.; Wang, W. M.; Sheng, Z. M.; Zhang, J.

    2016-05-01

    The terahertz (THz) radiation from the front of solid targets with a large-scale preplasma irradiated by relativistic picosecond laser pulses has been studied. The THz radiation measured at the specular direction nonlinearly increases with laser energy and an optimal plasma density scalelength is observed. Particle-in-cell simulations indicate that the radiation can be attributed to the model of mode conversion. While the THz radiation near the target normal direction is saturated with laser energy and plasma scalelength. Unlike the radiation in the specular direction’ the transient current formed at the plasma-vacuum interface could be responsible for the radiation near the target normal.

  13. Design and characterization of low loss 50 picoseconds delay line on SOI platform.

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    Xiao, Zhe; Luo, Xianshu; Liow, Tsung-Yang; Lim, Peng Huei; Prabhathan, Patinharekandy; Zhang, Jing; Luan, Feng

    2013-09-01

    We design and experimentally demonstrate 50 picoseconds (ps) low loss delay line on 300 nm SOI platform. The delay line unit consists of straight rib waveguide and strip bend section linked by a transition taper waveguide. Low propagation loss of ~0.1 dB/cm is achieved on the straight rib waveguide. With taking into account both low loss and desirable delay, a complete design and characterization process for passive delay line is presented. Our measurement results show that about 0.7 dB excess loss is achievable for 50 ps delay. The loss can be further reduced by adjusting the layout parameters. PMID:24104002

  14. Picosecond pumping of extreme-ultraviolet lasers using preformed laser plasmas

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    Yamakoshi, H.; Herman, P. R.; Le Flohic, M. P.; Xiao, B.; Zhao, L.; Kulcsar, G.; Budnik, F. W.; Marjoribanks, R. S.

    1996-02-01

    Weak laser prepulses were used for the first time with picosecond-duration laser light to enhance laser-target absorption for efficient excitation of extreme-ultraviolet lasers. A traveling-wave excitation geometry and a self-healing mercury-wetted target were used with 300-ps prepulses to pump the photoionization Xe III laser at 109-nm wavelength. Fully saturated laser gain was demonstrated for both 32-ps and 1.4-ps small-signal gain coefficients exceeded 2 cm -1 for on-target laser fluences of only 4 J / cm2.

  15. Picosecond Laser Studies of Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Properties in Organic Polymers

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    Cao, Xiaofan

    This dissertation makes the following theoretical and experimental contributions to the understanding of organic nonlinear optical materials in general, and of the nonlinear optical properties of polyquinoxaline (PQL) ladder polymers and metal-phthalocyanines doped in polycarbonate thin films in particular. (1) We developed a new model of the third-order nonlinear polarization density which has both "fast" (compared to 10psec, such as from electronic or lattice excitations) nonlinearity and "slow" (acoustic and thermal) components. This model enables a more accurate analysis than was possible previously of the different nonlinear optical processes seen in the picosecond laser studies of nonlinear optical properties of organic materials than was possible previously. (2) We interpreted our own picosecond four wave mixing measurements in ten polymers (in the PQL family) in terms of the new model parameters. (3) We have performed picosecond four-wave mixing measurement at 1064, (580-640), and 532 nm in Cr-phthalocyanine doped polycarbonate thin films. Our study supports the excitonic picture proposed by Ho et al.^{104 } (4) We observed for the first time a two -photon absorption state in Cr-Phthalocyanine near 0.5 eV. The two photon absorption coefficients which we determined by three independent methods agree well. (5) We showed that measuring the decay of ultrasonic waves induced by picosecond pulses is a superior way to measure acoustic velocity, acoustic damping, acousto-optic coupling constants, and thermal conductivity of materials. With this we studied the anomalous frequency dependence of sound damping in glasses and polymers. We propose a model for the diffusion of lattice "voids" in amorphous materials that accounts for some aspects of the anomalous ultrasonic sound damping. (6) We measured third harmonic generation in several PQL polymers and in a Cr-phthalocyanine doped polymer. Differences in four-wave mixing measurement were compared for five metal

  16. Size Dependent Ultrafast Cooling of Water Droplets in Microemulsions by Picosecond Infrared Spectroscopy

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    Seifert, G.; Patzlaff, T.; Graener, H.

    2002-04-01

    The ultrafast thermal relaxation of reversed micelles in n-octane/AOT/water (where AOT denotes sodium di-2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate) microemulsions was investigated by time-resolved infrared pump-probe spectroscopy. This picosecond cooling process can be described in terms of heat diffusion, demonstrating a new method to determine the nanometer radii of the water droplets. The reverse micelles are stable against transient temperatures far above the equilibrium stability range. The amphiphilic interface layer (AOT) seems to provide an efficient heat contact between the water and the nonpolar solvent.

  17. Ultra-flat supercontinuum generation in cascaded photonic crystal fiber with picosecond fiber laser pumping

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    Zhang, Huanian; Li, Ping

    2016-08-01

    In this letter, a new method for achieving ultra-flat supercontinuum generation is proposed. A picosecond fiber laser was used as the pump source, in a cascaded photonic crystal fiber, ultra-flat supercontinuum generation spectrum at 3 dB level from 1070 up to 1630 nm is obtained, to our knowledge, the 3 dB bandwidth of 560 nm is the most flat supercontinuum generation obtained in photonic crystal fibers, the results indicated that our method is efficient for achieving ultra-flat supercontinuum, which will promote the technical applications of supercontinuum.

  18. Octave-spanning infrared supercontinuum generation in robust chalcogenide nanotapers using picosecond pulses.

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    Shabahang, Soroush; Marquez, Michael P; Tao, Guangming; Piracha, Mohammad U; Nguyen, Dat; Delfyett, Peter J; Abouraddy, Ayman F

    2012-11-15

    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. PMID:23164864

  19. Generation of picosecond pulses with a gain-switched GaAs surface-emitting laser

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    Karin, J.R.; Melcer, L.G.; Nagarajan, R.; Bowers, J.E.; Corzine, S.W.; Morton, P.A.; Geels, R.S.; Coldren, L.A. )

    1990-09-03

    Pulses shorter than 4 ps (deconvolved) have been obtained by optically gain switching a GaAs multiple quantum well vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser with a picosecond dye laser. Pulse width and relative peak delay were measured as a function of pump power. A theoretical model of the large signal response agrees well with the measured data. The model predicts the minimum achievable pulse width and pulse delay for this device structure. Experimental results and calculated values indicate that very high modulation rates are possible with vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.

  20. Simulating Picosecond X-ray Diffraction from shocked crystals by Post-processing Molecular Dynamics Calculations

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    Kimminau, G; Nagler, B; Higginbotham, A; Murphy, W; Park, N; Hawreliak, J; Kadau, K; Germann, T C; Bringa, E M; Kalantar, D; Lorenzana, H; Remington, B; Wark, J

    2008-06-19

    Calculations of the x-ray diffraction patterns from shocked crystals derived from the results of Non-Equilibrium-Molecular-Dynamics (NEMD) simulations are presented. The atomic coordinates predicted by the NEMD simulations combined with atomic form factors are used to generate a discrete distribution of electron density. A Fast-Fourier-Transform (FFT) of this distribution provides an image of the crystal in reciprocal space, which can be further processed to produce quantitative simulated data for direct comparison with experiments that employ picosecond x-ray diffraction from laser-irradiated crystalline targets.

  1. Simulating picosecond X-ray diffraction from crystals using FFT methods on MD output

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    Kimminau, Giles; Nagler, Bob; Higginbotham, Andrew; Murphy, William; Wark, Justin; Park, Nigel; Hawreliak, James; Kalantar, Dan; Lorenzana, Hector; Remington, Bruce

    2007-12-12

    Multi-million atom non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (MD) simulations give significant insight into the transient processes that occur under shock compression. Picosecond X-ray diffraction enables the probing of materials on a timescale fast enough to test such effects. In order to simulate diffraction patterns, Fourier methods are required to gain a picture of reciprocal lattice space. We present here results of fast Fourier transforms of atomic coordinates of shocked crystals simulated by MD, and comment on the computing power required as a function of problem size. The relationship between reciprocal space and particular experimental geometries is discussed.

  2. Picosecond Laser Machining of Metallic and Polymer Substrates for Fluidic Driven Self-Alignment

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    Römer, G. R. B. E.; Cerro, D. Arnaldo Del; Pohl, R.; Chang, B.; Liimatainen, V.; Zhou, Q.; Veld, A. J. Huis In `t.

    Fluidic self-alignment of micro-components relies on creating a receptor site that is able to confine a liquid droplet. When a micro-component is brought in contact with the droplet, capillary forces move the component to its final position. A method to stop the advancing of a liquid from a receptor site, consists of creating geometrical features, such as edges around the site. A picosecond pulsed laser source was used to create suitable edges in a metallic and a polyimide substrate. Subsequently, the self-alignment capabilities of these sites were tested. The receptor sites in polyimide showed the highest success rate.

  3. Effective pulse recompression after nonlinear spectral broadening in picosecond Yb-doped fiber amplifier

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    Zaytsev, A. K.; Wang, C.-L.; Lin, C.-H.; You, Y.-J.; Tsai, F.-H.; Pan, C.-L.

    2012-02-01

    We report the performance of a picosecond master-oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) system based on a diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) seed laser and Yb-doped fiber amplifier. An average power of 28 W at ˜200 MHz repetition rate is achieved by using only one amplification stage. We found that positive nonlinear phase shift induced by nonlinear effect in the active fiber can be effectively compensated by a grating pair. A pulse duration of ˜1.6 ps is shown after recompression.

  4. A New Technology for Applanation Free Corneal Trephination: The Picosecond Infrared Laser (PIRL)

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    Linke, Stephan J.; Frings, Andreas; Ren, Ling; Gomolka, Amadeus; Schumacher, Udo; Reimer, Rudolph; Hansen, Nils-Owe; Jowett, Nathan; Richard, Gisbert; Miller, R. J. Dwayne

    2015-01-01

    The impact of using a Femtosecond laser on final functional results of penetrating keratoplasty is low. The corneal incisions presented here result from laser ablations with ultrafast desorption by impulsive vibrational excitation (DIVE). The results of the current study are based on the first proof-of-principle experiments using a mobile, newly introduced picosecond infrared laser system, and indicate that wavelengths in the mid-infrared range centered at 3 μm are efficient for obtaining applanation-free deep cuts on porcine corneas. PMID:25781907

  5. Multichannel, time-resolved picosecond laser ultrasound imaging and spectroscopy with custom complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor detector

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    Smith, Richard J.; Light, Roger A.; Johnston, Nicholas S.; Pitter, Mark C.; Somekh, Mike G.; Sharples, Steve D.

    2010-02-15

    This paper presents a multichannel, time-resolved picosecond laser ultrasound system that uses a custom complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor linear array detector. This novel sensor allows parallel phase-sensitive detection of very low contrast modulated signals with performance in each channel comparable to that of a discrete photodiode and a lock-in amplifier. Application of the instrument is demonstrated by parallelizing spatial measurements to produce two-dimensional thickness maps on a layered sample, and spectroscopic parallelization is demonstrated by presenting the measured Brillouin oscillations from a gallium arsenide wafer. This paper demonstrates the significant advantages of our approach to pump probe systems, especially picosecond ultrasonics.

  6. Graded Al sub x Ga sub 1-x as photoconductive devices for high efficiency picosecond optoelectronic switching

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    Morse, J.D.; Mariella, R.P. ); Dutton, R.W. . Center for Integrated Systems)

    1990-10-01

    Picosecond photoconductivity has been achieved for a variety of semiconductor materials by techniques which have now become almost standard. Enhanced scattering by the excessive amount of deep level defects which provide for picosecond recombination lifetimes significantly reduce the mobility, degrading the responsivity of the photoconductor. This paper will present a concept where improved responsivity is achievable by utilizing a graded bandgap Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As active detecting layer grown on a high defect density GaAs layer by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). 7 refs., 6 figs.

  7. High-visibility two-photon interference at a telecom wavelength using picosecond-regime separated sources

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    Aboussouan, Pierre; Alibart, Olivier; Ostrowsky, Daniel B.; Baldi, Pascal; Tanzilli, Sebastien

    2010-02-15

    We report on a two-photon interference experiment in a quantum relay configuration using two picosecond regime periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguide based sources emitting paired photons at 1550 nm. The results show that the picosecond regime associated with a guided-wave scheme should have important repercussions for quantum relay implementations in real conditions, essential for improving both the working distance and the efficiency of quantum cryptography and networking systems. In contrast to already reported regimes, namely, femtosecond and CW, it allows achieving a 99% net visibility two-photon interference while maintaining a high effective photon pair rate using only standard telecom components and detectors.

  8. Contextual Emergence

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    Atmanspacher, Harald

    The concept of contextual emergence has been proposed as a nonreductive, yet well-defined relation between different levels of description of physical and other systems. It yields a formally sound and empirically applicable procedure to translate between descriptive levels in an overall consistent fashion. This will be discussed for the contextual emergence of mental states from a neural level of description.

  9. System for direct measurement of the step response of electronic devices on the picosecond time scale

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    Sheridan, J. A.; Bloom, D. M.; Solomon, P. M.

    1995-03-01

    We have built a system capable of measuring the step response of III-V electronic devices on the picosecond time scale, with no alteration in device design or epitaxy. To switch on the device under test (DUT), we have designed and fabricated a new type of photoconductor, the recessed-ohmic photoconductor, which swings 0.45 V with a 2-ps rise time and maintains constant output voltage for 100 ps. This switch is monolithically integrated with the DUT. To measure the output current of the DUT, we have built a Ti:sapphire-laser-based pump-probe direct electro-optic sampling system that has a minimum detectable voltage of 70 mu V / \\radical Hz \\end-radical and a measurement bandwidth of 750 GHz. The overall system, comprised of the recessed ohmic photoconductor and the electro-optic sampling system, can be used to measure the step response of III-V electronic devices on the picosecond time scale.

  10. Electric Field Measurements in Non-Equilibrium Electric Discharge Plasmas Using Picosecond Four-Wave Mixing

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    Goldberg, Benjamin M.

    This dissertation presents the results of development of a picosecond four wave mixing technique and its use for electric field measurements in nanosecond pulse discharges. This technique is similar to coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy and is well suited for electric field measurements in high pressure plasmas with high spatial and temporal resolution. The results show that the signal intensity scales proportionally to the square of the electric field, the signal is emitted as a coherent beam, and is polarized parallel to the electric field vector, making possible electric field vector component measurements. The signal is generated when a collinear pair of pump and Stokes beams, which are generated in a stimulated Raman shifting cell (SRS), generate coherent excitation of molecules into a higher energy level, hydrogen for the present work. The coherent excitation mixes with a dipole moment induced by an external electric field. The mixing of these three "waves'" allows the molecules to radiate at their Raman frequency, producing a fourth, signal, wave which is proportional to the square of the electric field. The time resolution of this technique is limited by the coherence decay time of the molecules, which is a few hundred picoseconds.

  11. Picosecond spin relaxation in low-temperature-grown GaAs

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    Uemura, M.; Honda, K.; Yasue, Y.; Tackeuchi, A.; Lu, S. L.; Dai, P.

    2014-03-24

    The spin relaxation process of low-temperature-grown GaAs is investigated by spin-dependent pump and probe reflectance measurements with a sub-picosecond time resolution. Two very short carrier lifetimes of 2.0 ps and 28 ps, which can be attributed to nonradiative recombinations related to defects, are observed at 10 K. The observed spin polarization shows double exponential decay with spin relaxation times of 46.2 ps (8.0 ps) and 509 ps (60 ps) at 10 K (200 K). The observed picosecond spin relaxation, which is considerably shorter than that of conventional GaAs, indicates the strong relevance of the Elliott-Yafet process as the spin relaxation mechanism. For the first (second) spin relaxation component, the temperature and carrier density dependences of the spin relaxation time indicate that the Bir-Aronov-Pikus process is also effective at temperatures between 10 K and 77 K, and that the D'yakonov-Perel’ process is effective between 125 K (77 K) and 200 K.

  12. A kilowatt average power laser for sub-picosecond materials processing

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    Stephen V. Benson; George R. Neil; C. Bohn; , G. Biallas; D. Douglas; F. Dylla; J. Fugitt; K. Jordan; G. Krafft; , L. Merminga; , J. Preble; , Michelle D. Shinn; T. Siggins; R. Walker; B. Yunn

    1999-11-01

    The performance of laser pulses in the sub-picosecond range for materials processing is substantially enhanced over similar fluences delivered in longer pulses. Recent advances in the development of solid state lasers have progressed significantly toward the higher average powers potentially useful for many applications. Nonetheless, prospects remain distant for multi-kilowatt sub-picosecond solid state systems such as would be required for industrial scale surface processing of metals and polymers. The authors present operational results from the world's first kilowatt scale ultra-fast materials processing laser. A Free Electron Laser (FEL) called the IR Demo is operational as a User Facility at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, USA. In its initial operation at high average power it is capable of wavelengths in the 2 to 6 micron range and can produce {approximately}0.7 ps pulses in a continuous train at {approximately}75 MHz. This pulse length has been shown to be nearly optimal for deposition of energy in materials at the surface. Upgrades in the near future will extend operation beyond 10 kW CW average power in the near IR and kilowatt levels of power at wavelengths from 0.3 to 60 microns. This paper will cover the design and performance of this groundbreaking laser and operational aspects of the User Facility.

  13. Iron plasma generation using a Nd:YAG laser pulse of several hundred picoseconds.

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    Tamura, Jun; Kumaki, Masafumi; Kondo, Kotaro; Kanesue, Takeshi; Okamura, Masahiro

    2016-02-01

    We investigated the high intensity plasma generated by using a Nd:YAG laser to apply a laser-produced plasma to the direct plasma injection scheme. The capability of the source to generate high charge state ions strongly depends on the power density of the laser irradiation. Therefore, we focused on using a higher power laser with several hundred picoseconds of pulse width. The iron target was irradiated with the pulsed laser, and the ion current of the laser-produced iron plasma was measured using a Faraday cup and the charge state distribution was investigated using an electrostatic ion analyzer. We found that higher charge state iron ions (up to Fe(21+)) were obtained using a laser pulse of several hundred picoseconds in comparison to those obtained using a laser pulse of several nanoseconds (up to Fe(19+)). We also found that when the laser irradiation area was relatively large, the laser power was absorbed mainly by the contamination on the target surface. PMID:26931980

  14. Fast spectral coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy with high-speed tunable picosecond laser.

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    Cahyadi, Harsono; Iwatsuka, Junichi; Minamikawa, Takeo; Niioka, Hirohiko; Araki, Tsutomu; Hashimoto, Mamoru

    2013-09-01

    We develop a coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy system equipped with a tunable picosecond laser for high-speed wavelength scanning. An acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) is integrated in the laser cavity to enable wavelength scanning by varying the radio frequency waves applied to the AOTF crystal. An end mirror attached on a piezoelectric actuator and a pair of parallel plates driven by galvanometer motors are also introduced into the cavity to compensate for changes in the cavity length during wavelength scanning to allow synchronization with another picosecond laser. We demonstrate fast spectral imaging of 3T3-L1 adipocytes every 5  cm-1 in the Raman spectral region around 2850  cm-1 with an image acquisition time of 120 ms. We also demonstrate fast switching of Raman shifts between 2100 and 2850  cm-1, corresponding to CD2 symmetric stretching and CH2 symmetric stretching vibrations, respectively. The fast-switching CARS images reveal different locations of recrystallized deuterated and nondeuterated stearic acid. PMID:24013358

  15. Research on High-Intensity Picosecond Pump Laser in Short Pulse Optical Parametric Amplification

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    Pan, Xue; Peng, Yu-Jie; Wang, Jiang-Feng; Lu, Xing-Hua; Ouyang, Xiao-Ping; Chen, Jia-Lin; Jiang, You-En; Fan, Wei; Li, Xue-Chun

    2013-01-01

    A 527 nm pump laser generating 1.7 mJ energy with peak power of more than 0.12 GW is demonstrated. The theoretical simulation result shows that it has 106 gain in the picosecond-pump optical parametric chirped pulse amplification when the pump laser peak power is 0.1 GW and the intensity is more than 5 GW/cm2, and that it can limit the parametric fluorescence in the picosecond time scale of pump duration. The pump laser system adopts a master-oscillator power amplifier, which integrates a more than 30 pJ fiber-based oscillator with a 150 μJ regenerative amplifier and a relay-imaged four-pass diode-pump Nd glass amplifier to generate a 1 Hz top hat spatial beam and about 14 ps temporal Guassian pulse with <2% pulse-to-pulse energy stability. The output energy of the power amplifier is limited to 4 mJ for B-integral concern, and the frequency doubling efficiency can reach 65% with input intensity 10 GW/cm2.

  16. Picosecond laser micromachining of nitinol and platinum-iridium alloy for coronary stent applications

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    Muhammad, N.; Whitehead, D.; Boor, A.; Oppenlander, W.; Liu, Z.; Li, L.

    2012-03-01

    The demand for micromachining of coronary stents by means of industrial lasers rises quickly for treating coronary artery diseases, which cause more than one million deaths each year. The most widely used types of laser for stent manufacturing are Nd:YAG laser systems with a wavelength of 1064 nm with pulse lengths of 10-3-10-2 seconds. Considerable post-processing is required to remove heat-affected zones (HAZ), and to improve surface finishes and geometry. Using a third harmonic laser radiation of picosecond laser (6×10-12 s pulse duration) in UV range, the capability of the picosecond laser micromachining of nitinol and platinum-iridium alloy for coronary stent applications are presented. In this study dross-free cut of nitinol and platinum-iridium alloy tubes are demonstrated and topography analysis of the cut surface is carried out. The HAZ characteristics have been investigated by means of microscopic examinations and measurement of micro-hardness distribution near the cut zones.

  17. Time-resolved fluorescence polarization spectroscopy of visible and near infrared dyes in picosecond dynamics

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    Pu, Yang; Alfano, Robert R.

    2015-03-01

    Near-infrared (NIR) dyes absorb and emit light within the range from 700 to 900 nm have several benefits in biological studies for one- and/or two-photon excitation for deeper penetration of tissues. These molecules undergo vibrational and rotational motion in the relaxation of the excited electronic states, Due to the less than ideal anisotropy behavior of NIR dyes stemming from the fluorophores elongated structures and short fluorescence lifetime in picosecond range, no significant efforts have been made to recognize the theory of these dyes in time-resolved polarization dynamics. In this study, the depolarization of the fluorescence due to emission from rotational deactivation in solution will be measured with the excitation of a linearly polarized femtosecond laser pulse and a streak camera. The theory, experiment and application of the ultrafast fluorescence polarization dynamics and anisotropy are illustrated with examples of two of the most important medical based dyes. One is NIR dye, namely Indocyanine Green (ICG) and is compared with Fluorescein which is in visible range with much longer lifetime. A set of first-order linear differential equations was developed to model fluorescence polarization dynamics of NIR dye in picosecond range. Using this model, the important parameters of ultrafast polarization spectroscopy were identified: risetime, initial time, fluorescence lifetime, and rotation times.

  18. Electrolytes Ageing in Lithium-ion Batteries: A Mechanistic Study from Picosecond to Long Timescales.

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    Ortiz, Daniel; Jiménez Gordon, Isabel; Baltaze, Jean-Pierre; Hernandez-Alba, Oscar; Legand, Solène; Dauvois, Vincent; Si Larbi, Gregory; Schmidhammer, Uli; Marignier, Jean-Louis; Martin, Jean-Frédéric; Belloni, Jacqueline; Mostafavi, Mehran; Le Caër, Sophie

    2015-11-01

    The ageing phenomena occurring in various diethyl carbonate/LiPF6 solutions are studied using gamma and pulse radiolysis as a tool to generate similar species as the ones occurring in electrolysis of Li-ion batteries (LIBs). According to picosecond pulse radiolysis experiments, the reaction of the electron with (Li(+), PF6(-)) is ultrafast, leading to the formation of fluoride anions that can then precipitate into LiF(s). Moreover, direct radiation-matter interaction with the salt produces reactive fluorine atoms forming HF(g) and C2H5F(g). The strong Lewis acid PF5 is also formed. This species then forms various R(1)R(2)R(3) P=O molecules, where R is mainly -F, -OH, and -OC2H5. Substitution reactions take place and oligomers are slowly formed. Similar results were obtained in the ageing of an electrochemical cell filled with the same model solution. This study demonstrates that radiolysis enables a description of the reactivity in LIBs from the picosecond timescale until a few days. PMID:26212854

  19. Picosecond pulsed infrared laser tuned to amide I band dissociates polyglutamine fibrils in cells.

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    Kawasaki, Takayasu; Ohori, Gaku; Chiba, Tomoyuki; Tsukiyama, Koichi; Nakamura, Kazuhiro

    2016-09-01

    Amyloid fibrils are causal substances for serious neurodegenerative disorders and amyloidosis. Among them, polyglutamine fibrils seen in multiple polyglutamine diseases are toxic to neurons. Although much efforts have been made to explore the treatments of polyglutamine diseases, there are no effective drugs to block progression of the diseases. We recently found that a free electron laser (FEL), which has an oscillation wavelength at the amide I band (C = O stretch vibration mode) and picosecond pulse width, was effective for conversion of the fibril forms of insulin, lysozyme, and calcitonin peptide into their monomer forms. However, it is not known if that is also the case in polyglutamine fibrils in cells. We found in this study that the fibril-specific β-sheet conformation of polyglutamine peptide was converted into nonfibril form, as evidenced by the infrared microscopy and scanning-electron microscopy after the irradiation tuned to 6.08 μm. Furthermore, irradiation at this wavelength also changed polyglutamine fibrils to their nonfibril state in cultured cells, as shown by infrared mapping image of protein secondary structure. Notably, infrared thermography analysis showed that temperature increase of the cells during the irradiation was within 1 K, excluding thermal damage of cells. These results indicate that the picosecond pulsed infrared laser can safely reduce amyloid fibril structure to the nonfibril form even in cells. PMID:27342599

  20. High-power, picosecond pulse thin-disk lasers in the Hilase project

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    Chyla, Michal; Miura, Taisuke; Smrz, Martin; Severova, Patricie; Novak, Ondrej; Nagisetty, Siva S.; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomas

    2013-05-01

    Development of high-power, picosecond laser sources is a desirable venture for both industry and research. Within the Hilase project, we are conducting research on both 500-mJ, 1-kHz and 5-mJ, 100-kHz picosecond laser sources based on the Yb:YAG thin-disk technology. We have developed a prototype thin-disk regenerative amplifier operating up to 10- kHz repetition rate pumped by the 940-nm fiber-coupled laser diodes. We achieved 5-mJ pulse energy at 10-kHz operation and 29.5-mJ at 1-kHz. Afterwards, we developed the high-energy regenerative amplifier operating at fixed repetition rate of 1-kHz and the pulse energy was achieved up to 40-mJ. Simultaneously, we elaborated the highrepetition rate regenerative amplifier operating at 100-kHz with pulse energy of 220-μJ. The amplified pulse was compressed with the efficiency of 88% using chirped volume Bragg grating.

  1. Selective Ablation of Thin Films with Picosecond-Pulsed Lasers for Solar Cells

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    Račiukaitis, G.; Gečys, P.; Gedvilas, M.; Regelskis, K.; Voisiat, B.

    2010-10-01

    Functional thin-films are of high importance in modern electronics for flat panel displays, photovoltaics, flexible and organic electronics. Versatile technologies are required for patterning thin-film materials on rigid and flexible substrates. The large-area applications of thin films such as photovoltaics need high speed and simple to use techniques. Ultra-short laser processing with its flexibility is one of the ways to achieve high quality material etching but optimization of the processes is required to meet specific needs of the applications. Lasers with picosecond pulse duration were applied in selective ablation of conducting, semi-conducting and isolating films in the complex multilayered thin-film solar cells based on amorphous Si and CuInxGa(1-x)Se2 (CIGS) deposited on glass and polymer substrates. Modeling of energy transition between the layers and temperature evolution was performed to understand the processes. Selection of the right laser wavelength was important to keep the energy coupling in a well defined volume at the interlayer interface. Ultra-short pulses ensured high energy input rate into absorbing material permitting peeling of the layers with no influence on the remaining material. Use of high repetition rate lasers with picosecond pulse duration offers new possibilities for high quality and efficiency patterning of advanced materials for thin-film electronics.

  2. Fiber laser pumped high power mid-infrared laser with picosecond pulse bunch output.

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    Wei, Kaihua; Chen, Tao; Jiang, Peipei; Yang, Dingzhong; Wu, Bo; Shen, Yonghang

    2013-10-21

    We report a novel quasi-synchronously pumped PPMgLN-based high power mid-infrared (MIR) laser with picosecond pulse bunch output. The pump laser is a linearly polarized MOPA structured all fiberized Yb fiber laser with picosecond pulse bunch output. The output from a mode-locked seed fiber laser was directed to pass through a FBG reflector via a circulator to narrow the pulse duration from 800 ps to less than 50 ps and the spectral FWHM from 9 nm to 0.15 nm. The narrowed pulses were further directed to pass through a novel pulse multiplier through which each pulse was made to become a pulse bunch composing of 13 sub-pulses with pulse to pulse time interval of 1.26 ns. The pulses were then amplified via two stage Yb fiber amplifiers to obtain a linearly polarized high average power output up to 85 W, which were then directed to pass through an isolator and to pump a PPMgLN-based optical parametric oscillator via quasi-synchronization pump scheme for ps pulse bunch MIR output. High MIR output with average power up to 4 W was obtained at 3.45 micron showing the feasibility of such pump scheme for ps pulse bunch MIR output. PMID:24150378

  3. Diffraction of picosecond bulk longitudinal and shear waves in micron thick films

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    Audoin, B.; Perton, M.; Chigarev, N.; Rossignol, C.

    2008-01-01

    Investigation of thin metallic film properties by means of picosecond ultrasonics [C. Thomsen et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 53, 989 (1984)] has been under the scope of several studies. Generation of longitudinal and shear waves [T. Pézeril et al., Phys. Rev. B 73, 132301 (2006); O. Matsuda et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 095501 (2004)] with a wave vector normal to the film free surface has been demonstrated. Such measurements cannot provide complete information about properties of anisotropic films. Extreme focusing of a laser pump beam (≈0.5 μm) on the sample surface has recently allowed us to provide evidence of picosecond acoustic diffraction in thin metallic films (≈1 μm) [C. Rossignol et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 166106 (2005)]. The resulting longitudinal and shear wavefronts propagate at group velocity through the bulk of the film. To interpret the received signals, source directivity diagrams are calculated taking into account material anisotropy, optical penetration, and laser beam width on the sample surface. It is shown that acoustic diffraction increases with optical penetration, so competing with the increasing of directivity caused by beam width. Reflection with mode conversion at the film-substrate interface is discussed.

  4. Iron plasma generation using a Nd:YAG laser pulse of several hundred picoseconds

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    Tamura, Jun; Kumaki, Masafumi; Kondo, Kotaro; Kanesue, Takeshi; Okamura, Masahiro

    2016-02-01

    We investigated the high intensity plasma generated by using a Nd:YAG laser to apply a laser-produced plasma to the direct plasma injection scheme. The capability of the source to generate high charge state ions strongly depends on the power density of the laser irradiation. Therefore, we focused on using a higher power laser with several hundred picoseconds of pulse width. The iron target was irradiated with the pulsed laser, and the ion current of the laser-produced iron plasma was measured using a Faraday cup and the charge state distribution was investigated using an electrostatic ion analyzer. We found that higher charge state iron ions (up to Fe21+) were obtained using a laser pulse of several hundred picoseconds in comparison to those obtained using a laser pulse of several nanoseconds (up to Fe19+). We also found that when the laser irradiation area was relatively large, the laser power was absorbed mainly by the contamination on the target surface.

  5. Nanoparticles based laser-induced surface structures formation on mesoporous silicon by picosecond laser beam interaction

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    Talbi, A.; Petit, A.; Melhem, A.; Stolz, A.; Boulmer-Leborgne, C.; Gautier, G.; Defforge, T.; Semmar, N.

    2016-06-01

    In this study, laser induced periodic surface structures were formed on mesoporous silicon by irradiation of Nd:YAG picosecond pulsed laser beam at 266 nm wavelength at 1 Hz repetition rate and with 42 ps pulse duration. The effects of laser processing parameters as laser beam fluence and laser pulse number on the formation of ripples were investigated. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to image the surface morphologies and the cross section of samples after laser irradiation. At relatively low fluence ∼20 mJ/cm2, ripples with period close to the laser beam wavelength (266 nm) and with an always controlled orientation (perpendicular to the polarization of ps laser beam) appeared after a large laser pulse number of 12,000. It has been found that an initial random distribution of SiOx nanoparticles is periodically structured with an increase of the laser pulse number. Finally, it is experimentally demonstrated that we formed a 100 nm liquid phase under the protusion zones including the pores in the picosecond regime.

  6. Porous microstructures induced by picosecond laser scanning irradiation on stainless steel surface

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    Liu, Bin; Jiang, Gedong; Wang, Wenjun; Mei, Xuesong; Wang, Kedian; Cui, Jianlei; Wang, Jiuhong

    2016-03-01

    A study of porous surfaces having micropores significantly smaller than laser spot on the stainless steel 304L sample surface induced by a picosecond regenerative amplified laser, operating at 1064 nm, is presented. Variations in the interaction regime of picosecond laser pulses with stainless steel surfaces at peak irradiation fluences(Fpk=0.378-4.496 J/cm2) with scanning speeds(v=125-1000 μm/s) and scan line spacings(s=0-50 μm) have been observed and thoroughly investigated. It is observed that interactions within these parameters allows for the generation of well-defined structured surfaces. To investigate the formation mechanism of sub-focus micropores, the influence of key processing parameters has been analyzed using a pre-designed laser pulse scanning layout. Appearances of sub-focus ripples and micropores with the variation of laser peak fluence, scanning speed and scan line spacing have been observed. The dependencies of surface structures on these interaction parameters have been preliminarily verified. With the help of the experimental results obtained, interaction parameters for fabrication of large area homogeneous porous structures with the feature sizes in the range of 3-15 μm are determined.

  7. Wavelength conversion through soliton self-frequency shift in tellurite microstructured fiber with picosecond pump pulse

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    Bi, Wanjun; Li, Xia; Xing, Zhaojun; Zhou, Qinling; Fang, Yongzheng; Gao, Weiqing; Xiong, Liangming; Hu, Lili; Liao, Meisong

    2016-01-01

    Wavelength conversion to the wavelength range that is not covered by commercially available lasers could be accomplished through the soliton self-frequency shift (SSFS) effect. In this study, the phenomenon of SSFS pumped by a picosecond-order pulse in a tellurite microstructured fiber is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The balance between the dispersion and the nonlinearity achieved by a 1958 nm pump laser induces a distinct SSFS effect. Attributed to the large spectral distance between the pump pulse and the fiber zero-dispersion wavelength, the SSFS is not cancelled due to energy shedding from the soliton to the dispersive wave. Details about the physical mechanisms behind this phenomenon and the variations of the wavelength shift, the conversion efficiency are revealed based on numerical simulations. Owing to the large soliton number N, the pulse width of the first split fundamental soliton is approximately 40 fs, producing a pulse compression factor of ˜38, much higher than that pumped by a femtosecond pulse. Experiments were also conducted to confirm the validity of the simulation results. By varying the pump power, a continuous soliton shift from 1990 nm to 2264 nm was generated. The generation of SSFS in tellurite microstructured fibers with picosecond pump pulse can provide a new approach for wavelength conversion in the mid-infrared range and could be useful in medical and some other areas.

  8. Picosecond and nanosecond studies of the photoreduction of benzophenone by N,N-diethylaniline and triethylamine

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    Devadoss, C.; Fessenden, R.W. )

    1991-09-19

    The photoreduction of benzophenone by N,N-diethylaniline and triethylamine has been examined in a number of solvents by both nano- and picosecond laser photolysis. With diethylaniline, electron transfer is the primary step and the spectrum of the ion pair has been detected even in nonpolar solvents such as benzene and cyclohexane. Rapid proton transfer then takes place to form a high yield of the ketyl radical. The lifetime of the ion pair in benzene is about 900 ps. In acetonitrile, the ion pair dissociated into individual ions which then decay by back electron transfer and proton transfer. A spectral shift to the red occurs over 100 ps as the contact ion pair dissociated. In acidic alcohols such as methanol and trifluoroethanol, proton transfer from the alcohol occurs to produce the ketyl radical. In the case of triethylamine, no distinct absorption band for benzophenone anion was seen in picosecond experiments but difference spectra, which removed much of the spectrum of benzophenone triplet, clearly showed some contribution from the anion. For this compound, it is likely that electron transfer occurs first followed by very fast proton transfer.

  9. 3-Picolyl Azide Adenine Dinucleotide as a Probe of Femtosecond to Picosecond Enzyme Dynamics

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    Dutta, Samrat; Li, Yun-Liang; Rock, William; Houtman, Jon C. D.; Kohen, Amnon; Cheatum, Christopher M.

    2012-01-01

    Functionally relevant femtosecond to picosecond dynamics in enzyme active sites can be difficult to measure because of a lack of spectroscopic probes that can be located in the active site without altering the behavior of the enzyme. We have developed a new NAD+ analog 3-Picolyl Azide Adenine Dinucleotide (PAAD+), which has the potential to be a general spectroscopic probe for NAD-dependent enzymes. This analog is stable and binds in the active site of a typical NAD-dependent enzyme formate dehydrogenase (FDH) with similar characteristics to natural NAD+. It has an isolated infrared transition with high molar absorptivity that makes it suitable for observing enzyme dynamics using 2D IR spectroscopy. 2D IR experiments show that in aqueous solution, the analog undergoes complete spectral diffusion within hundreds of femtoseconds consistent with the water hydrogen bonding dynamics that would be expected. When bound to FDH in a binary complex, it shows picosecond fluctuations and a large static offset, consistent with previous studies of the binary complexes of this enzyme. These results show that PAAD+ is an excellent probe of local dynamics and that it should be a general tool for probing the dynamics of a wide range of NAD-dependent enzymes. PMID:22126535

  10. High average power picosecond pulse generation from a thulium-doped all-fiber MOPA system.

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    Liu, Jiang; Wang, Qian; Wang, Pu

    2012-09-24

    We report a stable highly-integrated high power picosecond thulium-doped all-fiber MOPA system without using conventional chirped pulse amplification technique. The master oscillator was passively mode-locked by a SESAM to generate average power of 15 mW at a fundamental repetition rate of 103 MHz in a short linear cavity, and a uniform narrow bandwidth FBG is employed to stabilize the passively mode-locked laser operation. Two-stage double-clad thulium-doped all-fiber amplifiers were used directly to boost average power to 20.7 W. The laser center wavelength was 1962.8 nm and the pulse width was 18 ps. The single pulse energy and peak-power after the amplication were 200 nJ and 11.2 kW respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest average power ever reported for a picosecond thulium-doped all-fiber MOPA system. PMID:23037392

  11. Picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of K-590 in the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle.

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    Atkinson, G H; Blanchard, D; Lemaire, H; Brack, T L; Hayashi, H

    1989-01-01

    The fluorescence spectrum of a distinct isometric and conformational intermediate formed on the 10(-11) s time scale during the bacteriorhodopsin (BR) photocycle is observed at room temperature using a two laser, pump-probe technique with picosecond time resolution. The BR photocycle is initiated by pulsed (8 ps) excitation at 565 nm, whereas the fluorescence is generated by 4-ps laser pulses at 590 nm. The unstructured fluorescence extends from 650 to 880 nm and appears in the same general spectral region as the fluorescence spectrum assigned to BR-570. The transient fluorescence spectrum can be distinguished from that assigned to BR-570 by a larger emission quantum yield (approximately twice that of BR-570) and by a maximum intensity near 731 nm (shifted 17 nm to higher energy from the maximum of the BR-570 fluorescence spectrum). The fluorescence spectrum of BR-570 only is measured with low energy, picosecond pulsed excitation at 590 nm and is in good agreement with recent data in the literature. The assignment of the transient fluorescence spectrum to the K-590 intermediate is based on its appearance at time delays longer than 40 ps. The K-590 fluorescence spectrum remains unchanged over the entire 40-100-ps interval. The relevance of these fluorescence data with respect to the molecular mechanism used to model the primary processes in the BR photocycle also is discussed. PMID:2713439

  12. Bistability of self-modulation of the GaAs intrinsic stimulated picosecond radiation spectrum

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    Ageeva, N. N.; Bronevoi, I. L. Zabegaev, D. N.; Krivonosov, A. N.

    2013-08-15

    The bistability of self-modulation of the spectrum of the stimulated picosecond radiation that appears during picosecond optical pumping of GaAs is detected. The radiation is measured before it reaches the end faces of a sample. One set of equidistant modes occurs in the radiation spectrum at the radiation pulse front. A set of modes located at the center between the initial modes replaces the first set in the descending radiation branch. The intermode interval inside each set coincides with the calculated interval between the eigenmodes of the GaAs layer, which is an active cavity. The radiation rise time turns out to be an oscillating function of the photon energy. The spectrum evolution is self-consistent so that the time-integrated spectrum and the spectrum-integrated radiation pulse envelope have a smooth (without local singularities) shape. The revealed bistability explains the physical nature of the two radiation-induced states of population depletion between which subterahertz self-oscillations in the radiation field were detected earlier. The radiation spectrum self-modulation is assumed to be a variant of stimulated Raman scattering.

  13. Sub-picosecond Laser-Driven Shocks in Metals and Energetic Materials

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    Moore, D. S.; Funk, David J.; Gahagan, K. T.; Reho, J. H.; Fisher, G. L.; McGrane, S. D.; Rabie, R. L.

    2002-07-01

    A high-energy sub-picosecond laser was used both to drive a shock into thin film targets and to spectroscopically interrogate the shocked material. Targets were thin films of molecular materials coated or grown upon thin vapor-plated metal films on thin glass substrates, or neat metal films on thin glass substrates. The non-linear optical interaction of the shock-driving laser with the thin glass substrate produced surprisingly flat shock waves. Sub-picosecond time-resolved frequency- and spatial-domain interferometries were used to characterize the shock wave as it transited from the thin metal film into the thin molecular material layer. Overviews of the effect of the pressure-dependent complex index of refraction of the shocked thin film metal layer, ultrafast interferometric interrogation of shocked molecular materials (examples: glycidyl azide polymer and nitrocellulose thin films), and progress in preparation of, as well as the need for, uniform, well oriented, thin energetic material layers appropriate to such highly time-resolved methods are presented.

  14. Urologic Emergencies.

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    Ludvigson, Adam E; Beaule, Lisa T

    2016-06-01

    The diagnosis and management of urologic emergencies are incorporated into the basic training of all urology residents. In institutions without access to urologic services, it is usually left to the General Surgeon or Emergency Medicine physician to provide timely care. This article discusses diagnoses that are important to recognize and treatment that is practically meaningful for the non-Urologist to identify and treat. The non-Urology provider, after reading this article, will have a better understanding and a higher comfort level with treating patients with urologic emergencies. PMID:27261785

  15. Rheumatologic emergencies.

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    Gutiérrez-González, Luis Arturo

    2015-12-01

    Rheumatological conditions can sometimes present as emergencies. These can occur due to the disease process or infection; contrary to what many people think, rheumatologic emergencies like a pain, rheumatic crisis, or attack gout do not compromise the patient's life. This article mentioned only true emergencies: catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (cAPS), kidney-lung syndrome, central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis, anti-Ro syndrome (neonatal lupus), and macrophage activation syndrome (MAS). The management of above emergencies includes critical care, immunosuppression when indicated, and use of a diagnostic flowchart as well as fast laboratory profile for making decisions. Anticoagulants have to be used in the management of antiphospholipid syndrome. A good understanding of these conditions is of paramount importance for proper management. PMID:26099604

  16. Ear emergencies

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    ... from an explosion, blow to the head, flying, scuba diving, falling while water skiing, or being slapped on ... Byyny RL, Shockley LW. Scuba diving and dysbarism. In: Marx JA, ... Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . 8th ...

  17. Thoracic emergencies.

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    Worrell, Stephanie G; Demeester, Steven R

    2014-02-01

    This article discusses thoracic emergencies, including the anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, examination, diagnosis, technique, management, and treatment of acute upper airway obstruction, massive hemoptysis, spontaneous pneumothorax, and pulmonary empyema. PMID:24267505

  18. Peak power tunable mid-infrared oscillator pumped by a high power picosecond pulsed fiber amplifier with bunch output

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    Wei, Kaihua; Guo, Yan; Lai, Xiaomin; Fan, Shanhui

    2016-07-01

    A high power mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator (OPO) with picosecond pulse bunch output is experimentally demonstrated. The pump source was a high power master oscillation power amplifier (MOPA) picosecond pulsed fiber amplifier. The seed of the MOPA was a gain-switched distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser diode (LD) with picosecond pulse operation at a high repetition rate. The seed laser was amplified to 50 W by two-stage pre-amplifiers and a large mode area (LMA) Yb fiber based power-amplifier. A fiber-pigtailed acousto-optic modulator with the first order diffraction transmission was inserted into the second pre-amplifier to form a picosecond pulse bunch train and to change the peak power simultaneously. The power-amplified pulse bunches were focused to pump a wavelength-tunable OPO for emitting high power mid-infrared laser. By adjusting the OPO cavity length, the maximum average idler powers obtained at 3.1, 3.3 and 3.5 μm were 7, 6.6 and 6.4 W respectively.

  19. Picosecond pulsed laser deposition of metal-oxide sensing layers with controllable porosity for gas sensor applications

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    Kekkonen, Ville; Chaudhuri, Saumyadip; Clarke, Fergus; Kaisto, Juho; Liimatainen, Jari; Pandian, Santhosh Kumar; Piirto, Jarkko; Siltanen, Mikael; Zolotukhin, Aleksey

    2016-03-01

    Recent results of properties and performance of {WO}_3 gas sensing layers produced by industrial picosecond pulsed laser deposition process developed by Picodeon Ltd Oy are presented in this paper. {WO}_3 layers with controllable porosity and nanostructure were successfully deposited on commercial sensor platforms, and basic measurements to characterize their performance as gas sensors gave promising results.

  20. Anorectal emergencies

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    Lohsiriwat, Varut

    2016-01-01

    Anorectal emergencies refer to anorectal disorders presenting with some alarming symptoms such as acute anal pain and bleeding which might require an immediate management. This article deals with the diagnosis and management of common anorectal emergencies such as acutely thrombosed external hemorrhoid, thrombosed or strangulated internal hemorrhoid, bleeding hemorrhoid, bleeding anorectal varices, anal fissure, irreducible or strangulated rectal prolapse, anorectal abscess, perineal necrotizing fasciitis (Fournier gangrene), retained anorectal foreign bodies and obstructing rectal cancer. Sexually transmitted diseases as anorectal non-surgical emergencies and some anorectal emergencies in neonates are also discussed. The last part of this review dedicates to the management of early complications following common anorectal procedures that may present as an emergency including acute urinary retention, bleeding, fecal impaction and anorectal sepsis. Although many of anorectal disorders presenting in an emergency setting are not life-threatening and may be successfully treated in an outpatient clinic, an accurate diagnosis and proper management remains a challenging problem for clinicians. A detailed history taking and a careful physical examination, including digital rectal examination and anoscopy, is essential for correct diagnosis and plan of treatment. In some cases, some imaging examinations, such as endoanal ultrasonography and computerized tomography scan of whole abdomen, are required. If in doubt, the attending physicians should not hesitate to consult an expert e.g., colorectal surgeon about the diagnosis, proper management and appropriate follow-up. PMID:27468181

  1. Anorectal emergencies.

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    Lohsiriwat, Varut

    2016-07-14

    Anorectal emergencies refer to anorectal disorders presenting with some alarming symptoms such as acute anal pain and bleeding which might require an immediate management. This article deals with the diagnosis and management of common anorectal emergencies such as acutely thrombosed external hemorrhoid, thrombosed or strangulated internal hemorrhoid, bleeding hemorrhoid, bleeding anorectal varices, anal fissure, irreducible or strangulated rectal prolapse, anorectal abscess, perineal necrotizing fasciitis (Fournier gangrene), retained anorectal foreign bodies and obstructing rectal cancer. Sexually transmitted diseases as anorectal non-surgical emergencies and some anorectal emergencies in neonates are also discussed. The last part of this review dedicates to the management of early complications following common anorectal procedures that may present as an emergency including acute urinary retention, bleeding, fecal impaction and anorectal sepsis. Although many of anorectal disorders presenting in an emergency setting are not life-threatening and may be successfully treated in an outpatient clinic, an accurate diagnosis and proper management remains a challenging problem for clinicians. A detailed history taking and a careful physical examination, including digital rectal examination and anoscopy, is essential for correct diagnosis and plan of treatment. In some cases, some imaging examinations, such as endoanal ultrasonography and computerized tomography scan of whole abdomen, are required. If in doubt, the attending physicians should not hesitate to consult an expert e.g., colorectal surgeon about the diagnosis, proper management and appropriate follow-up. PMID:27468181

  2. Emergency contraception.

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    Grimes, David A; Raymond, Elizabeth G

    2002-08-01

    Emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy after a coital act not adequately protected by a regular method of contraception. In contrast to early medical abortion, emergency contraception prevents a pregnancy from starting and does not disrupt an established pregnancy. The most commonly used approaches consist of two oral doses of contraceptive steroids. The levonorgestrel-only regimen (levonorgestrel, 0.75 mg, repeated in 12 hours) appears to be more effective and better tolerated than the Yuzpe regimen (ethinyl estradiol, 100 microg, and levonorgestrel, 0.5 mg, repeated in 12 hours). In the largest randomized, controlled trial to date, levonorgestrel prevented about 85% of pregnancies that would have occurred without its use. Hormonal emergency contraception has no known medical contraindications, although it is not indicated for suspected or confirmed pregnancy. However, if hormonal emergency contraception is inadvertently taken in early pregnancy, neither the woman nor the fetus will be harmed. Nausea and vomiting associated with the Yuzpe regimen can be reduced by prophylactic use of meclizine. A strong medical and legal case exists for making hormonal emergency contraception available over the counter, as has happened in countries other than the United States. Easier access to and wider use of emergency contraception could dramatically lower the high rates of unintended pregnancy and induced abortion in the United States. PMID:12160366

  3. Picosecond Spectroscopy of Vibrational and Electronic Dynamics in High Pressure Molecular Solids.

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    Crowell, Robert Ashton, II

    Picosecond time resolved studies of vibrational and electronic dynamics in molecular solids are presented. In the first, several uranyl compounds were selected that had large gaps in their vibrational energy density of states. Picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman measurements (psCARS) revealed that at 10 K vibrational relaxation occurs by at least a fifth order anharmonic mechanism. However, at elevated temperatures vibrational decay is found to proceed predominantly by a cubic anharmonic upconversion mechanism. In a second study the results of some of the first psCARS on a low temperature molecular solid in a high pressure diamond anvil cell are presented. For carbon disulfide pressure induced shifts in the phonon frequencies result in the opening up of a new relaxation pathway for the 2nu_2 mode. This pressure induced relaxation mechanism appears to dominate the dynamics of this mode at pressures greater than 19 kbar. In the third project pressure dependent low temperature psCARS measurements for the nu_9, nu_8, and nu_5 of naphthalene are presented. Pressure induced density of states effects are isolated, thereby allowing the first direct observations of pressure induced anharmonic coupling effects. The results indicate that the magnitude of the pressure induced anharmonic coupling is highly mode specific. In a fourth study psCARS measurements at low temperature are performed on homogeneous high pressure crystals and on highly strained crystals. Results are analyzed in terms of competition between vibrational relaxation and inhomogeneous dephasing. Changes in vibrational dephasing induced by a large negative pressure change (-Delta P >= 5 kbar) are used to determine the magnitude of inhomogeneous dephasing effects. The strain induced inhomogeneous dephasing is found to be mode specific. Finally the first picosecond photon echo measurements on a molecular solid in a high pressure diamond anvil cell at low temperature are presented. Results for the O _1 and O_3

  4. Picosecond dynamics of free carrier populations, space- charge fields, and photorefractive nonlinearities in zincblende semiconductors

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    Stark, Thomas Spencer

    Generally, nonlinear optics studies investigate optically-induced changes in refraction or absorption, and their application to spectroscopy or device fabrication. The photorefractive effect is a nonlinear optical effect that occurs in solids, where transport of an optically-induced free-carrier population results in an internal space-charge field, which produces an index change via the linear electrooptic effect. The photorefractive effect has been widely studied for a variety of materials and device applications, mainly because it allows large index changes to be generated with laser beams having only a few milliwatts of average power. Compound semiconductors are important photorefractive materials because they offer a near-infrared optical response, and because their carrier transport properties allow the index change to be generated quickly and efficiently. While many researchers have attempted to measure the fundamental temporal dynamics of the photorefractive effect in semiconductors using continuous-wave, nanosecond- and picosecond-pulsed laser beams, these investigations have been unsuccessful. However, studies with this goal are of clear relevance because they provide information about the fundamental physical processes that produce this effect, as well as the material's speed and efficiency limitations for device applications. In this dissertation, for the first time, we time-resolve the temporal dynamics of the photorefractive nonlinearities in two zincblende semiconductors, semi- insulating GaAs and undoped CdTe. While CdTe offers a lattice-match to the infrared material HgxCd1-xTe, semi-insulating GaAs has been widely used in optoelectronic and high- speed electronic applications. We use a novel transient- grating experimental method that allows picosecond temporal resolution and high sensitivity. Our results provide a clear and detailed picture of the picosecond photorefractive response of both materials, showing nonlinearities due to hot

  5. Picosecond transient absorption rise time for ultrafast tagging of the interaction of ionizing radiation with scintillating crystals in high energy physics experiments

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    Auffray, E.; Buganov, O.; Fedorov, A.; Korjik, M.; Mechinsky, V.; Tikhomirov, A.; Vasil'ev, A.; Lecoq, P.

    2014-07-01

    Here we report the first results of a search of a signature for picosecond time stamps of the interaction between ionizing particles and transparent crystalline media. The induced absorption with sub-picosecond rise time observed in a cerium fluoride scintillation single crystal under UV excitation is directly associated with the ionization of Ce3+ atoms in CeF3 crystals, and the very fast occurrence thereof can be used to generate picosecond-precise time stamps corresponding to the interaction of ionizing particles with the crystal in high energy physics experiments.

  6. Measuring single-shot, picosecond optical damage threshold in Ge, Si, and sapphire with a 5.1-μm laser

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    Agustsson, R.; Pogorelsky, I.; Arab, E.; Murokh, A.; O"Shea, B.; Ovodenko, A.; Rosenzweig, J.; Solovyov, V.; Tilton, R.

    2015-11-18

    Optical photonic structures driven by picosecond, GW-class lasers are emerging as promising novel sources of electron beams and high quality X-rays. Due to quadratic dependence on wavelength of the laser ponderomotive potential, the performance of such sources scales very favorably towards longer drive laser wavelengths. However, to take full advantage of photonic structures at mid-IR spectral region, it is important to determine optical breakdown limits of common optical materials. To this end, an experimental study was carried out at a wavelength of 5 µm, using a frequency-doubled CO2 laser source, with 5 ps pulse length. Single-shot optical breakdowns were detected and characterized at different laser intensities, and damage threshold values of 0.2, 0.3, and 7.0 J/cm2, were established for Ge, Si, and sapphire, respectively. As a result, the measured damage threshold values were stable and repeatable within individual data sets, and across varying experimental conditions.

  7. Picosecond Investigation of the Collisional Deactivation of OH A 2 ( v 1, N 4, 12) in an Atmospheric-Pressure Flame

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    Beaud, Paul; Radi, Peter P.; Franzke, Dieter; Frey, Hans-Martin; Mischler, Bernhard; Tzannis, Alexios-Paul; Gerber, Thomas

    1998-05-01

    The collisional deactivation of the laser excited states A 2 ( v 1 , N 4 , 12 ) of OH in a flame is studied by measurement of spectrally resolved fluorescence decays in the picosecond time domain. Quenching and depolarization rates, as well as vibrational energy-transfer (VET) and rotational energy-transfer (RET) rates are determined. An empirical model describes the temporal evolution of the quenching and VET rates that emerge from the rotational-state relaxation. Fitting this model to the measured 1 0 and 0 0 fluorescence decays yields the quenching and VET rates of the initially excited rotational state along with those that correspond to a rotationally equilibrated vibronic-state population. VET from the higher rotational state ( N 12 ) shows a tendency for resonant transitions to energetic close-lying levels. RET is investigated by analysis of the temporal evolution of the 1 1 emission band. The observed RET is well described by the energy-corrected sudden-approximation theory in conjunction with a power-gap law.

  8. Measuring single-shot, picosecond optical damage threshold in Ge, Si, and sapphire with a 5.1-μm laser

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    Agustsson, R.; Pogorelsky, I.; Arab, E.; Murokh, A.; O"Shea, B.; Ovodenko, A.; Rosenzweig, J.; Solovyov, V.; Tilton, R.

    2015-11-18

    Optical photonic structures driven by picosecond, GW-class lasers are emerging as promising novel sources of electron beams and high quality X-rays. Due to quadratic dependence on wavelength of the laser ponderomotive potential, the performance of such sources scales very favorably towards longer drive laser wavelengths. However, to take full advantage of photonic structures at mid-IR spectral region, it is important to determine optical breakdown limits of common optical materials. To this end, an experimental study was carried out at a wavelength of 5 µm, using a frequency-doubled CO2 laser source, with 5 ps pulse length. Single-shot optical breakdowns were detectedmore » and characterized at different laser intensities, and damage threshold values of 0.2, 0.3, and 7.0 J/cm2, were established for Ge, Si, and sapphire, respectively. As a result, the measured damage threshold values were stable and repeatable within individual data sets, and across varying experimental conditions.« less

  9. Towards a table-top microscope for nanoscale magnetic imaging using picosecond thermal gradients

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    Bartell, J. M.; Ngai, D. H.; Leng, Z.; Fuchs, G. D.

    2015-01-01

    Research advancement in magnetoelectronics is challenged by the lack of a table-top magnetic measurement technique with the simultaneous temporal and spatial resolution necessary for characterizing magnetization dynamics in devices of interest, such as magnetic memory and spin torque oscillators. Although magneto-optical microscopy provides superb temporal resolution, its spatial resolution is fundamentally limited by optical diffraction. To address this challenge, we study heat rather than light as a vehicle to stroboscopically transduce a local magnetic moment into an electrical signal while retaining picosecond temporal resolution. Using this concept, we demonstrate spatiotemporal magnetic microscopy using the time-resolved anomalous Nernst effect (TRANE). Experimentally and with supporting numerical calculations, we find that TRANE microscopy has temporal resolution below 30 ps and spatial resolution determined by the area of thermal excitation. Based on these findings, we suggest a route to exceed the limits imposed by far-field optical diffraction. PMID:26419515

  10. NO binding kinetics in myoglobin investigated by picosecond Fe K-edge absorption spectroscopy

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    Silatani, Mahsa; Lima, Frederico A.; Penfold, Thomas J.; Rittmann, Jochen; Reinhard, Marco E.; Rittmann-Frank, Hannelore M.; Borca, Camelia; Grolimund, Daniel; Milne, Christopher J.; Chergui, Majed

    2015-01-01

    Diatomic ligands in hemoproteins and the way they bind to the active center are central to the protein’s function. Using picosecond Fe K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy, we probe the NO-heme recombination kinetics with direct sensitivity to the Fe-NO binding after 532-nm photoexcitation of nitrosylmyoglobin (MbNO) in physiological solutions. The transients at 70 and 300 ps are identical, but they deviate from the difference between the static spectra of deoxymyoglobin and MbNO, showing the formation of an intermediate species. We propose the latter to be a six-coordinated domed species that is populated on a timescale of ∼200 ps by recombination with NO ligands. This work shows the feasibility of ultrafast pump–probe X-ray spectroscopic studies of proteins in physiological media, delivering insight into the electronic and geometric structure of the active center. PMID:26438842

  11. Conformational Substates of Myoglobin Intermediate Resolved by Picosecond X-ray Solution Scattering

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    2015-01-01

    Conformational substates of proteins are generally considered to play important roles in regulating protein functions, but an understanding of how they influence the structural dynamics and functions of the proteins has been elusive. Here, we investigate the structural dynamics of sperm whale myoglobin associated with the conformational substates using picosecond X-ray solution scattering. By applying kinetic analysis considering all of the plausible candidate models, we establish a kinetic model for the entire cycle of the protein transition in a wide time range from 100 ps to 10 ms. Four structurally distinct intermediates are formed during the cycle, and most importantly, the transition from the first intermediate to the second one (B → C) occurs biphasically. We attribute the biphasic kinetics to the involvement of two conformational substates of the first intermediate, which are generated by the interplay between the distal histidine and the photodissociated CO. PMID:24761190

  12. Patterned graphene ablation and two-photon functionalization by picosecond laser pulses in ambient conditions

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    Bobrinetskiy, I. I. Otero, N.; Romero, P. M.; Emelianov, A. V.

    2015-07-27

    Direct laser writing is a technology with excellent prospects for mask-less processing of carbon-based nanomaterials, because of the wide range of photoinduced reactions that can be performed on large surfaces with submicron resolution. In this paper, we demonstrate the use of picoseconds laser pulses for one-step ablation and functionalization of graphene. Varying the parameters of power, pulse frequency, and speed, we demonstrated the ablation down to 2 μm width and up to mm-long lines as well as functionalization with spatial resolution less than 1 μm with linear speeds in the range of 1 m/s. Raman and atomic-force microscopy studies were used to indicate the difference in modified graphene states and correlation to the changes in optical properties.

  13. Measurement of Elastic Constant and Refraction Index of Thin Films at Low Temperatures Using Picosecond Ultrasound

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    Tanigaki, Kenichi; Kusumoto, Tatsuya; Ogi, Hirotsugu; Nakamura, Nobutomo; Hirao, Masahiko

    2010-07-01

    In this paper, a picosecond ultrasound measurement is conducted to evaluate the low-temperature elastic and optical properties of thin films and semiconductors. Specimens are cooled with liquid He through a heat exchanger in a cryostat, and an ultrahigh-frequency acoustic pulse is generated using a femtosecond light pulse, which propagates in the film-thickness direction. Pulse echoes of the longitudinal wave and Brillouin oscillation are observed by the changes in reflectivity of the time-delayed probe light, which depend on the material, and give the longitudinal-wave out-of-plane elastic constant. When the stiffness is known, the Brillouin oscillation provides the refractive index. We determined the stiffness of a Pt thin film and the refractive index of Si at 5 K. The methodology developed in this paper is useful for studing the elastic and optical properties of metallic thin films and transparent materials at cryogenic temperatures.

  14. Comment on "Observation of neutronless fusion reactions in picosecond laser plasmas".

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    Kimura, S; Anzalone, A; Bonasera, A

    2009-03-01

    The paper by Belyaev [Phys. Rev. E 72, 026406 (2005)] reported the first experimental observation of alpha particles produced in the thermonuclear reaction 11B(p,alpha)8Be induced by laser irradiation on a 11B polyethylene (CH2) composite target. The laser used in the experiment is characterized by a picosecond pulse duration and a peak of intensity of 2x10(18) W/cm(2). We suggest that both the background-reduction method adopted in their detection system and the choice of the detection energy region of the reaction products are possibly inadequate. Consequently the total yield reported underestimates the true yield. Based on their observation, we give an estimation of the total yield to be higher than their conclusion, i.e., of the order of 10(5)alpha per shot. PMID:19392090

  15. Averaging picosecond streak camera for time resolved x-ray and XUV spectroscopy of ultrashort plasmas

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    Maksimchuk, A.; Nantel, M.; Workman, J.; Umstadter, D.; Mourou, G.; Pikuz, S.

    1996-11-01

    We have developed an averaging picosecond x-ray streak camera that uses a DC-biased semi-insulating GaAs photoconductive switch as a generator of a high-voltage ramp for the deflection plates of the streak camera. The streak camera is operated at a sweep speed of up to 8 ps/mm, with a shot-to-shot jitter of 1 ps. The streak camera driven by this switch is absolutely synhronized with the femtosecond laser pulse and allows the direct accumulation of the x-ray temporal signals at a 10 Hz repetition rate. The streak camera has been used for the investigation of temporal behavior of keV x-ray lines and spectrally resolved XUV emission from solid target at the laser intensity of 10^17 W/cm^2. This work is supported by NSF under Grant STC PHY 8920108.

  16. Spectral and temperature features of coherent picosecond nonlinear response of HTSCs at low excitation levels

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    Bobyrev, Yu V; Petnikova, V M; Rudenko, K V; Shuvalov, V V

    2008-02-28

    It is shown that for the appropriate choice of the spectral measurement range (the choice of the coincidence point for the pumping component frequencies in the methods of biharmonic pumping and degenerate four-photon spectroscopy), the spectral and temperature features of the picosecond nonlinear response of high-temperature super-conductors (HTSCs) caused by interband transitions in the electronic spectrum with a metastable energy gap are stable with respect to the excitation level. The character of these features is determined by the resonance component of the total nonlinear response, which is formed at initial HTSC temperatures below the phase transition point (when the energy gap appears in the electronic spectrum). (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  17. Morphology and crystalline phase characteristics of α-GST films irradiated by a picosecond laser

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    Zhao, J. J.; Liu, F. R.; Han, X. X.; Bai, N.; Wan, Y. H.; Lin, X.; Liu, F.

    2014-01-01

    The morphology and crystalline phase characteristics of amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5 films irradiated by a picosecond laser were investigated by 3D surface profiler, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) integrated with selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The laser irradiated spot was divided into strong ablation area, gentle ablation area, melting area and irradiation area. By theoretical calculation, the ablation and melting thresholds were determined to be 173.05 mJ cm-2 and 99.19 mJ cm-2 respectively. Meantime, the local fine morphologies of the ablation and melting areas were shown and analyzed. We also studied the irradiation area which was made up by the non-phase-change area and phase-change area. In the phase-change area, crystalline phase was determined to be face-centered cubic structure and crystalline phase characteristics for films with different thicknesses were discussed.

  18. Coherent Control of Optically Generated and Detected Picosecond Surface Acoustic Phonons

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    David H. Hurley

    2006-11-01

    Coherent control of elementary optical excitations is a key issue in ultrafast materials science. Manipulation of electronic and vibronic excitations in solids as well as chemical and biological systems on ultrafast time scales has attracted a great deal of attention recently. In semiconductors, coherent control of vibronic excitations has been demonstrated for bulk acoustic and optical phonons generated in superlattice structures. The bandwidth of these approaches is typically fully utilized by employing a 1-D geometry where the laser spot size is much larger than the superlattice repeat length. In this presentation we demonstrate coherent control of optically generated picosecond surface acoustic waves using sub-optical wavelength absorption gratings. The generation and detection characteristics of two material systems are investigated (aluminum absorption gratings on Si and GaAs substrates).

  19. The research on the micro-processing-used all-solid-state picosecond laser

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    Bai, Zhen-xu; Ai, Qing-kang; Duan, Jin-peng; Chen, Meng; Li, Gang

    2012-04-01

    A micro processing used LD end-pumped Nd:YVO4 all solid-state picosecond pulse laser was demonstrated under the semiconductor saturable absorption mirror(SESAM) mode-locking technology and regeneration amplifier technology, by using BBO crystal as electro-optic crystal and diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG. 1064nm laser was obtained with 1.47mJ single pulse energy, 15ps pulse width at 1 kHz repetition rate and the pulse energy fluctuation was less than 0.6% in 3 hours operation. Finally, through the galvanometric we got the beam focused, realizing the steel plate processing which thickness was 0.5mm and the aperture radius was 25.5μm.

  20. Structural, photoluminescence and picosecond nonlinear optical effect of In-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Yan, Xiao-Yan; Yao, Cheng-Bao; Li, Jin; Hu, Jun-Yan; Li, Qiang-Hua; Yang, Shou-Bin

    2016-05-01

    In-doped ZnO (IZO) nanowires were grown using the chemical vapour deposition method. The IZO nanowires have been characterized by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) and UV-Visible spectroscopy. The PL results demonstrated a larger band-gap for the IZO nanowires in comparison to the undoped ZnO. Two major emission peaks were observed for the IZO nanowires, one originated from the free exciton recombination (ultraviolet emission) and another possibly related to the deep-level emission (visible emission). Furthermore, the nonlinear optical characteristic of the nanowires was studied using picosecond Z-scan technique. The experimental results show that the two and three-photon absorption coefficient of samples were able to be observed. These studies make the promising potential applications of the samples in the development of multifunctional all-optical devices.

  1. Picosecond nonlinear optical studies of gold nanoparticles synthesised using coriander leaves (Coriandrum sativum)

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    Venugopal Rao, S.

    2011-07-01

    The results are presented from the experimental picosecond nonlinear optical (NLO) studies of gold nanoparticles synthesised using coriander leaf (Coriandrum sativum) extract. Nanoparticles with an average size of ∼30 nm (distribution of 5-70 nm) were synthesised according to the procedure reported by Narayanan et al. [Mater. Lett. 2008, 62, 4588-4591]. NLO studies were carried out using the Z-scan technique using 2 ps pulses near 800 nm. Open-aperture data suggested saturation absorption as the nonlinear absorption mechanism, whereas closed-aperture data suggested a positive nonlinearity. The magnitude of third-order nonlinearity was estimated to be (3.3 ± 0.6) × 10-13 esu. A solvent contribution to the nonlinearity was also identified and estimated. A comparison is attempted with some recently reported NLO studies of similar gold nanostructures.

  2. UV photolysis of nitromethane studied by sub-picosecond time-resolved CARS experiments

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    Rajchenbach, C.; Jonusauskas, G.; Rulliere, C.

    1996-04-01

    Using sub-picosecond CARS experiment we observed direct photolysis of liquid nitromethane after pulse excitation at 299 nm. We measured the dynamics behavior under excitation of three main ground state Raman lines: the {nu} (CN) mode at 917 cm{sup -1}, the {nu}s(NO2) and {delta}s(CH3) modes near 1400 cm{sup -1} and the {nu}s(CH3) mode at 2968 cm{sup -1}. From the evolution of these modes we deduced that the excited state disappears with a lifetime of 1.1{+-}0.3 ps and we measured a photolysis quantum yield at 299 nm of 24%{+-}5%. Important and fast non-radiative desexcitation channel from excited to ground states has been observed.

  3. Operational Regimes in Picosecond and Femtosecond Pulse-Excited Ultrahigh Vacuum SERS.

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    Pozzi, Eric A; Gruenke, Natalie L; Chiang, Naihao; Zhdanov, Dmitry V; Jiang, Nan; Seideman, Tamar; Schatz, George C; Hersam, Mark C; Van Duyne, Richard P

    2016-08-01

    We report a systematic study performed in ultrahigh vacuum designed to identify the laser excitation regimes in which plasmonically enhanced ultrashort pulses may be used to nondestructively probe surface-bound molecules. A nondestructive, continuous-wave spectroscopic probe is used to monitor the effects of four different femtosecond- and picosecond-pulsed beams on the SER signals emanating from molecular analytes residing within plasmonically enhanced fields. We identify the roles of plasmonic amplification and alignment with a molecular electronic transition on the observed changes in the SER signals. Our results indicate that overlap of the laser wavelength with the plasmon resonance is the dominant contributor to signal degradation. In addition, signal loss for a given irradiation condition is observed only for molecules residing in hot spots above a threshold enhancement. Identification of suitable laser energy density ranges demonstrates the importance of considering these parameters when implementing SERS in the presence of pulsed irradiation. PMID:27428724

  4. Analysis of picosecond laser induced fluorescence phenomena in photosynthetic membranes utilizing a master equation approach.

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    Paillotin, G; Swenberg, C E; Breton, J; Geacintov, N E

    1979-01-01

    A Pauli master equation is formulated and solved to describe the fluorescence quantum yield, phi, and the fluorescence temporal decay curves. F(t), obtained in picosecond laser excitation experiments of photosynthetic systems. It is assumed that the lowering of phi with increasing pulse intensity is due to bimolecular singlet exciton annihilation processes which compete with the monomolecular exciton decay processes; Poisson statistics are taken into account. Calculated curves of phi as a function of the number of photon hits per domain are compared with experimental data, and it is concluded that these domains contain at least two to four connected photosynthetic units (depending on the temperature), where each photosynthetic unit is assumed to contain approximately 300 pigment molecules. It is shown that under conditions of high excitation intensities, the fluorescence decays approximately according to the (time)1/2 law. PMID:262402

  5. Conformational Substates of Myoglobin Intermediate Resolved by Picosecond X-ray Solution Scattering.

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    Oang, Key Young; Kim, Jong Goo; Yang, Cheolhee; Kim, Tae Wu; Kim, Youngmin; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Kim, Jeongho; Ihee, Hyotcherl

    2014-03-01

    Conformational substates of proteins are generally considered to play important roles in regulating protein functions, but an understanding of how they influence the structural dynamics and functions of the proteins has been elusive. Here, we investigate the structural dynamics of sperm whale myoglobin associated with the conformational substates using picosecond X-ray solution scattering. By applying kinetic analysis considering all of the plausible candidate models, we establish a kinetic model for the entire cycle of the protein transition in a wide time range from 100 ps to 10 ms. Four structurally distinct intermediates are formed during the cycle, and most importantly, the transition from the first intermediate to the second one (B → C) occurs biphasically. We attribute the biphasic kinetics to the involvement of two conformational substates of the first intermediate, which are generated by the interplay between the distal histidine and the photodissociated CO. PMID:24761190

  6. Picosecond laser damage performance assessment of multilayer dielectric gratings in vacuum.

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    Alessi, David A; Carr, C Wren; Hackel, Richard P; Negres, Raluca A; Stanion, Kenneth; Fair, James E; Cross, David A; Nissen, James; Luthi, Ronald; Guss, Gabe; Britten, Jerald A; Gourdin, William H; Haefner, Constantin

    2015-06-15

    Precise assessment of the high fluence performance of pulse compressor gratings is necessary to determine the safe operational limits of short-pulse high energy lasers. We have measured the picosecond laser damage behavior of multilayer dielectric (MLD) diffraction gratings used in the compression of chirped pulses on the Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) kilojoule petawatt laser system at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). We present optical damage density measurements of MLD gratings using the raster scan method in order to estimate operational performance. We also report results of R-on-1 tests performed with varying pulse duration (1-30 ps) in air, and clean vacuum. Measurements were also performed in vacuum with controlled exposure to organic contamination to simulate the grating use environment. Results show sparse defects with lower damage resistance which were not detected by small-area damage test methods. PMID:26193533

  7. Bursts of Terahertz Radiation from Large-Scale Plasmas Irradiated by Relativistic Picosecond Laser Pulses.

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    Liao, G Q; Li, Y T; Li, C; Su, L N; Zheng, Y; Liu, M; Wang, W M; Hu, Z D; Yan, W C; Dunn, J; Nilsen, J; Hunter, J; Liu, Y; Wang, X; Chen, L M; Ma, J L; Lu, X; Jin, Z; Kodama, R; Sheng, Z M; Zhang, J

    2015-06-26

    Powerful terahertz (THz) radiation is observed from large-scale underdense preplasmas in front of a solid target irradiated obliquely with picosecond relativistic intense laser pulses. The radiation covers an extremely broad spectrum with about 70% of its energy located in the high frequency regime over 10 THz. The pulse energy of the radiation is found to be above 100  μJ per steradian in the laser specular direction at an optimal preplasma scale length around 40-50  μm. Particle-in-cell simulations indicate that the radiation is mainly produced by linear mode conversion from electron plasma waves, which are excited successively via stimulated Raman scattering instability and self-modulated laser wakefields during the laser propagation in the preplasma. This radiation can be used not only as a powerful source for applications, but also as a unique diagnostic of parametric instabilities of laser propagation in plasmas. PMID:26197129

  8. Directed fast electron beams in ultraintense picosecond laser irradiated solid targets

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    Ge, X. L.; Lin, X. X.; Yuan, X. H. E-mail: ytli@iphy.ac.cn; Sheng, Z. M.; Carroll, D. C.; Neely, D.; Gray, R. J.; Tresca, O.; McKenna, P.; Yu, T. P.; Chen, M.; Liu, F.; Zhuo, H. B.; Zielbauer, B.; and others

    2015-08-31

    We report on fast electron transport and emission patterns from solid targets irradiated by s-polarized, relativistically intense, picosecond laser pulses. A beam of multi-MeV electrons is found to be transported along the target surface in the laser polarization direction. The spatial-intensity and energy distributions of this beam are compared with the beam produced along the laser propagation axis. It is shown that even for peak laser intensities an order of magnitude higher than the relativistic threshold, laser polarization still plays an important role in electron energy transport. Results from 3D particle-in-cell simulations confirm the findings. The characterization of directional beam emission is important for applications requiring efficient energy transfer, including secondary photon and ion source development.

  9. Nanosurgery with near-infrared 12-femtosecond and picosecond laser pulses

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; Zhang, Huijing; Lemke, Cornelius; König, Karsten

    2011-03-01

    Laser-assisted surgery based on multiphoton absorption of NIR laser light has great potential for high precision surgery at various depths within the cells and tissues. Clinical applications include refractive surgery (fs-LASIK). The non-contact laser method also supports contamination-free cell nanosurgery. Here we apply femtosecond laser scanning microscopes for sub-100 nm surgery of human cells and metaphase chromosomes. A mode-locked 85 MHz Ti:Sapphire laser with an M-shaped ultrabroad band spectrum (maxima: 770 nm/830 nm) with an in situ pulse duration at the target ranging from 12 femtoseconds up to 3 picoseconds was employed. The effects of laser nanoprocessing in cells and chromosomes have been quantified by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electron microscopy. These studies demonstrate the potential of extreme ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses at low mean milliwatt powers for sub-100 nm surgery.

  10. Picosecond Pulse Radiolysis of Propylene Carbonate as a Solute in Water and as a Solvent.

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    Marignier, Jean-Louis; Torche, Fayçal; Le Caër, Sophie; Mostafavi, Mehran; Belloni, Jacqueline

    2016-03-10

    The ester propylene carbonate (PC) is a solvent with a high static dielectric constant where the charges generated by ionizing radiation are expected to be long-lived at room temperature. Time-resolved optical absorption spectroscopy after picosecond electron pulses reveals the formation of a UV band, within less than two nanoseconds, that is assigned to the radical anion PC(-•), arising from a fast attachment reaction of electrons onto PC. Assignment and reactivity of PC(-•) in neat solvent and solutions are discussed in relation with data obtained in solutions of PC in water under reducing or oxidizing conditions and in solutions in PC of aromatic scavengers with various reduction potentials. The fate of the electrons and the ionization yield in PC are compared with those of other solvents. PMID:26840402

  11. Sub-picosecond ultraviolet laser filamentation-induced bulk modifications in fused silica

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    Papazoglou, D. G.; Zergioti, I.; Tzortzakis, S.; Sgouros, G.; Maravelias, G.; Christopoulos, S.; Fotakis, C.

    2005-07-01

    We present experiments with sub-picosecond ultraviolet laser pulses (248 nm, 450 fs) tightly focused in the bulk of fused-silica samples. The high laser intensities attained generate plasma through multi-photon absorption and electron avalanche processes in the bulk of the material. Depending on the initial experimental conditions three distinct types of structural changes in the material are observed, from small changes of the refractive index to birefringence, and even cracks and voids. We also observe the creation of micro-channels, up to 115 μm in length, inside the material due to self-guiding and filamentation of the laser pulses in the transparent material. The selective change of the refractive index is a promising method for the fabrication of photonic structures such as waveguides and three-dimensional integrated optical devices.

  12. Efficient direct amplification of powerful picosecond pulses in Nd-glass laser

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    Ivanov, V. V.; Mikhailov, Yu. A.; Osetrov, V. P.; Popov, A. I.; Sklizkov, G. V.

    1996-05-01

    The possibility of the efficient direct amplification of powerful picosecond pulses when the active element is pumped selectively by the second harmonic of a long pulse auxiliary laser. An important factor limiting the output energy of the high brightness neodymium laser is laser induced surface damage of optical elements. The experimental measurements of optical glass surface damage have been carried out with phosphate glass laser ``PICO'' facility. Measured damage thresholds are in the range 1-2.5 J/cm2 (or 200-500 GW/cm2) for thin samples of laser and optical glasses. The analysis of self-focusing for thin Nd-glass amplifiers with high amplification gain has been resulted in that the output energy more than 100 GW/cm2 can be utilized in this case.

  13. Study of self-focusing and self-phase-modulation in the picosecond-time regime.

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    Reintjes, J.; Carman, R. L.; Shimizu, F.

    1973-01-01

    Study of the propagation of a single picosecond pulse of a mode-locked Nd-glass laser in CS2 nitrobenzene and toluene by observations of the birefringence and spectral changes in self-focused laser light. Multiple second-harmonic probing beams are used for birefringence measurements in a single IR pulse in various portions of the active cell. The orientational Kerr effect is found to be the prime factor of induced birefringence in nitrobenzene and toluene. The results for CS2 are also consistent with this mechanism and show that the duration of an IR pulse in the focal volume is less than that of the incident pulse. The properties of beams which are focused within the cell by an external lens are also investigated.

  14. Magnetic reversal dynamics of a quantum system on a picosecond timescale

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    Kuznetsov, Alexey V; Soloviev, Igor I; Bakurskiy, Sergey V; Tikhonova, Olga V

    2015-01-01

    Summary We present our approach for a consistent, fully quantum mechanical description of the magnetization reversal process in natural and artificial atomic systems by means of short magnetic pulses. In terms of the simplest model of a two-level system with a magnetic moment, we analyze the possibility of a fast magnetization reversal on the picosecond timescale induced by oscillating or short unipolar magnetic pulses. We demonstrate the possibility of selective magnetization reversal of a superconducting flux qubit using a single flux quantum-based pulse and suggest a promising, rapid Λ-scheme for resonant implementation of this process. In addition, the magnetization reversal treatment is fulfilled within the framework of the macroscopic theory of the magnetic moment, which allows for the comparison and explanation of the quantum and classical behavior. PMID:26665066

  15. Magnetic reversal dynamics of a quantum system on a picosecond timescale.

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    Klenov, Nikolay V; Kuznetsov, Alexey V; Soloviev, Igor I; Bakurskiy, Sergey V; Tikhonova, Olga V

    2015-01-01

    We present our approach for a consistent, fully quantum mechanical description of the magnetization reversal process in natural and artificial atomic systems by means of short magnetic pulses. In terms of the simplest model of a two-level system with a magnetic moment, we analyze the possibility of a fast magnetization reversal on the picosecond timescale induced by oscillating or short unipolar magnetic pulses. We demonstrate the possibility of selective magnetization reversal of a superconducting flux qubit using a single flux quantum-based pulse and suggest a promising, rapid Λ-scheme for resonant implementation of this process. In addition, the magnetization reversal treatment is fulfilled within the framework of the macroscopic theory of the magnetic moment, which allows for the comparison and explanation of the quantum and classical behavior. PMID:26665066

  16. Picosecond vibrational cooling in mixed molecular crystals studied with a new coherent raman scattering technique

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    Chang, Ta-Chau; Dlott, Dana D.

    1988-05-01

    We demonstrate the pump-induced coherent Stokes Raman scattering (CSRS) technique by measuring vibrational cooling in low temperature crystals of pentacene in naphthalene following excitation of a vibration 747 cm -1 above the S 1 origin. Using picosecond photon echoes and a two-color pump-probe technique, we find that the initial state decays in 33 ps, and reappears at the origin 25 ps later. We show that pump-induced CSRS simultaneously measures the decay from the initial state and reappearance at the origin. This technique has many of the advantages of conventional coherent Raman (e.g. intense coherent signals), but is a direct measure of the population dynamics in the initial and final states.

  17. Picosecond supercontinuum light source for stroboscopic white-light interferometry with freely adjustable pulse repetition rate.

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    Novotny, Steffen; Durairaj, Vasuki; Shavrin, Igor; Lipiäinen, Lauri; Kokkonen, Kimmo; Kaivola, Matti; Ludvigsen, Hanne

    2014-06-01

    We present a picosecond supercontinuum light source designed for stroboscopic white-light interferometry. This source offers a potential for high-resolution characterization of vibrational fields in electromechanical components with frequencies up to the GHz range. The light source concept combines a gain-switched laser diode, the output of which is amplified in a two-stage fiber amplifier, with supercontinuum generation in a microstructured optical fiber. Implemented in our white-light interferometer setup, optical pulses with optimized spectral properties and below 310 ps duration are used for stroboscopic illumination at freely adjustable repetition rates. The performance of the source is demonstrated by characterizing the surface vibration field of a square-plate silicon MEMS resonator at 3.37 MHz. A minimum detectable vibration amplitude of less than 100 pm is reached. PMID:24921556

  18. Magnetic vortex-antivortex dynamics on a picosecond timescale in a rectangular Permalloy pattern

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    Kim, D.-H.; Mesler-Lai, B.; Anderson, E.; Fischer, P.; Moon, J.-H.; Lee, K.-J.

    2009-06-25

    We report our experimental finding that there exists a pair of magnetic vortex and antivortex generated during an excited motion of a magnetic vortex core. Two vortices structure in 2 x 4 {micro}m{sup 2} rectangular Permalloy pattern is excited by an external field pulse of 1-ns duration, where each vortex is excited and followed by the vortex core splitting. X-ray microscopy with high spatiotemporal resolution enables us to observe a linking domain between two temporarily generated pairs of vortex-antivortex cores only surviving for several hundreds of picoseconds. The linking domain structure is found to depend on the combinational configuration of two original vortex cores, which is supported by micromagnetic simulations with a very good agreement.

  19. Precise Control of the Number of Layers of Graphene by Picosecond Laser Thinning

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    Lin, Zhe; Ye, Xiaohui; Han, Jinpeng; Chen, Qiao; Fan, Peixun; Zhang, Hongjun; Xie, Dan; Zhu, Hongwei; Zhong, Minlin

    2015-01-01

    The properties of graphene can vary as a function of the number of layers (NOL). Controlling the NOL in large area graphene is still challenging. In this work, we demonstrate a picosecond (ps) laser thinning removal of graphene layers from multi-layered graphene to obtain desired NOL when appropriate pulse threshold energy is adopted. The thinning process is conducted in atmosphere without any coating and it is applicable for graphene films on arbitrary substrates. This method provides many advantages such as one-step process, non-contact operation, substrate and environment-friendly, and patternable, which will enable its potential applications in the manufacturing of graphene-based electronic devices. PMID:26111758

  20. Sub-picosecond streak camera measurements at LLNL: From IR to x-rays

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    Kuba, J; Shepherd, R; Booth, R; Steward, R; Lee, E W; Cross, R R; Springer, P T

    2003-12-21

    An ultra fast, sub-picosecond resolution streak camera has been recently developed at the LLNL. The camera is a versatile instrument with a wide operating wavelength range. The temporal resolution of up to 300 fs can be achieved, with routine operation at 500 fs. The streak camera has been operated in a wide wavelength range from IR to x-rays up to 2 keV. In this paper we briefly review the main design features that result in the unique properties of the streak camera and present its several scientific applications: (1) Streak camera characterization using a Michelson interferometer in visible range, (2) temporally resolved study of a transient x-ray laser at 14.7 nm, which enabled us to vary the x-ray laser pulse duration from {approx}2-6 ps by changing the pump laser parameters, and (3) an example of a time-resolved spectroscopy experiment with the streak camera.

  1. High-intensity coherent FIR radiation from sub-picosecond electron bunches

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    Kung, P.H.; Lihn, Hung-chi; Wiedemann, H.; Bocek, D.

    1994-01-01

    A facility to generate high-intensity, ultra-short pulses of broad-band far-infrared radiation has been assembled and tested at Stanford. The device uses sub-picosecond relativistic electron bunches to generate coherent radiation through transition or synchrotron radiation in the far-infrared (FIR) regime between millimeter waves and wavelengths of about 100 {mu}m and less. Experimental results show a peak radiation power of greater than 0.33 MW within a micro-bunch and an average FIR radiation power of 4 mW. The average bunch length of 2856 micro-bunches within a 1 {mu}sec macro-pulse is estimated to be about 480 sec. Simulations experimental setup and results will be discussed.

  2. Laser Processing of Coarse Grain Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) Cutting Tool Inserts using Picosecond Laser Pulses

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    Dold, C.; Henerichs, M.; Gilgen, P.; Wegener, K.

    Manufacturing of cutting edges in PCD cutting tool inserts (CTI) using picosecond pulsewidth laser sources is presented. Cutting edge radii of redge = 5 to 6 μm are achieved. Validation experiments are carried out on a turning lathe using lasered and ground CTI on machining carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) which is mainly used for aircraft structures. Experiments are done on fine and coarse grain PCD structures (average grain sizes are 2-4 μm and 25 μm resepectively) which are not economical in the latter case if manufactured conventionally, e.g. using grinding processes. Wear resistance, tool lifetime and process forces can be improved if laser processed coarse grain cutting tools are employed.

  3. Towards a table-top microscope for nanoscale magnetic imaging using picosecond thermal gradients.

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    Bartell, J M; Ngai, D H; Leng, Z; Fuchs, G D

    2015-01-01

    Research advancement in magnetoelectronics is challenged by the lack of a table-top magnetic measurement technique with the simultaneous temporal and spatial resolution necessary for characterizing magnetization dynamics in devices of interest, such as magnetic memory and spin torque oscillators. Although magneto-optical microscopy provides superb temporal resolution, its spatial resolution is fundamentally limited by optical diffraction. To address this challenge, we study heat rather than light as a vehicle to stroboscopically transduce a local magnetic moment into an electrical signal while retaining picosecond temporal resolution. Using this concept, we demonstrate spatiotemporal magnetic microscopy using the time-resolved anomalous Nernst effect (TRANE). Experimentally and with supporting numerical calculations, we find that TRANE microscopy has temporal resolution below 30 ps and spatial resolution determined by the area of thermal excitation. Based on these findings, we suggest a route to exceed the limits imposed by far-field optical diffraction. PMID:26419515

  4. Picosecond Diffraction at the ESRF: How Far Have We Come and Where Are We Going?

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    Wulff, Michael; Kong Qingyu; Cammarata, Marco; Lo Russo, Manuela; Anfinrud, Philip; Schotte, Friedrich; Lorenc, Maciej; Ihee, Hyotcherl; Kim, Tae Kyu; Plech, Anton

    2007-01-19

    The realization of solution phase pump-probe diffraction experiments on beamline ID09B is described. The pink beam from a low-K in-vacuum undulator is used to study the structural dynamics of small molecules in solution to 100 picosecond time resolution and at atomic resolution. The X-ray chopper and the associated timing modes of the synchrotron are described. The dissociation of molecular iodine in liquid CCl4 is studied by single pulse diffraction. The data probe not only the iodine structures but also the solvent structure as the latter is thermally excited by the flow of energy from recombining iodine atoms. The low-q part of the diffraction spectra is a sensitive probe of the hydrodynamics of the solvent as a function of time.

  5. generation of picosecond pulses in solid-state lasers using new active media

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    Lisitsyn, V.N.; Matrosov, V.N.; Pestryakov, E.V.; Trunov, V.I.

    1986-07-01

    Results are reported of investigations aimed at generating nanosecond radiation pulses in solid-state lasers using new active media having broad gain lines. Passive mode locking is accomplished for the first time in a BeLa:Nd/sup 3/ laser at a wavelength 1.354 microm, and in a YAG:Nd/sup 3/ laser on a 1.32-microm transition. The free lasing and mode-locking regimes were investigated in an alexandrite (BeA1/sub 2/O/sub 4/:Cr/sup 3/) laser in the 0.72-0.78-microm range and in a synchronously pumped laser on F/sub 2//sup -/ centers in LiF in the 1.12-1.24-microm region. The features of nonlinear perception of IR radiation by the eye, using a developed picosecond laser on F/sub 2//sup -/ centers, are investigated for the first time.

  6. Low-order harmonic generation in metal ablation plasmas in nanosecond and picosecond laser regimes

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    Lopez-Arias, M.; Oujja, M.; Sanz, M.; Castillejo, M.; Ganeev, R. A.; Boltaev, G. S.; Satlikov, N. Kh.; Tugushev, R. I.; Usmanov, T.

    2012-02-15

    Low-order harmonics, third and fifth, of IR (1064 nm) laser emission have been produced in laser ablation plasmas of the metals manganese, copper and silver. The harmonics were generated in a process triggered by laser ablation followed by frequency up-conversion of a fundamental laser beam that propagates parallel to the target surface. These studies were carried out in two temporal regimes by creating the ablation plasma using either nanosecond or picosecond pulses and then probing the plasma plume with pulses of the same duration. The spatiotemporal behavior of the generated harmonics was characterized and reveals the distinct composition and dynamics of the plasma species that act as nonlinear media, allowing the comparison of different processes that control the generation efficiency. These results serve to guide the choice of laser ablation plasmas to be used for efficient high harmonic generation of laser radiation.

  7. Picosecond time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy of ultrafast aluminum plasmas.

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    Audebert, P; Renaudin, P; Bastiani-Ceccotti, S; Geindre, J-P; Chenais-Popovics, C; Tzortzakis, S; Nagels-Silvert, V; Shepherd, R; Matsushima, I; Gary, S; Girard, F; Peyrusse, O; Gauthier, J-C

    2005-01-21

    We have used point-projection K-shell absorption spectroscopy to infer the ionization and recombination dynamics of transient aluminum plasmas. Two femtosecond beams of the 100 TW laser at the LULI facility were used to produce an aluminum plasma on a thin aluminum foil (83 or 50 nm), and a picosecond x-ray backlighter source. The short-pulse backlighter probed the aluminum plasma at different times by adjusting the delay between the two femtosecond driving beams. Absorption x-ray spectra at early times are characteristic of a dense and rather homogeneous plasma. Collisional-radiative atomic physics coupled with hydrodynamic simulations reproduce fairly well the measured average ionization as a function of time. PMID:15698184

  8. Picosecond Neutron Yields from Ultra-Intense Laser-Target Interactions

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    Ellison, C. Leland; Fuchs, Julien

    2009-11-01

    High-flux neutron sources for neutron imaging and materials analysis applications have typically been provided by accelerator-based (Spallation Neutron Source) and reactor-based (High Flux Isotope Reactor) neutron sources. A novel approach is to use ultra-intense (> 10^18 W/cm^2) laser-target interactions to generate picosecond, collimated neutrons. Here we examine the feasibility of a source based on current (LULI) and upcoming laser facility capabilities. A Monte-Carlo code calculates angular and energy distributions of neutrons generated by D-D fusion events occurring within a deuterated target for a given incident beam of D+ ions. The parameters of the deuteron beam are well understood from laser-plasma and laser-target studies relevant to fast-ignition fusion. Expected neutron yields are presented in comparison to conventional neutron sources, previous experimental neutron yields, and within the context of neutron shielding safety requirements.

  9. Super hydrophobic surface of polytetrafluoroethylene fabricated by picosecond laser and phenomenon of total internal reflection underwater

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    Jiang, Yijian; Cao, Wenshen; Zhao, Yan; Wu, Yan; Ji, Lingfei

    2015-03-01

    A groove-shaped array with average 25 μm interval, 25 μm wall thickness, 75 μm depth and a columnar array with average 30 μm side length, 25 μm interval, 43 μm depth are processed by 1064 nm picosecond laser on polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) surface at room temperature. The water contact angle of modified PTFE surface can reach 167°, which show super hydrophobic surface of PTFE is prepared. It is observed super hydrophobic surface reflects metal luster underwater through the glassware when super hydrophobic PTFE entirely immerses in pure water. The experiment conducts super hydrophobic surface will enhance intensity of reflection of visible light underwater, which is due to total internal reflection of super hydrophobic surface und erwater.

  10. A new x-ray framing camera with picoseconds time resolution

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    Gou, Yongsheng; Bai, Yonglin; Liu, Baiyu; Bai, Xiaohong; Qin, Junjun; Wang, Bo; Zhu, Bingli; Peng, Xu; Cao, Weiwei

    2015-10-01

    A new method to get a X-ray framing camera with picoseconds time resolution was proposed based on time amplification. Its principle comes from that we use high voltage electrical pulse to get speed dispersion of the photoelectrons pulse first, and then the photoelectrons pulse will be stretched in axial direction by drift area, at the end the photoelectrons pulse after stretched will be framing imaged by a traditional MCP microchannel plate gated framing camera. A model of the camera was built according to this method. Time amplification of the system is about 30, and image magnification of the system is about 0.4. Parameters for designing the camera system were presented after theoretical deriving and model simulation. At last, theoretical time resolution and spatial resolution of the camera were given.

  11. Performance of 6cmx6cm MCP-based picosecond photo-detectors

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    Wang, Jingbo; Xie, Junqi; Wagner, Robert; Walters, Dean; Byrum, Karen; Xia, Lei; Zhao, Allen; May, Edward; Demarteau, Marcel; Anlpd Team

    2015-04-01

    Microchannel plate (MCP)-based photo-detectors are capable of micron-level spatial imaging and picosecond-level timing resolution, making them a promising candidate for the next generation high-precision photo-detectors. Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is currently producing 6x6 cm2, cost-effective, thin planar, glass-body, MCP-based photo-detectors at a newly constructed production system. An indium sealing technique was successfully developed for a permanent detector seal and a several photo-detectors have been produced. The performance of the photo-detectors were characterized with a pulsed laser facility, showing a 60 ps Transit Time Spread (TTS) resolution and <500 μm spatial resolution. The test setup, data acquisition, data analysis and the experimental results will be presented and discussed.

  12. Absolute response of Fuji imaging plate detectors to picosecond-electron bunches.

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    Zeil, K; Kraft, S D; Jochmann, A; Kroll, F; Jahr, W; Schramm, U; Karsch, L; Pawelke, J; Hidding, B; Pretzler, G

    2010-01-01

    The characterization of the absolute number of electrons generated by laser wakefield acceleration often relies on absolutely calibrated FUJI imaging plates (IP), although their validity in the regime of extreme peak currents is untested. Here, we present an extensive study on the dependence of the sensitivity of BAS-SR and BAS-MS IP to picosecond electron bunches of varying charge of up to 60 pC, performed at the electron accelerator ELBE, making use of about three orders of magnitude of higher peak intensity than in prior studies. We demonstrate that the response of the IPs shows no saturation effect and that the BAS-SR IP sensitivity of 0.0081 photostimulated luminescence per electron number confirms surprisingly well data from previous works. However, the use of the identical readout system and handling procedures turned out to be crucial and, if unnoticed, may be an important error source. PMID:20113093

  13. Passively mode-locked picosecond erbium-doped fiber lasers using multiple quantum well saturable absorbers

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    Hayduk, Michael J.; Krol, Mark F.; Pollock, Clifford R.; Teegarden, Kenneth J.; Wicks, Gary W.; Kaechele, Walter

    1998-07-01

    An experimental study of the mode-locking process in erbium- doped fiber lasers (EDFLs) operating at 1.55 micrometer using multiple quantum well saturable absorbers is described. The self-starting passively mode-locked laser was constructed in a Fabry-Perot configuration using the saturable absorber as the back reflector of the cavity. Picosecond pulses that ranged from 3.1 to 38.8 ps were generated using a series of saturable absorbers. The pulse widths were dependent upon the optical properties of the saturable absorber used as the mode- locking element as well as the dispersive elements contained within the cavity. The output power of the EDFL varied from 0.2 to 6.7 mW and was also dependent upon the saturable absorber used in the cavity.

  14. Absolute response of Fuji imaging plate detectors to picosecond-electron bunches

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    Zeil, K.; Kraft, S. D.; Jochmann, A.; Kroll, F.; Jahr, W.; Schramm, U.; Karsch, L.; Pawelke, J.; Hidding, B.; Pretzler, G.

    2010-01-15

    The characterization of the absolute number of electrons generated by laser wakefield acceleration often relies on absolutely calibrated FUJI imaging plates (IP), although their validity in the regime of extreme peak currents is untested. Here, we present an extensive study on the dependence of the sensitivity of BAS-SR and BAS-MS IP to picosecond electron bunches of varying charge of up to 60 pC, performed at the electron accelerator ELBE, making use of about three orders of magnitude of higher peak intensity than in prior studies. We demonstrate that the response of the IPs shows no saturation effect and that the BAS-SR IP sensitivity of 0.0081 photostimulated luminescence per electron number confirms surprisingly well data from previous works. However, the use of the identical readout system and handling procedures turned out to be crucial and, if unnoticed, may be an important error source.

  15. Picosecond and nanosecond laser annealing and simulation of amorphous silicon thin films for solar cell applications

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    Theodorakos, I.; Zergioti, I.; Vamvakas, V.; Tsoukalas, D.; Raptis, Y. S.

    2014-01-01

    In this work, a picosecond diode pumped solid state laser and a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser have been used for the annealing and the partial nano-crystallization of an amorphous silicon layer. These experiments were conducted as an alternative/complementary to plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition method for fabrication of micromorph tandem solar cell. The laser experimental work was combined with simulations of the annealing process, in terms of temperature distribution evolution, in order to predetermine the optimum annealing conditions. The annealed material was studied, as a function of several annealing parameters (wavelength, pulse duration, fluence), as far as it concerns its structural properties, by X-ray diffraction, SEM, and micro-Raman techniques.

  16. Ionization/dissociation processes in some alkyl iodides induced by strong picosecond laser beam

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    Siozos, P.; Kaziannis, S.; Kosmidis, C.; Lyras, A.

    2005-05-01

    The interaction of 1-, 2-iodopropane, 1-, 2-iodobutane and 1-iodopentane with strong (2 × 1015 W cm-2) picosecond laser fields at 1064, 532, 355 and 266 nm is studied by means of time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. The experimental findings are compared with those reported, for the same molecules, from fs experiments at similar laser intensities. The pertaining molecular ionization mechanism (multiphoton and/or field ionization) is found to depend on the laser wavelength, while the recorded multiply charged atomic ions are generated via field ionization processes in all cases. The identification of these ionization mechanisms has been based on the dependence of the signal intensity and the peak profiles on laser polarization. The recorded mass spectra are analyzed vis-à-vis those reported for methyl iodide. The observed similarities and differences are discussed in detail.

  17. Modification of anodised aluminium surfaces using a picosecond fibre laser for printing applications.

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    Ansari, I A; Watkins, K G; Sharp, M C; Hutchinson, R A; Potts, R M; Clowes, J

    2012-06-01

    The use of an ultrafast fibre laser at a wavelength of 1064 nm has allowed the surface modification of anodised aluminium plates coated with a 2 micron thick anodised layer for potential industrial applications. The micro- and nano-scale structuring of the anodised aluminium using picosecond pulses of approximately 25 ps duration at 200 kHz repetition rate was investigated. The interaction of the laser with the substrate created a hydrophilic surface, giving a contact angle of less than 10 degrees. On examination under a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), a morphology created due to laser induced spallation was observed. It has been found that these laser processed hydrophilic surfaces revert to a hydrophobic state with time. This has potential for application in the printing industry and offers reusability and sustainability of the process materials. This has been confirmed in initial trials. PMID:22905556

  18. Experimental investigation of high aspect ratio tubular microstructuring of glass by means of picosecond Bessel vortices

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    Jedrkiewicz, Ottavia; Bonanomi, Simone; Selva, Marco; Di Trapani, Paolo

    2015-07-01

    We report on experiments on glass material modification using nondiffractive high-order picosecond pulsed Bessel beams, generated by a spatial light phase modulator and then suitably demagnified. We investigate the possibility to generate in single-shot tubular microstructures across 100-μm-thin borosilicate glass, when a suitable energy range is considered, and we highlight the effect of the unstable propagation regime for very high input energies, leading to a breakup of the tubular microstructure. The micromachined glass samples are observed on their top and bottom surfaces as well as longitudinally along their thickness. For the conical beam geometry used, we observe no internal material modification pattern with pulses in the femtosecond range. A comparison with glass machining by means of a focused ring-shaped beam is also presented. The results highlight the role of the conical energy flux for single-shot smooth high aspect ratio material modification in a regime where nonlinear Kerr effects are absent.

  19. High-speed laser-assisted cutting of strong transparent materials using picosecond Bessel beams

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    Bhuyan, M. K.; Jedrkiewicz, O.; Sabonis, V.; Mikutis, M.; Recchia, S.; Aprea, A.; Bollani, M.; Trapani, P. Di

    2015-08-01

    We report single-pass cutting of strong transparent glass materials of 700 μm thickness with a speed up to 270 mm/s using single-shot nanostructuring technique exploiting picosecond, zero-order Bessel beams at laser wavelength of 1030 nm. Particularly, we present results of a systematic study of cutting of tempered glass which has high resistance to thermal and mechanical shocks due to the inhomogeneous material properties along its thickness, and homogeneous glass that identify a unique focusing geometry and a finite pitch dependency, for which cutting with high quality and high reproducibility can be achieved. These results represent a significant advancement in the field of high-speed cutting of technologically important transparent materials.

  20. Controlling the Spins Angular Momentum in Ferromagnets with Sequences of Picosecond Acoustic Pulses

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    Kim, Ji-Wan; Vomir, Mircea; Bigot, Jean-Yves

    2015-01-01

    Controlling the angular momentum of spins with very short external perturbations is a key issue in modern magnetism. For example it allows manipulating the magnetization for recording purposes or for inducing high frequency spin torque oscillations. Towards that purpose it is essential to modify and control the angular momentum of the magnetization which precesses around the resultant effective magnetic field. That can be achieved with very short external magnetic field pulses or using intrinsically coupled magnetic structures, resulting in a transfer of spin torque. Here we show that using picosecond acoustic pulses is a versatile and efficient way of controlling the spin angular momentum in ferromagnets. Two or three acoustic pulses, generated by femtosecond laser pulses, allow suppressing or enhancing the magnetic precession at any arbitrary time by precisely controlling the delays and amplitudes of the optical pulses. A formal analogy with a two dimensional pendulum allows us explaining the complex trajectory of the magnetic vector perturbed by the acoustic pulses. PMID:25687970

  1. Directly driven source of multi-gigahertz, sub-picosecond optical pulses

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    Messerly, Michael J.; Dawson, Jay W.; Barty, Christopher P.J.; Gibson, David J.; Prantil, Matthew A.; Cormier, Eric

    2015-10-20

    A robust, compact optical pulse train source is described, with the capability of generating sub-picosecond micro-pulse sequences, which can be periodic as well as non-periodic, and at repetition rates tunable over decades of baseline frequencies, from MHz to multi-GHz regimes. The micro-pulses can be precisely controlled and formatted to be in the range of many ps in duration to as short as several fs in duration. The system output can be comprised of a continuous wave train of optical micro-pulses or can be programmed to provide gated bursts of macro-pulses, with each macro-pulse consisting of a specific number of micro-pulses or a single pulse picked from the higher frequency train at a repetition rate lower than the baseline frequency. These pulses could then be amplified in energy anywhere from the nJ to MJ range.

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

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

    2015-01-01

    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

  3. Hydrogen dynamics in β-Mg(BH4)2 on the picosecond timescale.

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    Silvi, Luca; Röhm, Eva; Fichtner, Maximilian; Petry, Winfried; Lohstroh, Wiebke

    2016-06-01

    A quasielastic neutron scattering study on β-Mg(BH4)2 has been performed to investigate the hydrogen dynamics on the picosecond time-scale. Both vibrational and rotational motions of the [BH4](-) tetrahedra contribute to the signal at low energy transfers. A comprehensive analysis of the elastic and quasielastic incoherent structure factors allowed the separation of different parts. Below 200 K, vibrations and rotations (around the C2 or C3 symmetry axis of the [BH4](-) tetrahedra) are well separated. Above that temperature, a transition is observed in the vibrational part, and the spectral weight is shifted towards the quasielastic region. The dynamic transition is not accompanied by any structural phase change but we suggest that it is correlated with the anomalous thermal expansion that has been reported for β-Mg(BH4)2 [Filinchuk, et al., Chem. Mater., 2009, 21, 925]. PMID:27166261

  4. Measurement of transient atomic displacements in thin films with picosecond and femtometer resolution

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    Kozina, M.; Hu, T.; Wittenberg, J. S.; Szilagyi, E.; Trigo, M.; Miller, T. A.; Uher, C.; Damodaran, A.; Martin, L.; Mehta, A.; Corbett, J.; Safranek, J.; Reis, D. A.; Lindenberg, A. M.

    2014-01-01

    We report measurements of the transient structural response of weakly photo-excited thin films of BiFeO3, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, and Bi and time-scales for interfacial thermal transport. Utilizing picosecond x-ray diffraction at a 1.28 MHz repetition rate with time resolution extending down to 15 ps, transient changes in the diffraction angle are recorded. These changes are associated with photo-induced lattice strains within nanolayer thin films, resolved at the part-per-million level, corresponding to a shift in the scattering angle three orders of magnitude smaller than the rocking curve width and changes in the interlayer lattice spacing of fractions of a femtometer. The combination of high brightness, repetition rate, and stability of the synchrotron, in conjunction with high time resolution, represents a novel means to probe atomic-scale, near-equilibrium dynamics. PMID:26798776

  5. Measurement of transient atomic displacements in thin films with picosecond and femtometer resolution.

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    Kozina, M; Hu, T; Wittenberg, J S; Szilagyi, E; Trigo, M; Miller, T A; Uher, C; Damodaran, A; Martin, L; Mehta, A; Corbett, J; Safranek, J; Reis, D A; Lindenberg, A M

    2014-05-01

    We report measurements of the transient structural response of weakly photo-excited thin films of BiFeO3, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, and Bi and time-scales for interfacial thermal transport. Utilizing picosecond x-ray diffraction at a 1.28 MHz repetition rate with time resolution extending down to 15 ps, transient changes in the diffraction angle are recorded. These changes are associated with photo-induced lattice strains within nanolayer thin films, resolved at the part-per-million level, corresponding to a shift in the scattering angle three orders of magnitude smaller than the rocking curve width and changes in the interlayer lattice spacing of fractions of a femtometer. The combination of high brightness, repetition rate, and stability of the synchrotron, in conjunction with high time resolution, represents a novel means to probe atomic-scale, near-equilibrium dynamics. PMID:26798776

  6. Picosecond ultrasonic study of surface acoustic waves on titanium nitride nanostructures

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    Bjornsson, M. M.; Connolly, A. B.; Mahat, S.; Rachmilowitz, B. E.; Daly, B. C.; Antonelli, G. A.; Myers, A.; Singh, K. J.; Yoo, H. J.; King, S. W.

    2015-03-07

    We have measured surface acoustic waves on nanostructured TiN wires overlaid on multiple thin films on a silicon substrate using the ultrafast pump-probe technique known as picosecond ultrasonics. We find a prominent oscillation in the range of 11–54 GHz for samples with varying pitch ranging from 420 nm down to 168 nm. We find that the observed oscillation increases monotonically in frequency with decrease in pitch, but that the increase is not linear. By comparing our data to two-dimensional mechanical simulations of the nanostructures, we find that the type of surface oscillation to which we are sensitive changes depending on the pitch of the sample. Surface waves on substrates that are loaded by thin films can take multiple forms, including Rayleigh-like waves, Sezawa waves, and radiative (leaky) surface waves. We describe evidence for detection of modes that display characteristics of these three surface wave types.

  7. Fractional dynamics in silk: From molecular picosecond subdiffusion to macroscopic long-time relaxation

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    Krasnov, Igor; Seydel, Tilo; Müller, Martin

    2015-04-01

    Structural relaxations in humid silk fibers exposed to tensile stress have been reported to take place on a very wide range of time scales from a few milliseconds to several hours. The time-dependence of the measured tensile force following a quasi-instantaneously applied external strain on the fibers can be understood in terms of a fractional viscoelastic relaxation function introducing memory effects by which the mechanical state of a fiber depends on its tensile history. An analog fractional relaxation also gives rise to the subdiffusion observed on picosecond time scales, which governs the mobility of the amorphous polymer chains and adsorbed water on the molecular level. The reduction of the subdiffusive memory effect in stretched fibers compared to native fibers is consistent with the higher order of the polymers in the stretched state.

  8. 355, 532, and 1064 nm picosecond laser interaction with grass tissues

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    Kim, Jaehun; Ki, Hyungson

    2012-12-01

    In this article, we investigate how 355, 532, and 1064 nm picosecond lasers interact with grass tissues. We have identified five interaction regimes, and based on this classification, interaction maps have been constructed from a systematic experiment. The optical properties of light absorbing grass constituents are studied theoretically in order to understand how and how much light is absorbed by grass tissues. Scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy are employed for observing morphological and structural changes of grass tissues. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first investigation into laser interaction with plant leaves and reveals some fundamental findings regarding how a laser interacts with grass tissues and how plant leaves can be processed using lasers.

  9. Development of picoseconds Time of Flight systems in Meson Test Beam Facility at Fermilab

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    Ronzhin, A.; Albrow, M.; Demarteau, M.; Los, S.; Malik, S.; Pronko, S.; Ramberg, E.; Zatserklyaniy, A.; /Puerto Rico U., Mayaguez

    2010-11-01

    The goal of the work is to develop time of flight (TOF) system with about 10 picosecond time resolution in real beam line when start and stop counters separated by some distance. We name the distance as 'base' for the TOF. This 'real' TOF setup is different from another one when start and stop counters located next to each other. The real TOF is sensitive to beam momentum spread, beam divergence, etc. Anyway some preliminary measurements are useful with close placement of start and stop counter. We name it 'close geometry'. The work started about 2 years ago at Fermilab Meson Test Beam Facility (MTBF). The devices tested in 'close geometry' were Microchannel Plate Photomultipliers (MCP PMT) with Cherenkov radiators. TOF counters based on Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPms) with Cherenkov radiators also in 'close geometry' were tested. We report here new results obtained with the counters in the MTBF at Fermilab, including beam line data.

  10. Photoluminescent zinc oxide polymer nanocomposites fabricated using picosecond laser ablation in an organic solvent

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    Wagener, Philipp; Faramarzi, Shamsolzaman; Schwenke, Andreas; Rosenfeld, Rupert; Barcikowski, Stephan

    2011-06-01

    Nanocomposites made of ZnO nanoparticles dispersed in thermoplastic polyurethane were synthesized using picosecond laser ablation of zinc in a polymer-doped solution of tetrahydrofuran. The pre-added polymer stabilizes the ZnO nanoparticles in situ during laser ablation by forming a polymer shell around the nanoparticles. This close-contact polymer shell has a layer thickness up to 30 nm. Analysis of ZnO polyurethane nanocomposites using optical spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction revealed that oxidized and crystalline ZnO nanoparticles were produced. Those nanocomposites showed a green photoluminescence emission centred at 538 nm after excitation at 350 nm, which should be attributed to oxygen defects generated during the laser formation mechanism of the monocrystalline nanoparticles. Further, the influence of pulse energy and polymer concentration on the production rate, laser fluence and energy-specific mass productivity was investigated.

  11. Analysis of picosecond laser induced fluorescence phenomena in photosynthetic membranes utilizing a master equation approach.

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    Paillotin, G; Swenberg, C E; Breton, J; Geacintov, N E

    1979-03-01

    A Pauli master equation is formulated and solved to describe the fluorescence quantum yield, phi, and the fluorescence temporal decay curves. F(t), obtained in picosecond laser excitation experiments of photosynthetic systems. It is assumed that the lowering of phi with increasing pulse intensity is due to bimolecular singlet exciton annihilation processes which compete with the monomolecular exciton decay processes; Poisson statistics are taken into account. Calculated curves of phi as a function of the number of photon hits per domain are compared with experimental data, and it is concluded that these domains contain at least two to four connected photosynthetic units (depending on the temperature), where each photosynthetic unit is assumed to contain approximately 300 pigment molecules. It is shown that under conditions of high excitation intensities, the fluorescence decays approximately according to the (time)1/2 law. PMID:262402

  12. A theoretical study of the stress relaxation in HMX on the picosecond time scale

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    Long, Yao; Chen, Jun

    2015-12-01

    The stress relaxation model of β-HMX on the picosecond time scale is studied by a theoretical approach. The relaxation of normal stress is contributed by lattice vibration, and the relaxation of shear stress is contributed by molecular rotation. Based on this model, the energy dissipation rule of the elastic wave and the profile of the shock wave are investigated. We find at low frequency the dissipation rate of the elastic wave is proportional to the power function of frequency, and under high speed shock loading the width of the stress relaxation zone is less than 0.3 μm there is a pressure peak with a height of 14 GPa near the wave front.

  13. Relativistically strong CO{sub 2} laser driver for plasma-channeled particle acceleration

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    Pogorelsky, I.V.

    1995-12-31

    Long-wavelength, short-duration laser pulses are desirable for plasma wakefield particle acceleration and plasma waveguiding. The first picosecond terawatt CO{sub 2} laser is under development to test laser-driven electron acceleration schemes.

  14. Emerging phleboviruses☆

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    Elliott, Richard M; Brennan, Benjamin

    2014-01-01

    The Bunyavidae family is the largest grouping of RNA viruses and arguably the most diverse. Bunyaviruses have a truly global distribution and can infect vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. The majority of bunyaviruses are vectored by arthropods and thus have the remarkable capability to replicate in hosts of disparate phylogeny. The family has provided many examples of emerging viruses including Sin Nombre and related viruses responsible for hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome in the Americas, first identified in 1993, and Schmallenberg virus which emerged in Europe in 2011, causing foetal malformations in ruminants. In addition, some well-known bunyaviruses like Rift Valley fever and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever viruses continue to emerge in new geographical locations. In this short review we focus on newly identified viruses associated with severe haemorrhagic disease in humans in China and the US. PMID:24607799

  15. Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for gas-phase temperature measurements

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    Miller, Joseph Daniel

    Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (fs/ps CARS) is employed for quantitative gas-phase temperature measurements in combustion processes and heated flows. In this approach, ultrafast 100-fs laser pulses are used to induce vibrational and rotational transitions in N2 and O2, while a third spectrally narrowed picosecond pulse is used to probe the molecular response. Temporal suppression of the nonresonant contribution and elimination of collisional effects are achieved by delay of the probe pulse, while sufficient spectral resolution is maintained for frequency-domain detection and thermometry. A theoretical framework is developed to model experimental spectra by phenomenologically describing the temporal evolution of the vibrational and rotational wavepackets as a function of temperature and pressure. Interference-free, single-shot vibrational fs/ps CARS thermometry is demonstrated at 1-kHz from 1400-2400 K in a H2-air flame, with accuracy better than 3%. A time-asymmetric exponential pulse shape is introduced to optimize nonresonant suppression with a 103 reduction at a probe delay of 0.31 ps. Low-temperature single-shot thermometry (300-700 K) with better than 1.5% accuracy is demonstrated using a fully degenerate rotational fs/ps CARS scheme, and the influence of collision energy transfer on thermometry error is quantified at atmospheric pressure. Interference-free thermometry, without nonresonant contributions and collision-induced error, is demonstrated for the first time using rotational fs/ps CARS at room temperature and pressures from 1-15 atm. Finally, the temporal and spectral resolution of fs/ps CARS is exploited for transition-resolved time-domain measurements of N2 and O2 self-broadened S-branch Raman linewidths at pressures of 1-20 atm.

  16. CARS imaging with a new 532-nm synchronously pumped picosecond OPO

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    Büttner, Edlef; Carrasco, Silvia; Evans, Conor L.; Ganikhanov, Feruz S.; Herbst, Johannes G.; Kopf, Daniel; Rimke, Ingo; Xie, Sunney

    2007-02-01

    A new, synchronously pumped picosecond OPO for CARS microscopy is presented. It is based on non-critically phasematched interaction in LBO pumped by a frequency-doubled modelocked Nd:Vanadat laser at 532 nm. Within the parametric process a tuneable pair of two different wavelengths in the NIR range is generated (Signal <680 ...990 nm, Idler 1150...>2450 nm). In this system they are extracted from the cavity at the same mirror and therefore propagating collinear at the same beam path. Due to the mechanism of their generation there is no jitter between Signal and Idler. Though the wavelengths are different the GVD is negligible for this picosecond pulse duration. As a result the two pulse trains are spatially and temporally perfectly matched. The pulses generated are close to transform limit with about 5-6 ps pulse duration, excellent beam quality (M2 < 1,1) and high pointing stability. The output power for Signal and Idler is about 1 W each @ 4 W pump power. The tuning mechanism is split into two parts - temperature tuning for rough variations and fast angular BRF tuning for the fine adjustment of the output wavelength. The perfect spatial and temporal overlap make the described OPO an ideal and nearly hands-free laser source for CARS microscopy with a tuneable energy difference 1,400 ... >10,000 cm -1. The absolute wavelength range is resulting in high penetration depth and low photo damage of the analyzed samples. Finally some CARS-images are presented and the latest results and methods for further sensitivity enhancements are shown.

  17. Treatment of tattoos with a picosecond alexandrite laser: a prospective trial.

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    Saedi, Nazanin; Metelitsa, Andrei; Petrell, Kathleen; Arndt, Kenneth A; Dover, Jeffrey S

    2012-12-01

    OBJECTIVE To study a picosecond 755-nm alexandrite laser for the removal of tattoos to confirm the efficacy of this therapy, focusing on the effect of therapy on the target lesion as well as the surrounding tissues and quantifying the number of necessary treatments. DESIGN Fifteen patients with tattoos were enrolled. Treatments were scheduled approximately 6 ± 2 weeks apart. Standard photographs using 2-dimensional imaging were taken at baseline, before each treatment, and 1 month and 3 months after the last treatment. SETTING Dermatology clinic at SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. PATIENTS Fifteen patients with darkly pigmented tattoos. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Treatment efficacy was assessed by the level of tattoo clearance in standard photographs. These photographs were assessed by a blinded physician evaluator and based on a 4-point scale. Efficacy was also assessed based on physician and patient satisfaction measured on a 4-point scale. RESULTS Twelve of 15 patients with tattoos (80%) completed the study. All 12 patients obtained greater than 75% clearance. Nine patients (75%) obtained greater than 75% clearance after having 2 to 4 treatments. The average number of treatment sessions needed to obtain this level of clearance was 4.25. All 12 patients (100%) were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the treatment. Adverse effects included pain, swelling, and blistering. Pain resolved immediately after therapy, while the swelling and blistering resolved within 1 week. Hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation were reported at the 3-month follow-up. CONCLUSION The picosecond 755-nm alexandrite laser is a safe and very effective procedure for removing tattoo pigment. PMID:22986470

  18. A compact picosecond pulsed laser source using a fully integrated CMOS driver circuit

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    He, Yuting; Li, Yuhua; Yadid-Pecht, Orly

    2016-03-01

    Picosecond pulsed laser source have applications in areas such as optical communications, biomedical imaging and supercontinuum generation. Direct modulation of a laser diode with ultrashort current pulses offers a compact and efficient approach to generate picosecond laser pulses. A fully integrated complementary metaloxide- semiconductor (CMOS) driver circuit is designed and applied to operate a 4 GHz distributed feedback laser (DFB). The CMOS driver circuit combines sub-circuits including a voltage-controlled ring oscillator, a voltagecontrolled delay line, an exclusive-or (XOR) circuit and a current source circuit. Ultrashort current pulses are generated by the XOR circuit when the delayed square wave is XOR'ed with the original square wave from the on-chip oscillator. Circuit post-layout simulation shows that output current pulses injected into an equivalent circuit load of the laser have a pulse full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 200 ps, a peak current of 80 mA and a repetition rate of 5.8 MHz. This driver circuit is designed in a 0.13 μm CMOS process and taped out on a 0.3 mm2 chip area. This CMOS chip is packaged and interconnected with the laser diode on a printed circuit board (PCB). The optical output waveform from the laser source is captured by a 5 GHz bandwidth photodiode and an 8 GHz bandwidth oscilloscope. Measured results show that the proposed laser source can output light pulses with a pulse FWHM of 151 ps, a peak power of 6.4 mW (55 mA laser peak forward current) and a repetition rate of 5.3 MHz.

  19. Impedance characteristics of terawatt ion diodes

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    Mendel, C. W., Jr.; Desjarlais, M. P.; Pointon, T. D.; Quintenz, J. P.; Rosenthal, S. E.; Seidel, D. B.; Slutz, S. A.

    Light ion fusion research has developed ion diodes that have unique properties when compared to other ion diodes. These diodes involve relativistic electrons, ion beam stagnation pressures that compress the magnetic field to the order of 10 Tesla, and large space charge and particle current effects throughout the accelerating region. These diodes have required new theories and models to account for effects that previously were unimportant. One of the most important effects of the magnetic field compression and large space charge has been impedance collapse. The impedance collapse can lead to poor energy transfer efficiency, beam debunching, and rapid change of the beam focus. The current understanding of these effects is discussed including some of the methods used to ameliorate them, and the future directions the theory and modeling will take.

  20. Terawatt Challenge for Thin-Film PV

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    Zweibel, K.

    2005-08-01

    The evolution of PV into one of the world's largest industries is not going to happen without major unforeseen problems. However, this study attempts to address the obvious ones, so that we can put aside the mythology of PV (for example, that it is only ''boutique power'' or that one must pave the world with it to be useful) and get on with changing the world's energy infrastructure. With the years of rapid market growth now under way in PV, the author is sure this will not be the last effort to understand the real potential and pitfalls of meeting the Challenge.

  1. Emergency contraception.

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    Gold, M A

    2000-01-01

    High rates of adolescent pregnancy remain a challenge for health care providers. For most sexually active adolescents, pregnancy is unintended. Emergency contraception, also called the "morning-after-pill" or postcoital contraception, is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. In the United States, three forms of emergency contraception currently are available: high-dose combination estrogen and progestin pills, high-dose progestin-only pills, and postcoital insertion of a copper intrauterine device. The postcoital intrauterine device is used infrequently. When emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, they reduce the risk of pregnancy by at least 75%. However, they are most effective if taken within 24 hours of coitus. Eleven brands of pills currently are marketed in the United States that conform to the regimens approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this indication. Recently, two prepackaged ECPs were approved by the FDA. The only medical contraindication to prescribing ECPs is pregnancy. The most common side effects are nausea and vomiting, followed by menstrual disturbances, breast tenderness, abdominal cramping, dizziness, headache, and mood changes. Because vomiting can compromise the efficacy of ECPs, routine pretreatment with an antiemetic is recommended. Primary care providers can reduce unintended adolescent pregnancy by routinely counseling adolescents at all office visits about the existence of emergency contraception and by prescribing it in advance and over the telephone. PMID:10959448

  2. Emerging Scholars

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    Anyaso, Hilary Hurd; Rolo, Mark Anthony; Roach, Ronald; Delos, Robin Chen; Branch-Brioso, Karen; Miranda, Maria Eugenia; Seymour, Add, Jr.; Grossman, Wendy; Nealy, Michelle J.; Lum, Lydia

    2009-01-01

    This year's group of "emerging scholars" is a force to be reckoned with. This diverse group of young (under-40) crusaders is pushing the boundaries of research, technology and public policy in ways never imagined and reaching new heights of accomplishments. The Class of 2009 includes a physiologist who devised an artificial pancreas to produce the…

  3. Radiation Emergencies

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    ... over a short period can cause burns or radiation sickness. If the exposure is large enough, it can cause premature aging or even death. Although there are no guarantees of safety during a radiation emergency, you can take actions to protect yourself. ...

  4. Chemical Emergencies

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    ... agents such as sarin and VX. Many hazardous chemicals are used in industry - for example, chlorine, ammonia, and benzene. Some can be made from everyday items such as household cleaners. Although there are no guarantees of safety during a chemical emergency, you can take actions to protect yourself. ...

  5. Emerging Options for Emergency Contraception

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    Koyama, Atsuko; Hagopian, Laura; Linden, Judith

    2013-01-01

    Emergency post-coital contraception (EC) is an effective method of preventing pregnancy when used appropriately. EC has been available since the 1970s, and its availability and use have become widespread. Options for EC are broad and include the copper intrauterine device (IUD) and emergency contraceptive pills such as levonorgestrel, ulipristal acetate, combined oral contraceptive pills (Yuzpe method), and less commonly, mifepristone. Some options are available over-the-counter, while others require provider prescription or placement. There are no absolute contraindications to the use of emergency contraceptive pills, with the exception of ulipristal acetate and mifepristone. This article reviews the mechanisms of action, efficacy, safety, side effects, clinical considerations, and patient preferences with respect to EC usage. The decision of which regimen to use is influenced by local availability, cost, and patient preference. PMID:24453516

  6. Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering at flame temperatures using a second-harmonic bandwidth-compressed probe.

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    Kearney, Sean P; Scoglietti, Daniel J

    2013-03-15

    We demonstrate an approach for picosecond probe-beam generation that enables hybrid femtosecond/picosecond pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) measurements in flames. Sum-frequency generation of bandwidth-compressed picosecond radiation from femtosecond pumps with phase-conjugate chirps provides probe pulses with energies in excess of 1 mJ that are temporally locked to the femtosecond pump/Stokes preparation. This method overcomes previous limitations on hybrid femtosecond/picosecond rotational CARS techniques, which have relied upon less efficient bandwidth-reduction processes that have generally resulted in prohibitively low probe energy for flame measurements. We provide the details of the second-harmonic approach and demonstrate the technique in near-adiabatic hydrogen/air flames. PMID:23503231

  7. Thyroid Emergencies.

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    Leung, Angela M

    2016-01-01

    Myxedema coma and thyroid storm are thyroid emergencies associated with increased mortality. Prompt recognition of these states-which represent the severe, life-threatening conditions of extremely reduced or elevated circulating thyroid hormone concentrations, respectively-is necessary to initiate treatment. Management of myxedema coma and thyroid storm requires both medical and supportive therapies and should be treated in an intensive care unit setting. PMID:27598067

  8. Emerging jets

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    Schwaller, Pedro; Stolarski, Daniel; Weiler, Andreas

    2015-05-01

    In this work, we propose a novel search strategy for new physics at the LHC that utilizes calorimeter jets that (i) are composed dominantly of displaced tracks and (ii) have many different vertices within the jet cone. Such emerging jet signatures are smoking guns for models with a composite dark sector where a parton shower in the dark sector is followed by displaced decays of dark pions back to SM jets. No current LHC searches are sensitive to this type of phenomenology. We perform a detailed simulation for a benchmark signal with two regular and two emerging jets, and present and implement strategies to suppress QCD backgrounds by up to six orders of magnitude. At the 14 TeV LHC, this signature can be probed with mediator masses as large as 1.5 TeV for a range of dark pion lifetimes, and the reach is increased further at the high-luminosity LHC. The emerging jet search is also sensitive to a broad class of long-lived phenomena, and we show this for a supersymmetric model with R-parity violation. Possibilities for discovery at LHCb are also discussed.

  9. 39.1 μJ picosecond ultraviolet pulses at 355 nm with 1 MHz repeat rate.

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    Zhu, Peng; Li, Daijun; Liu, Qingyong; Chen, Jun; Fu, Shaojun; Shi, Peng; Du, Keming; Loosen, Peter

    2013-11-15

    Based on our reliable high-power picosecond laser source with high beam qualities, we designed a compact and efficient third harmonic generation scheme by cascading a frequency doubling and a sum frequency generation using LBO as the nonlinear material. A maximum output of 39.1 W with a repeat rate of 1 MHz at 355 nm was obtained, which implied a pulse energy of 39.1 μJ, which was the highest picosecond UV pulse energy with an all-solid-state setup so far. The total conversion efficiency from infrared to UV was up to 46%. And the output UV has excellent beam qualities with an M-square factor less than 1.1. PMID:24322114

  10. 201 W picosecond green laser using a mode-locked fiber laser driven cryogenic Yb:YAG amplifier system.

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    Kowalewski, Katie; Zembek, Jason; Envid, Victoria; Brown, David C

    2012-11-15

    We have generated 201 W of green (514.5 nm) average power from a frequency-doubled picosecond cryogenic Yb:YAG laser system driven by a 50 MHz, 12.4 ps mode-locked Yb fiber laser producing 430 W of average power at 1029 nm, using direct pulse amplification. The fundamental beam produced was near-diffraction-limited (M(2)<1.3). Second-harmonic-generation is achieved using a 20 mm long noncritically phase-matched Lithium triborate (LiB3O5) crystal; conversion efficiencies as high as 58% have been observed. At 100 W of 514.5 nm output power, the average M(2) value was 1.35. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest average power picosecond green pulsed laser. PMID:23164862

  11. High-power linearly-polarized picosecond thulium-doped all-fiber master-oscillator power-amplifier.

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    Liu, Jiang; Liu, Chen; Shi, Hongxing; Wang, Pu

    2016-06-27

    We demonstrated a linearly-polarized picosecond thulium-doped all-fiber-integrated master-oscillator power-amplifier system, which yielded 240 W of average output power at 127 MHz repetition rate. The seed source is a passively mode-locked polarization-maintaining thulium-doped all-fiber oscillator with a nearly transform-limited pulse duration of 10 ps. In combination with a pre-chirp fiber having a positive group velocity dispersion and a three stage polarization-maintaining thulium-doped all-fiber amplifier, output pulse energies up to 1.89 µJ with 42 kW pulse peak power are obtained without the need of complex free-space stretcher or compressor setups. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest average output power ever reported for a picosecond all-fiber-integrated laser at 2 µm wavelength region. PMID:27410651

  12. Completely self-starting picosecond and femtosecond Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser

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    Shieh, J.; Ganikhanov, F.; Lin, K.; Hsieh, W.; Pan, C.

    1995-05-01

    Completely self-starting and stable operation of a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser was realized in both picosecond and femtosecond regimes. The cavity has a symmetric X configuration with soft aperturing. Enhanced Kerr nonlinearity and reduced backscattering effects were thought to be key to obtaining stable self-starting self-mode-locked operation from 765 to 815 nm for the picosecond regime and from 770 to 835 nm for the femtosecond regime. The mode-locking starting time as measured by the onset of the second-harmonic signal ranged from 300 ms to 2 s, depending on cavity alignment. Preliminary data also suggest that intracavity intensity fluctuation necessary for the laser to evolve into stable mode locking could be as short as 10--40 ps.

  13. Generation and Propagation of a Picosecond Acoustic Pulse at a Buried Interface: Time-Resolved X-Ray Diffraction Measurements

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    Lee, S.H.; Cavalieri, A.L.; Fritz, D.M.; Swan, M.C.; Reis, D.A.; Hegde, R.S.; Reason, M.; Goldman, R.S.

    2005-12-09

    We report on the propagation of coherent acoustic wave packets in (001) surface oriented Al{sub 0.3}Ga{sub 0.7}As/GaAs heterostructure, generated through localized femtosecond photoexcitation of the GaAs. Transient structural changes in both the substrate and film are measured with picosecond time-resolved x-ray diffraction. The data indicate an elastic response consisting of unipolar compression pulses of a few hundred picosecond duration traveling along [001] and [001] directions that are produced by predominately impulsive stress. The transmission and reflection of the strain pulses are in agreement with an acoustic mismatch model of the heterostructure and free-space interfaces.

  14. Picosecond to femtosecond pulses from high power self mode-locked ytterbium rod-type fiber laser.

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    Deslandes, Pierre; Perrin, Mathias; Saby, Julien; Sangla, Damien; Salin, François; Freysz, Eric

    2013-05-01

    We have designed an ytterbium rod-type fiber laser oscillator with tunable pulse duration. This system that delivers more than 10 W of average power is self mode-locked. It yields femtosecond to picosecond laser pulses at a repetition rate of 74 MHz. The pulse duration is adjusted by changing the spectral width of a band pass filter that is inserted in the laser cavity. Using volume Bragg gratings of 0.9 nm and 0.07 nm spectrum bandwidth, this oscillator delivers nearly Fourier limited 2.8 ps and 18.5 ps pulses, respectively. With a 4 nm interference filter, one obtains picosecond pulses that have been externally dechirped down to 130 fs. PMID:23669929

  15. Vibrational Energy Relaxation of Benzene Dimer Studied by Picosecond Time-Resolved Infrared-Ultraviolet Pump-Probe Spectroscopy

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    Kusaka, R.; Ebata, T.

    2010-06-01

    The benzene dimer is excited to the CH stretching vibrational levels by a picosecond IR pulse, and the time evolution of the population of the pumped and redistributed levels are probed by (1+1)REMPI with a picosecond UV pulse. In order to accomplish IR excitation localized in the site of the T-shaped dimer, two dimer isotopomers [(1) Top=C_6H_6, Stem=C_6D_6, (2) Top=C_6D_6, Stem=C_6H_6] are used. From the time profiles of the pumped and the relaxed levels, the rate constants of intracluster vibrational redistribution (ICVR) at each site and subsequent vibrational predissociation (VP) are discussed.

  16. High-power picoseconds 355 nm laser by third harmonic generation based on CsB3O5 crystal

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    Guo, L.; Wang, G. L.; Zhang, H. B.; Cui, D. F.; Wu, Y. C.; Lu, L.; Zhang, J. Y.; Huang, J. Y.; Xu, Z. Y.

    2007-07-01

    We report on the high average power third harmonic generation (THG) of a mode-locked picosecond laser in a CsB3O5 (CBO) crystal. The picosecond laser beam at 1064 nm is produced by a home-made 30 W master oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) Nd:YVO4 laser system. The maximum THG output at 355 nm is up to 5.4 W. We also investigate the phase matching angle at different temperatures. During high power operation, the temperature of the CBO crystal is set at a high temperature of more than 100 °C. The THG system has shown a fine long-term stability for more than two months of operation.

  17. Hypertensive emergencies.

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    Murphy, C

    1995-11-01

    Hypertensive emergencies are uncommon and physiologically diverse. Consequently, it is difficult for most physicians to develop a familiarity with all the different hypertensive crises and with all drugs available for treating them (Table 4). Clinicians should not agonize over which is the perfect therapeutic agent for a particular emergency, but instead, they should focus on scrupulous monitoring and familiarize themselves with a few agents that will serve in most situations. Generally, these agents will be sodium nitroprusside and nitroglycerin. Vigilant neurologic monitoring is mandatory in all hypertensive emergencies. The early symptoms and signs of cerebral hypoperfusion can be vague and subtle, but if recognized, serious complications of therapy can be avoided. Remember, the patient may still be hypertensive. Avoid acute (during the first hour) reductions in MAP of more than 20% whenever possible; subsequent reductions should be gradual. In patients known to have markedly elevated ICP and who need acute reductions in their BP, serious consideration should be given to direct monitoring of the ICP so that CPP can be maintained within safe limits. In general, oral agents should not be used for the treatment of hypertensive emergencies. Intravenous Labetalol and intravenous nicardipine are not suitable for general use in hypertensive emergencies. In special situations (e.g., perioperative hypertension and subarachnoid hemorrhage), however, they may be employed. Their role may expand with further study. Trimethaphan may be superior to nitroprusside for hypertension complicated by elevated ICP or cerebral dysfunction. Realistically, most physicians will continue to use nitroprusside. Intense neurologic monitoring is more important than the specific agent used. Nitroglycerin is the agent of choice for acute ischemic heart disease complicated by severe hypertension; if it fails, use nitroprusside. For aortic dissection, the combination of nitroprusside and IV

  18. Experimental study of the excitation of rhodium isomer in a plasma produced by a picosecond laser pulse

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    Afonin, V. I.; Kakshin, A. G.; Mazunin, A. V.

    2010-03-15

    Estimates and first experimental results on the excitation of a long-lived isomer state (E{sub m} = 39.756 keV, J{sup p} = 9/2{sup -}, and T{sub 1/2} = 56.114 min) of Rh{sup 103} nuclei under the action of X radiation in a hot solid-state-density rhodium plasma produced by a picosecond laser pulse in the SOKOL-P laser facility are presented.

  19. Doubly-Resonant Fabry-Perot Cavity for Power Enhancement of Burst-Mode Picosecond Ultraviolet Pulses

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    Abudureyimu, Reheman; Huang, Chunning; Liu, Yun

    2015-01-01

    We report on a first experimental demonstration of locking a doubly-resonant Fabry-Perot cavity to burst-mode picosecond ultraviolet (UV) pulses by using a temperature controlled dispersion compensation method. This technique will eventually enable the intra cavity power enhancement of burst-mode 402.5MHz/50ps UV laser pulses with a MW level peak power required for the laser assisted H- beam stripping experiment at the Spallation Neutron Source.

  20. Amplification of picosecond pulses to 100 W by an Yb:YAG thin-disk with CVBG compressor

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    Smrž, Martin; Chyla, Michal; Novák, Ondřej; Miura, Taisuke; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomáś

    2015-05-01

    High average power picosecond lasers have become an import tool in many fields of science and industry. We report on progress in development of 100 kHz, 100 W picosecond Yb:YAG thin disk laser amplifier with fundamental spatial mode at the HiLASE laser center. More efficient direct pumping to an upper laser level has been employed in order to suppress thermal loading of the thin disk active medium and to increase system stability. We also carefully analyzed and described all benefits of this so called zero phonon line pumping (ZPL) for fundamental spatial mode cavity design and successfully increased extraction efficiency of the amplifier to > 28 %. A novel approach of high-power picosecond pulse compression using a space saving and easy-to-align chirped-volume Bragg grating (CVBG) with high dispersion and high net efficiency approaching 88 % allowed us to build a robust and highly compact pulse compressor. A 100 kHz train of sub-1-milijoule pulses compressed bellow 2 ps (FWHM) in almost diffraction limited Gaussian beam has been successfully generated from this highly compact (900 x 1200 mm) thin-disk-based Yb:YAG regenerative amplifier.

  1. Arbitrarily-shaped bursts of picosecond pulses from a fiber laser source for high-throughput applications

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    Desbiens, Louis; Drolet, Mathieu; Roy, Vincent; Sisto, Marco M.; Taillon, Yves

    2011-02-01

    Increasing the ablation efficiency of picosecond laser sources can be performed by bunching pulses in bursts1 and benefit from heat accumulation effects2-5 in the target. Pulsed fiber lasers are well suited for such a regime of operation, as the single pulse energy in a fiber is limited by the onset of nonlinear effects (SPM, SRS). Increasing the number of pulses to form a burst of pulses allows for average power scaling of picosecond fiber lasers. We are presenting in this paper a high-power fiber laser emitting arbitrarily-shaped bursts of picosecond pulses at 20 W of average output power. Burst duration can be varied from 2.5 ns to 80 ns. The burst repetition rate is externally triggered and can be varied from 100 kHz to 1 MHz. The single pulse duration is 60 ps and the repetition rate within a burst is 1.8 GHz. The output beam is linearly polarized (PER > 20 dB) and its M2 value is smaller than 1.15. The laser source has a tunable central wavelength around 1064 nm and a spectral linewidth compatible with frequency conversion. Conversion efficiency higher than 60% has been obtained at 10 W of 1064-nm output power.

  2. Picosecond pulses compression at 1053-nm center wavelength by using a gas-filled hollow-core fiber compressor

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    Huang, Zhi-Yuan; Wang, Ding; Leng, Yu-Xin; Dai, Ye

    2015-01-01

    We theoretically study the nonlinear compression of picosecond pulses with 10-mJ of input energy at the 1053-nm center wavelength by using a one-meter-long gas-filled hollow-core fiber (HCF) compressor and considering the third-order dispersion (TOD) effect. It is found that when the input pulse is about 1 ps/10 mJ, it can be compressed down to less than 20 fs with a high transmission efficiency. The gas for optimal compression is krypton gas which is filled in a HCF with a 400-μm inner diameter. When the input pulse duration is increased to 5 ps, it can also be compressed down to less than 100 fs efficiently under proper conditions. The results show that the TOD effect has little impact on picosecond pulse compression and the HCF compressor can be applied on compressing picosecond pulses efficiently with a high compression ratio, which will benefit the research of high-field laser physics. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11204328, 61221064, 61078037, 11127901, and 11134010), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB808101), the Commission of Science and Technology of Shanghai, China (Grant No. 12dz1100700), the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai, China (Grant No. 13ZR1414800), and the International Science and Technology Cooperation Program of China (Grant No. 2011DFA11300).

  3. High-power picosecond 355 nm laser based on La₂CaB₁₀O₁₉ crystal.

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    Li, Kai; Zhang, Ling; Xu, Degang; Zhang, Guochun; Yu, Haijuan; Wang, Yuye; Shan, Faxian; Wang, Lirong; Yan, Chao; Wu, Yicheng; Lin, Xuechun; Yao, Jianquan

    2014-06-01

    Third harmonic generation experiments were performed on a type-I phase-matching La2CaB10O19 crystal cut at θ=49.4° and φ=0.0° with dimensions of 4.0  mm×4.0  mm×17.6  mm. A 1064 nm laser with a maximum average power of 35.2 W was employed as the fundamental light source, which has a pulse width of 10 picoseconds and a pulse repetition rate of 80 MHz. A type-I noncritical phase-matching LBO crystal was used to generate 532 nm lasers. By investigating a series of focusing lens combinations, a picosecond 355 nm laser of 5.3 W was obtained, which is the highest power of picosecond 355 nm laser based on a La2CaB10O19 crystal so far. The total conversion efficiency from 1064 to 355 nm was up to 15.1%. PMID:24876039

  4. Rapid micromachining of high aspect ratio holes in fused silica glass by high repetition rate picosecond laser

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    Karimelahi, Samira; Abolghasemi, Ladan; Herman, Peter R.

    2014-01-01

    We present multiple methods of high aspect ratio hole drilling in fused silica glass, taking advantage of high power and high repetition rate picosecond lasers and flexible beam delivery methods to excise deep holes with minimal collateral damage. Combinations of static and synchronous scanning of laser focus were explored over a range of laser repetition rates and burst-train profiles that dramatically vary laser plume interaction dynamics, heat-affected zone, and heat accumulation physics. Chemically assisted etching of picosecond laser modification tracks are also presented as an extension from femtosecond laser writing of volume nanograting to form high aspect ratio (77) channels. Processing windows are identified for the various beam delivery methods that optimize the laser exposure over energy, wavelength, and repetition rate to reduce microcracking and deleterious heating effects. The results show the benefits of femtosecond laser interactions in glass extend into the picosecond domain, where the attributes of higher power further yield wide processing windows and significantly faster fabrication speed. High aspect ratio holes of 400 μm depth were formed over widely varying rates of 333 holes per second for mildly cracked holes in static-focal positioning through to one hole per second for low-damage and taper free holes in synchronous scanning.

  5. A method for detecting ultra-low quantities of explosives with use a picosecond laser FAIMS analyzer

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    Chistyakov, Alexander A.; Kotkovskii, Gennadii E.; Odulo, Ivan P.; Sychev, Alexey V.; Bogdanov, Artem S.; Perederiy, Anatoly N.; Spitsyn, Evgeny M.; Shestakov, Alexander V.

    2015-05-01

    A method for detecting ultralow quantities of explosives in air with use a state-of-the-art picosecond chip Nd3+:YAG laser has been developed. The method combines field asymmetric ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS) with laser ionization of examined air samples. Radiation of λ = 266nm, τpulse = 300ps, Epulse = 30-150μJ, ν = 20-300Hz was used. Processes in the ion source for the use both picosecond and nanosecond ionization modes were analyzed. Parameters of the laser ion source have been specially optimized. The dependences on frequency, pulse energy, peak intensity, and average power for trinitrotoluene (TNT) and cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX) were obtained. It was shown that the optimal peak intensity should be no less 3·106 W/cm2. The detected ion signals for all explosives were shown to be threefold higher for picosecond excitation in comparison with use a nanosecond laser of the same average power. The estimated detection threshold of the prototype equals 1. 10-15 g/cm3. The results are promising for the development of a highly sensitive, portable laser explosive detector.

  6. Absolute absorption spectra of batho- and photorhodopsins at room temperature. Picosecond laser photolysis of rhodopsin in polyacrylamide.

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    Kandori, H; Shichida, Y; Yoshizawa, T

    1989-01-01

    Picosecond laser photolysis of rhodopsin in 15% polyacrylamide gel was performed for estimating absolute absorption spectra of the primary intermediates of cattle rhodopsin (bathorhodopsin and photorhodopsin). Using a rhodopsin digitonin extract embedded in 15% polyacrylamide gel, a precise percentage of bleaching of rhodopsin after excitation of a picosecond laser pulse was measured. Using this value, the absolute absorption spectrum of bathorhodopsin was calculated from the spectral change before and 1 ns after the picosecond laser excitation (corresponding to the difference spectrum between rhodopsin and bathorhodopsin). The absorption spectrum of bathorhodopsin thus obtained displayed a lambda max at 535 nm, which was shorter than that at low temperature (543 nm) and a half band-width broader than that measured at low temperature. The oscillator strength of bathorhodopsin at room temperature was smaller than that at low temperature. The absolute absorption spectrum of photorhodopsin was also estimated from the difference spectrum measured at 15 ps after the excitation of rhodopsin (Shichida, Y., S. Matuoka, and T. Yoshizawa. 1984. Photobiochem. Photobiophys. 7:221-228), assuming a sequential conversion of photorhodopsin to bathorhodopsin. Its lambda max was located at approximately 570 nm, and the oscillator strength was smaller than those of rhodopsin and bathorhodopsin. PMID:2790133

  7. Laser-induced back-ablation of aluminum thin films using picosecond laser pulses

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    BULLOCK, A B

    1999-05-26

    Experiments were performed to understand laser-induced back-ablation of Al film targets with picosecond laser pulses. Al films deposited on the back surface of BK-7 substrates are ablated by picosecond laser pulses propagating into the Al film through the substrate. The ablated Al plume is transversely probed by a time-delayed, two-color sub-picoseond (500 fs) pulse, and this probe is then used to produce self-referencing interferograms and shadowgraphs of the Al plume in flight. Optical emission from the Al target due to LIBA is directed into a time-integrated grating spectrometer, and a time-integrating CCD camera records images of the Al plume emission. Ablated Al plumes are also redeposited on to receiving substrates. A post-experimental study of the Al target and recollected deposit characteristics was also done using optical microscopy, interferometry, and profilometry. In this high laser intensity regime, laser-induced substrate ionization and damage strongly limits transmitted laser fluence through the substrate above a threshold fluence. The threshold fluence for this ionization-based transmission limit in the substrate is dependent on the duration of the incident pulse. The substrate ionization can be used as a dynamic control of both transmitted spatial pulse profile and ablated Al plume shape. The efficiency of laser energy transfer between the laser pulse incident on the Al film and the ablated Al plume is estimated to be of order 5% and is a weak function of laser pulsewidth. The Al plume is highly directed. Low plume divergence ({theta}{sub divergence} < 5{sup o}) shows the ablated plume temperature to be very low at long time delays ( T << 0.5 eV at delays of 255 ns). Spectroscopic observations and calculations indicate that, in early time (t < 100 ps), the Al film region near the substrate/metal interface is at temperatures of order 0.5 eV. Interferograms of Al plumes produced with 0.1 {micro}m films show these plumes to be of high neutral atom

  8. Initial clinical experience with the picosecond Nd:YLF laser for intraocular therapeutic applications

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    Geerling, G.; Roider, J.; Schmidt-Erfurt, U.; Nahen, K.; El-Hifnawi, E.; Laqua, H.; Vogel, A.

    1998-01-01

    AIMS/BACKGROUND—Compared with nanosecond (ns) pulses of conventional Nd-YAG lasers, picosecond (ps) laser pulses allow intraocular surgery at considerably lower pulse energy. The authors report initial clinical experiences using a Nd:YLF ps laser for the treatment of various indications for photodisruption.
METHODS—A Nd:YLF laser system (ISL 2001, wavelength 1053 nm) was used to apply pulse series of 100-400 µJ single pulse energy at a repetition rate of 0.12-1.0 kHz. Computer controlled patterns were used to perform iridectomies (n=53), capsulotomies (n=9), synechiolysis (n=3), and pupilloplasties (n=2). Other procedures were vitreoretinal strand incision (n=2) and peripheral retinotomy (n=1). For comparison, 10 capsulotomies and 20 iridotomies were performed with a Nd:YAG ns laser. The ps laser cut of an anterior capsule was assessed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).
RESULTS—Open, well defined iridectomies (mean total energy 4028 mJ, mean diameter 724 µm) were achieved at first attempt in 92% of the cases. In 64% an iris bleeding and in 21% an IOP increase of >10 mm Hg occurred. All capsulotomies were performed successfully (mean energy 690 mJ/mm cutting length) but with a high incidence of intraocular lens damage. The attempted vitreoretinal applications remained unsuccessful as a result of optical aberrations of the eye and contact lens. Although ps laser capsulotomies and iridectomies required much higher total energy than ns procedures, the resulting tissue effects of the ps pulses were more clearly defined. SEM examination of a ps incision of the anterior lens capsule demonstrated, nevertheless, that the cut was more irregular than the edge of a continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis.
CONCLUSION—Series of ps pulses applied in computer controlled patterns can be used effectively for laser surgery in the anterior segment and are considerably less disruptive than ns pulses. The ps laser is well suited for laser iridectomies while the

  9. Psychiatric Emergencies.

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    Wheat, Santina; Dschida, Dorothy; Talen, Mary R

    2016-06-01

    Psychiatric emergencies are acute disturbances in thought, behavior, mood, or social relationship that require immediate intervention as defined by the patient, family, or social unit to save the patient and/or others from imminent danger. Ensuring the safety of the patient, surrounding persons, and the medical team is the first step of evaluation. Treatment focuses on stabilization of the patient, then on specific symptoms and ultimately the cause of symptoms. There are important legal considerations, particularly regarding involuntary admissions. It is important to debrief with the patient, surrounding family, and the health care team to ensure a continued therapeutic alliance and the emotional health of all involved. PMID:27262012

  10. Emergency Lighting

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    1977-01-01

    A lighting system originally developed for NASA's Apollo and Skylab manned spacecraft resulted in a industrial spinoff and creation of a whole new company to produce and market the product line. The company is UDEC Corp., Waltham, Mass. UDEC's "Multi-Mode" electronic lighting systems are designed for plant emergency and supplemental use, such as night lighting, "always-on" stairwell lights and illuminated exit signs. Their advantages stem from the qualities demanded for spacecraft installation: extremely high fight output with very low energy drain, compactness, light weight, and high reliability. The Multi-Mode system includes long-life fluorescent lamps operated by electronic circuitry, a sealed battery that needs no maintenance for 10 years, and a solid-state battery charger. A typical emergency installation consists of a master module with battery and an eight watt lamp, together with four remote "Satellight" modules powered by the master's battery. As a night lighting system for maintenance or I security, UDEC fixtures can bypass the battery and 1 operate on normal current at a fraction of the energy 1 demand of conventional night lighting. Industrial customers have realized savings of better than ninety percent with UDEC night lights. UDEC started as a basement industry in 1972 but the company has already sold more than 1,000 lighting systems to building operators.

  11. Evaluation of Homogeneity and Elastic Properties of Solid Argon at High Pressures Using Picosecond Laser Ultrasonic Interferometry

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    Zerr, A.; Kuriakose, M.; Raetz, S.; Chigarev, N.; Nikitin, S. M.; Gasteau, D.; Tournat, V.; Bulou, A.; Castagnede, B.; Gusev, V. E.; Lomonosov, A.

    2015-12-01

    In picosecond ultrasonic interferometry [1], femto- or picosecond pump laser pulses are first used to generate acoustic pulses ranging from several to a few tens of nanometres length, thanks to the optoacoustic transduction in a light absorbing generator. Time-delayed femto- or picosecond probe laser pulses are then used to follow the propagation of these ultrashort acoustic pulses through a transparent medium that is in contact with the generator surface. The transient signal thus contains, at each moment in time, information on the local elastic, optical and elasto-optical properties of the tested material at the position where the laser-generated picosecond acoustic pulse is located during its propagation in the sample depth. Hence, the technique allows evaluation of sound velocities and elastic anisotropy of micro-crystallites composing a transparent material compressed to high pressures in a diamond anvil cell (DAC). This interferometry technique also helps to understand the micro-crystallite orientations in a case of elastically anisotropic material. Here we report the preliminary results of picosecond ultrasonic interferometry applied to the evaluation of homogeneities and elastic properties of polycrystalline solid argon compressed to 10 GPa and 15 GPa. In comparison with the earlier reported experiments on H2O ice at Mbar pressures [2], more efforts were spent to the evaluation of the lateral microstructure of the sample at high pressures, i.e., to inhomogeneities along the surface of the optoacoustic generator, rather than to the in-depth imaging along the axis of the DAC. The lateral imaging is performed over a distance of 60 - 90 µm, nearly corresponding to the complete sample diameter. In addition to the presence of expected lateral inhomogeneities the obtained results demonstrate important changes in their distribution upon pressure increase from 10 to 15 GPa. On the basis of the analysis of the statistic probability in the detection of differently

  12. Post-processing of 3D-printed parts using femtosecond and picosecond laser radiation

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    Mingareev, Ilya; Gehlich, Nils; Bonhoff, Tobias; Meiners, Wilhelm; Kelbassa, Ingomar; Biermann, Tim; Richardson, Martin C.

    2014-03-01

    Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D-printing, is a near-net shape manufacturing approach, delivering part geometry that can be considerably affected by various process conditions, heat-induced distortions, solidified melt droplets, partially fused powders, and surface modifications induced by the manufacturing tool motion and processing strategy. High-repetition rate femtosecond and picosecond laser radiation was utilized to improve surface quality of metal parts manufactured by laser additive techniques. Different laser scanning approaches were utilized to increase the ablation efficiency and to reduce the surface roughness while preserving the initial part geometry. We studied post-processing of 3D-shaped parts made of Nickel- and Titanium-base alloys by utilizing Selective Laser Melting (SLM) and Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) as additive manufacturing techniques. Process parameters such as the pulse energy, the number of layers and their spatial separation were varied. Surface processing in several layers was necessary to remove the excessive material, such as individual powder particles, and to reduce the average surface roughness from asdeposited 22-45 μm to a few microns. Due to the ultrafast laser-processing regime and the small heat-affected zone induced in materials, this novel integrated manufacturing approach can be used to post-process parts made of thermally and mechanically sensitive materials, and to attain complex designed shapes with micrometer precision.

  13. A review on high-resolution CMOS delay lines: towards sub-picosecond jitter performance.

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    Abdulrazzaq, Bilal I; Abdul Halin, Izhal; Kawahito, Shoji; Sidek, Roslina M; Shafie, Suhaidi; Yunus, Nurul Amziah Md

    2016-01-01

    A review on CMOS delay lines with a focus on the most frequently used techniques for high-resolution delay step is presented. The primary types, specifications, delay circuits, and operating principles are presented. The delay circuits reported in this paper are used for delaying digital inputs and clock signals. The most common analog and digitally-controlled delay elements topologies are presented, focusing on the main delay-tuning strategies. IC variables, namely, process, supply voltage, temperature, and noise sources that affect delay resolution through timing jitter are discussed. The design specifications of these delay elements are also discussed and compared for the common delay line circuits. As a result, the main findings of this paper are highlighting and discussing the followings: the most efficient high-resolution delay line techniques, the trade-off challenge found between CMOS delay lines designed using either analog or digitally-controlled delay elements, the trade-off challenge between delay resolution and delay range and the proposed solutions for this challenge, and how CMOS technology scaling can affect the performance of CMOS delay lines. Moreover, the current trends and efforts used in order to generate output delayed signal with low jitter in the sub-picosecond range are presented. PMID:27104122

  14. Picosecond Dynamics of Shock Compressed and Flash-Heated Nanometer Thick Films of HMX

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    Berg, Christopher; Dlott, Dana

    2013-06-01

    New results are described for probing molecular dynamics of octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) subjected to shock compression to a few GPa and/or temperature excursions exceeding thermal decomposition values (T > 500 K). 5-10 nm thick films of δ-HMX were grown on metallic substrates coated with monolayers of 4-nitrothiophenol. Due to shock velocities of a few nm/ps, nanometer thick films allowed picosecond time resolution of shock loading. A plastic polymer layer a few microns in thickness was spin-coated on top of HMX for shock confinement purposes. Both the monolayer and explosive layer were probed utilizing an ultrafast nonlinear coherent vibrational spectroscopy, vibrational sum-frequency generation. Shock compression pressures were estimated via comparison of the monolayer nitro transition frequency shift with static high pressure measurements in a diamond anvil cell. Temperature determinations were based on thermoreflectance measurements of the metallic substrate. Supported by the Stewardship Sciences Academic Alliance Program from the Carnegie-DOE Alliance Center under grant number DOE CIW 4-3253-13 and the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research under award number FAA9550-09-1-0163.

  15. Picosecond laser ablation of poly-L-lactide: Effect of crystallinity on the material response

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    Ortiz, Rocio; Quintana, Iban; Etxarri, Jon; Lejardi, Ainhoa; Sarasua, Jose-Ramon

    2011-11-01

    The picosecond laser ablation of poly-L-lactide (PLLA) as a function of laser fluence and degree of crystallinity was examined. The ablation parameters and the surface modifications were analyzed under various irradiation conditions using laser wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet through the visible. When processing the amorphous PLLA, both energy threshold and topography varied considerably depending on laser wavelength. Laser irradiation showed a reduction in the energy ablation threshold as the degree of crystallinity increased, probably related to photomechanical effects involved in laser ablation with ultra-short pulses and the lower stress accommodation behavior of semicrystalline polymers. In particular, cooperative chain motions are impeded by the higher degree of crystallinity, showing fragile mechanical behavior and lower energy dissipation. The experimental results on ablation rate versus laser energy showed that UV laser ablation on semicrystalline PLLA was more efficient than the visible ablation, i.e., it exhibits higher etch rates over a wide range of pulse energy conditions. These results were interpreted in terms of photo-thermal and photo-chemical response of polymers as a function of material micro-structure and incident laser wavelength. High quality micro-grooves were produced in amorphous PLLA, reveling the potential of ultra-fast laser processing technique in the field of micro-structuring biocompatible and biodegradable polymers for biomedical applications.

  16. Note: Space qualified photon counting detector for laser time transfer with picosecond precision and stability

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    Prochazka, Ivan; Kodet, Jan; Blazej, Josef

    2016-05-01

    The laser time transfer link is under construction for the European Space Agency in the frame of Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space. We have developed and tested the flying unit of the photon counting detector optimized for this space mission. The results are summarized in this Note. An extreme challenge was to build a detector package, which is rugged, small and which provides long term detection delay stability on picosecond level. The device passed successfully all the tests required for space missions on the low Earth orbits. The detector is extremely rugged and compact. Its long term detection delay stability is excellent, it is better than ±1 ps/day, in a sense of time deviation it is better than 0.5 ps for averaging times of 2000 s to several hours. The device is capable to operate in a temperature range of -55 °C up to +60 °C, the change of the detection delay with temperature is +0.5 ps/K. The device is ready for integration into the space structure now.

  17. Patterning of Aluminium thin film on polyethylene terephthalate by multi-beam picosecond laser

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    Jin, Y.; Perrie, W.; Harris, P.; Allegre, O. J.; Abrams, K. J.; Dearden, G.

    2015-11-01

    High speed patterning of a 30 nm thick Aluminium thin film on a flexible Polyethylene Terephthalate substrate was demonstrated with the aid of Computer Generated Holograms (CGH's) applied to a phase only Spatial Light Modulator. Low fluence picosecond laser pulses minimise thermal damage to the sensitive substrate and thus clean, single and multi-beam, front side thin film removal is achieved with good edge quality. Interestingly, rear side ablation shows significant Al film delamination. Measured front and rear side ablation thresholds were Fth=0.20±0.01 J cm-2 and Fth=0.15±0.01 J cm-2 respectively. With laser repetition rate of 200 kHz and 8 diffractive spots, a film removal rate of R>0.5 cm2 s-1 was demonstrated during patterning with a fixed CGH and 5 W average laser power. The effective laser repetition rate was feff~1.3 MHz. The application of 30 stored CGH's switching up to 10 Hz was also synchronised with motion control, allowing dynamic large area multi-beam patterning which however, slows micro-fabrication.

  18. Nano structured physical vapor deposited coatings by means of picosecond laser radiation.

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    Bobzin, K; Bagcivan, N; Ewering, M; Gillner, A; Beckemper, S; Hartmann, C; Theiss, S

    2011-10-01

    Molding of nano structures by injection molding leads to special requirements for the tools e.g., wear resistance and as low as possible release forces of the molded components. On the other hand it is not allowed to affect the replication precision. Physical vapor deposition is one of the promising technologies for applying coatings with adapted properties like high hardness, low roughness, low Young's modulus and less adhesion to the plastics melt. Although physical vapor deposition technology allows the deposition of films on micro structures without changing the structure significantly, film deposition on nano structures and small micro structures leads to a relevant change in surface topography. For this reason direct structuring of physical vapor deposition coatings might be beneficial. In this paper structuring was done using a picoseconds ultraviolet laser, Lumera Laser "Rapid," with a master oscillator power amplifier system at 355 nm. Two different coatings were deposited by magnetron sputter ion plating physical vapor deposition technology for laser structuring tests ((Cr, Al)N, (Cr, Al,Si)N). After deposition, the coatings were analyzed by common techniques regarding hardness, Young's modulus and morphology. The structures were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The results show a high potential for laser structuring of coatings deposited via physical vapor deposition. Linear structures with sizes between 400 nm and 10microm were realized. PMID:22400258

  19. Three-dimensional micro-/nano-structuring via direct write polymerization with picosecond laser pulses.

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    Malinauskas, Mangirdas; Danilevičius, Paulius; Juodkazis, Saulius

    2011-03-14

    We demonstrate capability to structure photo-polymers with sub-wavelength resolution, ∼200-500 nm, and retrieve three-dimensional (3D) structures using a picosecond laser exposure. This alternative to commonly used ultra-short femtosecond lasers extends accessibility of 3D direct write. A popular hybrid sol-gel resist SZ2080 was used for quantitative determination of structuring resolution at 1064 nm and 532 nm wavelengths and for pulses of 8-25 ps duration at the repetition rates of 0.2-1 MHz. Systematic study of feature size dependence of 3D suspended nano-rods shows that linear power dependence of photopolymerization on the dose-per-pulse becomes dominant at higher repetition rates (≥0.5 MHz) while the two-photon nonlinear absorption is still distinguishable at rates lower than 0.2 MHz and shorter pulses (≤8 ps). Thermal accumulation defines polymerization when cooling time of the focal volume is larger than separation between pulses. Photopolymerization and its scaling mechanisms, quality, and fidelity at tight focusing of fs-, ps-, and cw-laser radiation are revealed and explained. 3D scaffolds for biomedicine and microlenses for optical applications are fabricated by the ps-laser direct write. PMID:21445200

  20. Picosecond energy transfer and multiexciton transfer outpaces Auger recombination in binary CdSe nanoplatelet solids

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    Rowland, Clare E.; Fedin, Igor; Zhang, Hui; Gray, Stephen K.; Govorov, Alexander O.; Talapin, Dmitri V.; Schaller, Richard D.

    2015-05-01

    Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) enables photosynthetic light harvesting, wavelength downconversion in light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and optical biosensing schemes. The rate and efficiency of this donor to acceptor transfer of excitation between chromophores dictates the utility of FRET and can unlock new device operation motifs including quantum-funnel solar cells, non-contact chromophore pumping from a proximal LED, and markedly reduced gain thresholds. However, the fastest reported FRET time constants involving spherical quantum dots (0.12-1 ns; refs , , ) do not outpace biexciton Auger recombination (0.01-0.1 ns; ref. ), which impedes multiexciton-driven applications including electrically pumped lasers and carrier-multiplication-enhanced photovoltaics. Few-monolayer-thick semiconductor nanoplatelets (NPLs) with tens-of-nanometre lateral dimensions exhibit intense optical transitions and hundreds-of-picosecond Auger recombination, but heretofore lack FRET characterizations. We examine binary CdSe NPL solids and show that interplate FRET (˜6-23 ps, presumably for co-facial arrangements) can occur 15-50 times faster than Auger recombination and demonstrate multiexcitonic FRET, making such materials ideal candidates for advanced technologies.

  1. Relationship between femtosecond-picosecond dynamics to enzyme catalyzed H-transfer

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    Cheatum, Christopher M.; Kohen, Amnon

    2015-01-01

    At physiological temperatures, enzymes exhibit a broad spectrum of conformations, which interchange via thermally activated dynamics. These conformations are sampled differently in different complexes of the protein and its ligands, and the dynamics of exchange between these conformers depends on the mass of the group that is moving and the length scale of the motion, as well as restrictions imposed by the globular fold of the enzymatic complex. Many of these motions have been examined and their role in the enzyme function illuminated, yet most experimental tools applied so far have identified dynamics at time scales of seconds to nanoseconds, which are much slower than the time scale for H-transfer between two heavy atoms. This chemical conversion and other processes involving cleavage of covalent bonds occur on picosecond to femtosecond time scales, where slower processes mask both the kinetics and dynamics. Here we present a combination of kinetic and spectroscopic methods that may enable closer examination of the relationship between enzymatic C-H→C transfer and the dynamics of the active site environment at the chemically relevant time scale. These methods include kinetic isotope effects and their temperature dependence, which are used to study the kinetic nature of the H-transfer, and 2D IR spectroscopy, which is used to study the dynamics of transition-state- and ground-state-analog complexes. The combination of these tools is likely to provide a new approach to examine the protein dynamics that directly influence the chemical conversion catalyzed by enzymes. PMID:23539379

  2. Generation of solid-density ultraintense ion beams by a picosecond laser pulse of circular polarization.

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    Jablonski, S; Badziak, J

    2012-02-01

    This contribution reports particle-in-cell numerical studies of deuteron beam acceleration by a picosecond laser pulse of circular polarization. The effect of laser wavelength λ and the I(L)λ(2) product (I(L) is laser intensity) on the ion beam parameters is investigated. It is shown that at the I(L)λ(2) product fixed, the beam parameters (, I(i), F(i)) as well as the laser-ions energy conversion efficiency quickly increase with a decrease in the laser wavelength and the best results are achieved for a KrF laser (λ = 0.248 μm). In particular, a 2-ps KrF laser pulse of I(L)λ(2) ∼ 2 × 10(20) Wcm(-2) μm(2) interacting with a 10-μm deuteron target produces a quasi-monoenergetic, solid-density deuteron beam of parameters approaching those required for inertial confinement fusion fast ignition. PMID:22380262

  3. Simultaneous observation of ultrafast structural dynamics and transient electrical field by picosecond electron pulses

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    Li, Run-Ze; Zhu, Pengfei; Chen, Long; Chen, Jie; Cao, Jianming; Sheng, Zheng-Ming; Zhang, Jie

    2014-03-01

    Ultrafast electron diffraction and microscopy are very promising methods to study transient structural dynamics with atomic spatial-temporal resolution. However, in these laser-pump electron-probe studies of structural dynamics, a transient electric field induced by laser excitation of the sample could deflect probing electrons, which may eventually leads to a misinterpretation of the diffraction data. Here, picosecond structural dynamics and transient surface electric field evolution, excited by femtosecond laser interaction with a metallic thin film, have been observed simultaneously in real time by ultrashort electron pulses in a transmission configuration. By tracing time dependent changes of electron diffraction and deflection angles, these two processes are found to be significantly different and distinguishable in their temporal behavior. This observation provides an effective approach to extract the otherwise obscured ultrafast structural dynamics and may help to improve the spatiotemporal resolution in ultrafast electron diffraction and microscopy studies. This work was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

  4. Photooxidation and photoaquation of iron hexacyanide in aqueous solution: A picosecond X-ray absorption study.

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    Reinhard, M; Penfold, T J; Lima, F A; Rittmann, J; Rittmann-Frank, M H; Abela, R; Tavernelli, I; Rothlisberger, U; Milne, C J; Chergui, M

    2014-03-01

    We present a picosecond Fe K-edge absorption study of photoexcited ferrous and ferric hexacyanide in water under 355 and 266 nm excitation. Following 355 nm excitation, the transient spectra for the ferrous and ferric complexes exhibit a red shift of the edge reflecting an increased electron density at the Fe atom. For the former, an enhanced pre-edge transition is also observed. These observations are attributed to the aquated [Fe(CN)5OH2](3-) species, based on quantum chemical calculations which also provide structural parameters. Upon 266 nm excitation of the ferric complex, a transient reminiscent of the aquated species is observed (appearance of a pre-edge feature and red shift of the edge) but it is different from that obtained under 355 nm excitation. This points to a new reaction channel occurring through an intermediate state lying between these two excitation energies. Finally, 266 nm excitation of the ferrous species is dominated by the photooxidation channel with formation of the ferric complex as main photoproduct. However, we observe an additional minor photoproduct, which is identical to the 266 nm generated photoproduct of the ferric species, suggesting that under our experimental conditions, the pump pulse photooxidises the ferrous complex and re-excites the primary ferric photoproduct. PMID:26798775

  5. Picosecond strain pulses generated by a supersonically expanding electron-hole plasma in GaAs

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    Young, E. S. K.; Akimov, A. V.; Campion, R. P.; Kent, A. J.; Gusev, V.

    2012-10-01

    Strain pulses with picosecond duration are generated directly in GaAs by optical excitation from a femtosecond laser. The photons are absorbed in a 15-nm layer near the surface, creating the electron-hole plasma, which diffusively expands into the bulk of the GaAs. At an early time, the drift velocity of the expanding plasma exceeds the speed of longitudinal sound, and the generated strain pulses cannot escape the plasma cloud. Such supersonic generation of strain pulses results in specific temporal and spatial shapes of the generated strain pulses, where the compression part has a much lower amplitude than the tensile part. This phenomenon is studied experimentally at low temperatures and analyzed theoretically based on the wave and diffusion equations for strain and plasma density, respectively. Two mechanisms, deformation potential and thermoelasticity, are responsible for the experimental observations. The relative contributions from these mechanisms are governed by the nonradiative recombination rate in the plasma and depend on the optical excitation density, inducing such nonlinear optoacoustic effects as shortening of the leading strain front and a superlinear/quadratic increase in its amplitude with the rise of pump laser fluence.

  6. Fiber-Based, Spatially and Temporally Shaped Picosecond UV Laser for Advanced RF Gun Applications

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    Shverdin, M Y; Anderson, S G; Betts, S M; Gibson, D J; Hartemann, F V; Hernandez, J E; Johnson, M; Jovanovic, I; Messerly, M; Pruet, J; Tremaine, A M; McNabb, D P; Siders, C W; Barty, C J

    2007-06-08

    The fiber-based, spatially and temporally shaped, picosecond UV laser system described here has been specifically designed for advanced rf gun applications, with a special emphasis on the production of high-brightness electron beams for free-electron lasers and Compton scattering light sources. The laser pulse can be shaped to a flat-top in both space and time with a duration of 10 ps at full width of half-maximum (FWHM) and rise and fall times under 1 ps. The expected pulse energy is 50 {micro}J at 261.75 nm and the spot size diameter of the beam at the photocathode is 2 mm. A fiber oscillator and amplifier system generates a chirped pump pulse at 1047 nm; stretching is achieved in a chirped fiber Bragg grating. A single multi-layer dielectric grating based compressor recompresses the input pulse to 250 fs FWHM and a two stage harmonic converter frequency quadruples the beam. Temporal shaping is achieved with a Michelson-based ultrafast pulse stacking device with nearly 100% throughput. Spatial shaping is achieved by truncating the beam at the 20% energy level with an iris and relay-imaging the resulting beam profile onto the photocathode. The integration of the system, as well as preliminary laser measurements will be presented.

  7. High-energy, kHz, picosecond hybrid Yb-doped chirped-pulse amplifier.

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    Chang, Chun-Lin; Krogen, Peter; Hong, Kyung-Han; Zapata, Luis E; Moses, Jeffrey; Calendron, Anne-Laure; Liang, Houkun; Lai, Chien-Jen; Stein, Gregory J; Keathley, Phillip D; Laurent, Guillaume; Kärtner, Franz X

    2015-04-20

    We report on a diode-pumped, hybrid Yb-doped chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) laser system with a compact pulse stretcher and compressor, consisting of Yb-doped fiber preamplifiers, a room-temperature Yb:KYW regenerative amplifier (RGA), and cryogenic Yb:YAG multi-pass amplifiers. The RGA provides a relatively broad amplification bandwidth and thereby a long pulse duration to mitigate B-integral in the CPA chain. The ~1030-nm laser pulses are amplified up to 70 mJ at 1-kHz repetition rate, currently limited by available optics apertures, and then compressed to ~6 ps with high efficiency. The near-diffraction-limited beam focusing quality is demonstrated with M(x)(2) = 1.1 and M(y)(2) = 1.2. The shot-to-shot energy fluctuation is as low as ~1% (rms), and the long-term energy drift and beam pointing stability for over 8 hours measurement are ~3.5% and <6 μrad (rms), respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this hybrid laser system produces the most energetic picosecond pulses at kHz repetition rates among rod-type laser amplifiers. With an optically synchronized Ti:sapphire seed laser, it provides a versatile platform optimized for pumping optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification systems as well as driving inverse Compton scattered X-rays. PMID:25969056

  8. Picosecond and steady state, variable intensity and variable temperature emission spectroscopy of bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Shapiro, S L; Campillo, A J; Lewis, A; Perreault, G J; Spoonhower, J P; Clayton, R K; Stoeckenius, W

    1978-01-01

    The bacteriorhodopsin emission lifetime at 77 degrees K has been obtained for different regions of the emission spectrum with single-pulse excitation. The data under all conditions yield a lifetime of 60 +/- 15 ps. Intensity effects on this lifetime have been ruled out by studying the relative emission amplitude as a function of the excitation pulse energy. We relate our lifetime to previously reported values at other temperatures by studying the relative emission quantum efficiency as a function of temperature. These variable temperature studies have indicated that an excited state with an emission maximum at 670 nm begins to contribute to the spectrum as the temperature is lowered. Within our experimental error the picosecond data seem to suggest that this new emission may arise from a minimum of the same electronic state responsible for the 77 degrees K emission at 720 nm. A correlation is noted between a 1.0-ps formation time observed in absorption by Ippen et al. (Ippen, E.P., C.V. Shank, A. Lewis, and M.A. Marcus. 1978. Subpicosecond spectroscopy of bacteriorhodopsin. Science [wash. D.C.]. 200:1279-1281 and a time extrapolated from relative quantum efficiency measurements and the 77 degrees K fluorescence lifetime that we report. Images FIGURE 3 PMID:698343

  9. Transient picosecond studies of singlet fission in PDTP-DFBT low band gap polymer

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    Huynh, Uyen; Vardeny, Valy; Li, Gang; Yang, Yang

    2014-03-01

    We measured picoseconds transient mid-IR photoinduced absorption (PA) spectra in PDTP-DFBT low band-gap polymer. With 800 nm pumping the PA spectrum at t =0 in pristine film and isolated polymer chain in polystyrene shows two prominent PA bands: PA1 at 0.4eV and Pa2 at 0.8eV. PA1 is assigned to absorption from singlet excitons (transition from 1Bu to mAg) , whereas PA2 is due to a state of triplet-pair, which is formed via singlet fission in the sub-ps time domain. We found that PA2 lifetime strongly depends on the excitation intensity, showing non linear recombination process in both pristine film and in polystyrene. We also found that the triplet-pair recombines with no trace of fusion back to the singlet exciton; we thus conclude that singlet fission is an exothermic process in this polymer. We therefore do not find any magnetic field effect on the transient dynamics of the triplet-pair within our experimental sensitivity (0.2%). Supported by DOE and NSF-MRSEC.

  10. Picosecond LIBS diagnostics for Tokamak in situ plasma facing materials chemical analysis

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    Morel, Vincent; Pérès, Bastien; Bultel, Arnaud; Hideur, Ammar; Grisolia, Christian

    2016-02-01

    First results are presented in relation with experimental and theoretical studies performed at the CORIA laboratory in the general framework of the determination of the chemical analysis of Tokamak plasma facing materials by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) in picosecond regime. Experiments are performed on W in a specific chamber. This chamber is equipped with a UV-visible-near IR spectroscopic device. Boltzmann plots are derived for typical laser characteristics. We show that the initial excitation temperature is close to 12 000 K followed by a quasi steady value close to 8500 K. The ECHREM (Euler code for CHemically REactive Multicomponent laser-induced plasmas) code is developed to reproduce the laser-induced plasmas. This code is based on the implementation of a Collisional-Radiative model in which the different excited states are considered as full species. This state-to-state approach is relevant to theoretically assess the departure from excitation and chemical equilibrium. Tested on aluminum, the model shows that the plasma remains close to excitation equilibrium.

  11. Assessing charge carrier trapping in silicon nanowires using picosecond conductivity measurements.

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    Ulbricht, Ronald; Kurstjens, Rufi; Bonn, Mischa

    2012-07-11

    Free-standing semiconductor nanowires on bulk substrates are increasingly being explored as building blocks for novel optoelectronic devices such as tandem solar cells. Although carrier transport properties, such as mobility and trap densities, are essential for such applications, it has remained challenging to quantify these properties. Here, we report on a method that permits the direct, contact-free quantification of nanowire carrier diffusivity and trap densities in thin (∼25 nm wide) silicon nanowires-without any additional processing steps such as transfer of wires onto a substrate. The approach relies on the very different terahertz (THz) conductivity response of photoinjected carriers within the silicon nanowires from those in the silicon substrate. This allows quantifying both the picosecond dynamics and the efficiency of charge carrier transport from the silicon nanowires into the silicon substrate. Varying the excitation density allows for quantification of nanowire trap densities: for sufficiently low excitation fluences the diffusion process stalls because the majority of charge carriers become trapped at nanowire surface defects. Using a model that includes these effects, we determine both the diffusion constant and the nanowire trap density. The trap density is found to be orders of magnitude larger than the charge carrier density that would be generated by AM1.5 sunlight. PMID:22738182

  12. Picosecond ballistic imaging of diesel injection in high-temperature and high-pressure air

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    Duran, Sean P.; Porter, Jason M.; Parker, Terence E.

    2015-04-01

    The first successful demonstration of picosecond ballistic imaging using a 15-ps-pulse-duration laser in diesel sprays at temperature and pressure is reported. This technique uses an optical Kerr effect shutter constructed from a CS2 liquid cell and a 15-ps pulse at 532 nm. The optical shutter can be adjusted to produce effective imaging pulses between 7 and 16 ps. This technique is used to image the near-orifice region (first 3 mm) of diesel sprays from a high-pressure single-hole fuel injector. Ballistic imaging of dodecane and methyl oleate sprays injected into ambient air and diesel injection at preignition engine-like conditions are reported. Dodecane was injected into air heated to 600 °C and pressurized to 20 atm. The resulting images of the near-orifice region at these conditions reveal dramatic shedding of the liquid near the nozzle, an effect that has been predicted, but to our knowledge never before imaged. These shedding structures have an approximate spatial frequency of 10 mm-1 with lengths from 50 to 200 μm. Several parameters are explored including injection pressure, liquid fuel temperature, air temperature and pressure, and fuel type. Resulting trends are summarized with accompanying images.

  13. Generation of solid-density ultraintense ion beams by a picosecond laser pulse of circular polarization

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    Jablonski, S.; Badziak, J.

    2012-02-15

    This contribution reports particle-in-cell numerical studies of deuteron beam acceleration by a picosecond laser pulse of circular polarization. The effect of laser wavelength {lambda} and the I{sub L}{lambda}{sup 2} product (I{sub L} is laser intensity) on the ion beam parameters is investigated. It is shown that at the I{sub L}{lambda}{sup 2} product fixed, the beam parameters (, I{sub i}, F{sub i}) as well as the laser-ions energy conversion efficiency quickly increase with a decrease in the laser wavelength and the best results are achieved for a KrF laser ({lambda}= 0.248 {mu}m). In particular, a 2-ps KrF laser pulse of I{sub L}{lambda}{sup 2}{approx} 2 x 10{sup 20} Wcm{sup -2} {mu}m{sup 2} interacting with a 10-{mu}m deuteron target produces a quasi-monoenergetic, solid-density deuteron beam of parameters approaching those required for inertial confinement fusion fast ignition.

  14. Development of large area, pico-second resolution photo-detectors and associated readout electronics

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    Grabas, H.; Oberla, E.; Attenkoffer, K.; Bogdan, M.; Frisch, H. J.; Genat, J. F.; May, E. N.; Varner, G. S.; Wetstein, M.

    2011-07-01

    The Large Area Pico-second Photo-detectors described in this contribution incorporate a photo-cathode and a borosilicate glass capillary Micro-Channel Plate (MCP) pair functionalized by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of separate resistive and electron secondary emitters materials. They may be used for biomedical imaging purposes, a remarkable opportunity to apply technologies developed in HEP having the potential to make major advances in the medical world, in particular for Positron Emission Tomography (PET). If daisy-chained and coupled to fast transmission lines read at both ends, they could be implemented in very large dimensions. Initial testing with matched pairs of small glass capillary test has demonstrated gains of the order of 105 to 106. Compared to other fast imaging devices, these photo-detectors are expected to provide timing resolutions in the 10-100 ps range, and two-dimension position in the sub-millimeter range. A 6-channel readout ASIC has been designed in 130 nm CMOS technology and tested. As a result, fast analog sampling up to 17 GS/s has been obtained, the intrinsic analog bandwidth being presently under evaluation. The digitization in parallel of several cells in two microseconds allows getting off-chip digital data read at a maximum rate of 40 MHz. Digital Signal Processing of the sampled waveforms is expected achieving the timing and space resolutions obtained with digital oscilloscopes. (authors)

  15. Ultrafast high-repetition imaging of fuel sprays using picosecond fiber laser.

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    Purwar, Harsh; Wang, Hongjie; Tang, Mincheng; Idlahcen, Saïd; Rozé, Claude; Blaisot, Jean-Bernard; Godin, Thomas; Hideur, Ammar

    2015-12-28

    Modern diesel injectors operate at very high injection pressures of about 2000 bar resulting in injection velocities as high as 700 m/s near the nozzle outlet. In order to better predict the behavior of the atomization process at such high pressures, high-resolution spray images at high repetition rates must be recorded. However, due to extremely high velocity in the near-nozzle region, high-speed cameras fail to avoid blurring of the structures in the spray images due to their exposure time. Ultrafast imaging featuring ultra-short laser pulses to freeze the motion of the spray appears as an well suited solution to overcome this limitation. However, most commercial high-energy ultrafast sources are limited to a few kHz repetition rates. In the present work, we report the development of a custom-designed picosecond fiber laser generating ∼ 20 ps pulses with an average power of 2.5 W at a repetition rate of 8.2 MHz, suitable for high-speed imaging of high-pressure fuel jets. This fiber source has been proof tested by obtaining backlight images of diesel sprays issued from a single-orifice injector at an injection pressure of 300 bar. We observed a consequent improvement in terms of image resolution compared to standard white-light illumination. In addition, the compactness and stability against perturbations of our fiber laser system makes it particularly suitable for harsh experimental conditions. PMID:26832004

  16. Hybrid optical (freeform) components--functionalization of nonplanar optical surfaces by direct picosecond laser ablation.

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    Kleindienst, Roman; Kampmann, Ronald; Stoebenau, Sebastian; Sinzinger, Stefan

    2011-07-01

    The performance of optical systems is typically improved by increasing the number of conventionally fabricated optical components (spheres, aspheres, and gratings). This approach is automatically connected to a system enlargement, as well as potentially higher assembly and maintenance costs. Hybrid optical freeform components can help to overcome this trade-off. They merge several optical functions within fewer but more complex optical surfaces, e.g., elements comprising shallow refractive/reflective and high-frequency diffractive structures. However, providing the flexibility and precision essential for their realization is one of the major challenges in the field of optical component fabrication. In this article we present tailored integrated machining techniques suitable for rapid prototyping as well as the fabrication of molding tools for low-cost mass replication of hybrid optical freeform components. To produce the different feature sizes with optical surface quality, we successively combine mechanical machining modes (ultraprecision micromilling and fly cutting) with precisely aligned direct picosecond laser ablation in an integrated fabrication approach. The fabrication accuracy and surface quality achieved by our integrated fabrication approach are demonstrated with profilometric measurements and experimental investigations of the optical performance. PMID:21743521

  17. The Boersch effect in a picosecond pulsed electron beam emitted from a semiconductor photocathode

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    Kuwahara, Makoto; Nambo, Yoshito; Aoki, Kota; Sameshima, Kensuke; Jin, Xiuguang; Ujihara, Toru; Asano, Hidefumi; Saitoh, Koh; Takeda, Yoshikazu; Tanaka, Nobuo

    2016-07-01

    The space charge effect has been clearly observed in the energy distributions of picosecond pulse beams from a spin-polarized electron microscope, and was found to depend upon the quantity of charge per pulse. The non-linear phenomena associated with this effect have also been replicated in beam simulations that take into account of a three-dimensional space charge. The results show that a charge of 500 aC/pulse provides the highest brightness with a 16-ps pulse duration, a 30-keV beam energy, and an emission spot of 1.8 μm. Furthermore, the degeneracy of the wave packet of the pulsed electron beam has been evaluated to be 1.6 × 10-5 with a charge of 100 aC/pulse, which is higher than that for a continuously emitted electron beam despite the low beam energy of 30 keV. The high degeneracy and high brightness contribute to the realization of high temporal and energy resolutions in low-voltage electron microscopy, which will serve to reduce radiolysis damage and enhance scattering contrast.

  18. Medical diagnosis and remote sensing at fiber-tip: picosecond resolved FRET sensor

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    Polley, Nabarun; Pal, Samir Kumar

    2016-03-01

    Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) strategy in popular in fiber-optic sensing. However, the steady state emission quenching of the donor is inadequate to conclude FRET. The resonance type energy transfer from one molecule (donor) to other (acceptor) should meet few key properties including donor to acceptor energy migration in non-radiative way. In the present study, we have coupled the evanescent field of an optical fiber to the covalently attached donor (dansyl) molecules at the fiber tip. By using picosecond resolved time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) we have demonstrated that dansyl at the fiber tip transfers energy to a well known DNA-intercalating dye ethidium. Our ultrafast detection scheme selectively distinguishes the probe (dansyl) emission from the intrinsic emission of the fiber. We have also used the setup for the remote sensing of the dielectric constant (polarity) of an environment. We have finally implemented the detection mechanism to detect an industrial synthetic dye methylene blue (MB) in water.

  19. Note: Space qualified photon counting detector for laser time transfer with picosecond precision and stability.

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    Prochazka, Ivan; Kodet, Jan; Blazej, Josef

    2016-05-01

    The laser time transfer link is under construction for the European Space Agency in the frame of Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space. We have developed and tested the flying unit of the photon counting detector optimized for this space mission. The results are summarized in this Note. An extreme challenge was to build a detector package, which is rugged, small and which provides long term detection delay stability on picosecond level. The device passed successfully all the tests required for space missions on the low Earth orbits. The detector is extremely rugged and compact. Its long term detection delay stability is excellent, it is better than ±1 ps/day, in a sense of time deviation it is better than 0.5 ps for averaging times of 2000 s to several hours. The device is capable to operate in a temperature range of -55 °C up to +60 °C, the change of the detection delay with temperature is +0.5 ps/K. The device is ready for integration into the space structure now. PMID:27250477

  20. High-precision micro-through-hole array in quartz glass machined by infrared picosecond laser

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    Ji, Lingfei; Hu, Yan; Li, Jian; Wang, Wenhao; Jiang, Yijian

    2015-11-01

    Circle and triangle micro-through-hole arrays without cracks, chips, and debris were machined in 0.3-mm-thick quartz glass by picosecond laser (wavelength = 1064 nm, pulse width ~12 ps) in air ambient. The diameter of each circle through-hole was 550 μm, and the side length of each triangle hole is 500 μm; 30 μm spacing between the adjacent hole edges and the smooth machined surface with R a = 0.8 μm roughness depicted the high precision of the high-density micro-through-hole arrays. The fundamental properties of the ps laser processing of quartz glass were investigated. The laser ablation threshold fluence of the quartz glass was determined as 3.49 J/cm2. Based on the fundamental investigation, a quantitative design of the cutting path for micro-machining of the through-holes with various geometries in quartz glass was developed. The work presents a more practical ps laser micro-machining technique for micro-through-hole arrays in glass-like materials for industrial application due to the precise quality, flexibility in geometries, ease of manipulation, and large-scale application.

  1. Picosecond spectroscopic studies of energy transfer in phycobiliproteins and model dye systems

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    Switalski, S.C.

    1987-02-01

    Energy transfer was investigated in the ..cap alpha beta.. monomer and separated ..cap alpha.. and ..beta.. subunits of C-phycocyanin from Anabaena variabilis and Anacystis nidulans, using steady-state and picosecond spectroscopy. Fluorescence excitation polarization spectra were consistent with a sensitizing (s) - fluorescing (f) model using a Forster energy transfer mechanism. The rise in polarization across the absorption band towards longer wavelength for the ..beta.. subunit and the ..cap alpha beta.. monomer was attributed to energy transfer among the three chromophores in the ..cap alpha beta.. monomer and between the 2 chromophores in the ..beta.. subunit. The constant polarization of the ..cap alpha.. subunit, with one chromophore, is consistent with a lack of any possibility of energy transfer. Fluorescence emission maxima were at 640 nm for the ..cap alpha beta.. monomer and the separated subunits of Anabaena variabilis, and 645 nm for the ..beta.. subunit, 640 nm for the ..cap alpha.. subunit, and 644 nm for ..cap alpha beta.. monomer of Anacystis nidulans. We have shown that the labels s and f are not consistent with all the steady-state spectroscopic results. 171 refs., 32 figs., 15 tabs.

  2. Stripline Transversal Filter Techniques for Sub-picosecond Bunch Timing Measurements

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    Fox, John D.; Mastorides, Themis; Rivetta, Claudio Hector; Winkle, Daniel Van

    2007-07-06

    Measurement of time of arrival of a particle bunch is a fundamental beam diagnostic. The PEP-II/ALS/BESSY/PLS longitudinal feedback systems use a planar stripline circuit to convert a 30 ps beam BPM impulse signal into a 4 cycle tone burst at the 6th harmonic of the accelerator RF frequency (2.856 GHz). A phase-detection technique is used to measure the arrival time of these BPM impulses with 200 fs rms single-shot resolution (out of a 330 ps dynamic range). Scaled in frequency, this approach is directly applicable to FEL and other sub-ps regime pulse and timing measurements. The transversal circuit structure is applicable to measurement of microbunches or closely spaced bunches (the PEP-II/ALS/BESSY/PLS examples make independent measurements at 2 ns bunch spacing) and opens up some new diagnostic and control possibilities. This paper reviews the principles of the technique, and uses data from PEP-II operations to predict the limits of performance of this measurement scheme for arrival phase measurement. These predictions are compared with results in the literature from electro-optic sub-picosecond beam timing and phasing diagnostics.

  3. Nonresonant four-wave mixing in photorefractive CdTe crystals using a picosecond parametric generator

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    JarašiÅ«nas, Kestutis; Gudelis, Vytautas; Delaye, Philippe; Roosen, Gerald

    1998-11-01

    We demonstrate that a parametrically pumped picosecond laser has enough coherence and energy to write transient phase gratings at nonresonant interaction, thus allowing a study of time-resolved carrier transport in CdTe crystals to be made. Autocorrelation trace of light diffraction efficiency on transient grating allowed us to measure a coherence length of the parametric generator. Carrier diffusion, recombination, and drift in light-created internal space-charge (SC) electric fields have been studied in vanadium or germanium doped semi-insulating CdTe crystals by nonresonant four-wave mixing technique at 940 nm wavelength. It was found that modification of the deep level charge state in CdTe:V by As codoping has changed the sign of majority carriers, responsible for the creation of SC field. Dynamics of free carrier grating decay in CdTe:Ge revealed an electron-governed very fast initial grating decay which develops with time into the double-exponential hole-governed grating decay. Time-resolved transient grating technique described in this article provides a powerful tool for investigation of the role of deep traps in photorefractive semiconductors and optimization of their photoelectric properties in a required temporal and spectral range.

  4. Sound velocity of iron up to 152 GPa by picosecond acoustics in diamond anvil cell

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    Decremps, F.; Antonangeli, D.; Gauthier, M.; Ayrinhac, S.; Morand, M.; Marchand, G. Le; Bergame, F.; Philippe, J.

    2014-03-01

    High-pressure method combining diamond anvil cell with picosecond ultrasonics technique is demonstrated to be a very suitable tool to measure the acoustic properties of iron up to 152 GPa. Such innovative approach allows to measure directly the longitudinal sound velocity under pressure of hundreds of GPa in laboratory, overcoming most of the drawbacks of traditional techniques. The very high accuracy, comparable to piezoacoustics technique, allows to observe the kink in elastic properties at the body-centered cubic-hexagonal close packed transition and to show with a good confidence that the Birch's law still stands up to 1.5 Mbar and ambient temperature. The linear extrapolation of the measured sound velocities versus densities of hcp iron is out of the preliminary reference Earth model, arguing for alloying effects or anharmonic high-temperature effects. A comparison between our measurements and shock wave experiments allowed us to quantify temperature corrections at constant pressure in ~-0.35 and ~-0.30 m s-1/K at 100 and 150 GPa, respectively. More in general, the here-presented technique allows detailed elastic and viscoelastic studies under extreme thermodynamic conditions on a wide variety of systems as liquids, crystalline, or polycrystalline solids, metallic or not, with very broad applications in Earth and planetary science.

  5. Diagnosis of NMOS DRAM functional performance as affected by a picosecond dye laser

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    Kim, Q.; Schwartz, H. R.; Edmonds, L. D.; Zoutendyk, J. A.

    1992-01-01

    A picosec pulsed dye laser beam was at selected wavelengths successfully used to simulate heavy-ion single-event effects (SEEs) in negative channel NMOS DRAMs. A DRAM was used to develop the test technique because bit-mapping capability and previous heavy-ion upset data were available. The present analysis is the first to establish such a correlation between laser and heavy-ion data for devices, such as the NMOS DRAM, where charge collection is dominated by long-range diffusion, which is controlled by carrier density at remote distances from a depletion region. In the latter case, penetration depth is an important parameter and is included in the present analysis. A single-pulse picosecond dye laser beam (1.5 microns diameter) focused onto a single cell component can upset a single memory cell; clusters of memory cell upsets (multiple errors) were observed when the laser energy was increased above the threshold energy. The multiple errors were analyzed as a function of the bias voltage and total energy of a single pulse. A diffusion model to distinguish the multiple upsets from the laser-induced charge agreed well with previously reported heavy ion data.

  6. Note: Optical trigger device with sub-picosecond timing jitter and stability

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    Kodet, Jan; Prochazka, Ivan

    2012-03-01

    We are presenting the design, construction, and overall performance of the optical trigger device. This device generates an electrical signal synchronously to the detected ultra-short optical pulse. The device was designed for application in satellite laser ranging and laser time transfer experiments, time correlated photon counting and similar experiments, where picosecond timing resolution and detection delay stability are required. It consists of the ultrafast optical detector, signal discriminator, output pulse forming circuit, and output driver circuits. It was constructed as a single compact device to optimize their matching and maintain stability. The detector consists of an avalanche photodiode--both silicon and germanium types may be used to cover the wavelength range of 350-1550 nm. The analogue signal of this photodiode is sensed by the ultrafast comparator with 8 GHz bandwidth. The ps clock distribution circuit is used to generate the fast rise/fall time output pulses of pre-set length. The trigger device timing performance is excellent: the random component of the timing jitter is typically 880 fs, the temperature dependence of the detection delay was measured to be 370 fs/K. The systematic error contribution depends on the laser used and its stability. The sub-ps values have been obtained for various laser sources.

  7. Direct amplification of picosecond pulses in F{sub 2}{sup -} : LiF crystals

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    Basiev, Tasoltan T; Garnov, Sergei V; Vovchenko, V I; Karasik, Aleksandr Ya; Klimentov, Sergei M; Konyushkin, V A; Kravtsov, S B; Malyutin, A A; Papashvili, A G; Pivovarov, Pavel A; Chunaev, D S E-mail: garnov@kapella.gpi.r E-mail: karasik@lst.gpi.r E-mail: vasil@lst.gpi.r E-mail: amal@kapella.gpi.r E-mail: pablo@kapella.gpi.r

    2006-07-31

    An amplifier of picosecond pulses with an output power up to 10{sup 10} W and an energy up to 30 mJ at 1180 nm is developed on the basis of F{sub 2}{sup -} : LiF colour-center crystals. A 3-5-ps, 0.03-mJ probe pulse at 1.18{mu}m was obtained upon intracavity SRS conversion in a passively mode-locked Nd{sup 3+} : KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} laser. The F{sub 2}{sup -} : LiF crystals were pumped by 1053-nm nanosecond pulses from a Nd : YLF laser, amplified in a GLS-22 phosphate glass to an energy of 5 J. The probe SRS pulses were amplified in a four-crystal two-cascade amplifier based on F{sub 2}{sup -} : LiF crystals with the total length of the active medium of 360 mm, by using counterpropagating pump beams. The dependences of the output radiation energy on the pump and input signal energies are measured. (special issue devoted to the 90th anniversary of a.m. prokhorov)

  8. Damage morphology and mechanism in ablation cutting of thin glass sheets with picosecond pulsed lasers

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    Sun, Mingying; Eppelt, Urs; Hartmann, Claudia; Schulz, Wolfgang; Zhu, Jianqiang; Lin, Zunqi

    2016-06-01

    We experimentally investigated the morphology and mechanism of laser-induced damage in the ablation cutting of thin glass sheets with picosecond pulsed lasers and we compared the experimental results to our models. After several passes of laser ablation, we observed two different kinds of damage morphologies on the cross-section of the cut channel. They are distinguished to be the damage region caused by high-density free-electrons and the heat-affected zone due to the heat accumulation, respectively. Furthermore, micro-cracks can be observed on the top surface of the workpiece near the cut edge. The nano-cracks could be generated by high energy free-electrons but opened and developed to be visible micro-cracks by thermal stress generated in the heat-affected zone. The crack length was proportional to the volume of heat-affected zone. Heat-affected-zone and visible-cracks free conditions of glass cutting were achieved by controlling the repetition rate and spatial overlap of laser pulses.

  9. Laser-induced reactions in a deep UV resist system: Studied with picosecond infrared spectroscopy

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    Lippert, T.; Koskelo, A.; Stoutland, P.O.

    1995-12-31

    One of the most technologically important uses of organic photochemistry is in the imaging industry where radiation-sensitive organic monomers and polymers are used in photoresists. A widely-used class of compounds for imaging applications are diazoketones; these compounds undergo a photoinduced Wolff rearrangement to form a ketene intermediate which subsequently hydrolyses to a base-soluble, carboxylic acid. Another use of organic molecules in polymer matrices is for dopant induced ablation of polymers. As part of a program to develop diagnostics for laser driven reactions in polymer matrices, we have investigated the photoinduced decomposition of 5-diazo-2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxane-4,6-dione (5-diazo Meldrum`s acid, DM) in a PMMA matrix using picosecond infrared spectroscopy. In particular, irradiation of DM with a 60 ps 266 nm laser pulse results in immediate bleaching of the diazo infrared band ({nu} = 2172 cm{sup -1}). Similarly, a new band appears within our instrument response at 2161 cm{sup -1} (FWHM = 29 cm{sup -1}) and is stable to greater than 6 ns.; we assign this band to the ketene photoproduct of the Wolff rearrangement. Using deconvolution techniques we estimate a limit for its rate of formation of {tau} < 20 ps. The linear dependence of the absorbance change with the pump power (266 nm) even above the threshold of ablation suggest that material ejection take place after 6ns.

  10. Narrow linewidth picosecond UV pulsed laser with mega-watt peak power.

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    Huang, Chunning; Deibele, Craig; Liu, Yun

    2013-04-01

    We demonstrate a master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) burst mode laser system that generates 66 ps/402.5 MHz pulses with mega-watt peak power at 355 nm. The seed laser consists of a single frequency fiber laser (linewidth < 5 KHz), a high bandwidth electro-optic modulator (EOM), a picosecond pulse generator, and a fiber based preamplifier. A very high extinction ratio (45 dB) has been achieved by using an adaptive bias control of the EOM. The multi-stage Nd:YAG amplifier system allows a uniformly temporal shaping of the macropulse with a tunable pulse duration. The light output from the amplifier is converted to 355 nm, and over 1 MW peak power is obtained when the laser is operating in a 5-μs/10-Hz macropulse mode. The laser output has a transform-limited spectrum with a very narrow linewidth of individual longitudinal modes. The immediate application of the laser system is the laser-assisted hydrogen ion beam stripping for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). PMID:23572001

  11. [Study of cancer cells fluorescence lifetime based on picosecond time resolution].

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    Chen, Bi-Fang; Liu, Tian-Fu

    2006-08-01

    The object of the present study was the ultrafast photodynamic processes of hematoporphyrin derivative (HPD) for diagnosis and therapy of cancer. Time-resolved fluorescence spectra of cancerous and normal cells were measured using an ultrashort pulse laser spectral technique and picosecond time-correlated single-photon counting system. The fast part of cancerous and normal cells fluorescence decay was approximately 150 and 300 ps, the fluorescence peak intensity of cancerous and normal cells decayed about 10% and 55% in 12 hour, the lifetime of cancerous and normal cells was about 824 and 1 798 ps by calculating date of fluorescence decay, and HPD stay time was about 17 and 6 days in the cancerous and normal cells sample respectively. The data show that cancerous cells were greatly intimate with HPD. The results obtained can be used as an important basis for the diagnosis of cancer based on ultrashort pulse laser spectral technique. The results will contribute to feebleness ultrafast fluorescence of biology sample for real time measurement. PMID:17058959

  12. Industrial applications of a fiber-based high-average-power picosecond laser

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    Moorhouse, Colin

    2009-02-01

    Presently lasers are well established tools for materials processing due to advantages such as (i) the non-contact nature of the laser-material interaction, (ii) the high precision achievable and (iii) no requirement for high vacuum equipment or costly chemicals. Now, industrial laser users demand improvements in order to achieve higher quality features with reduced heat affected zones and so it is increasingly necessary to use shorter pulse durations. To satisfy these needs, there has been significant research into ultrafast laser technology for decades, however at this time, these lasers have yet to be adopted by industry for mass production. Recent developments have shown that the combination of a fibre seed oscillator and Diode Pumped Solid State (DPSS) amplifying technology can offer high average power, picosecond pulses (~10ps) in an industrially-rugged package. The significant laser design aspects are outlined here, along with the advantages this technology offers for applications such as silicon via drilling, thin film patterning and the machining of wide bandgap materials.

  13. Picosecond pulsed electric fields induce apoptosis in a cervical cancer xenograft.

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    Jia, Jia; Xiong, Zheng-Ai; Qin, Qin; Yao, Chen-Guo; Zhao, Xiao-Zhen

    2015-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of picosecond pulsed electric fields (psPEF) on a cervical cancer xenograft. Human cervical cancer xenografts were established in nude mice by transplantation of HeLa cells, and the tumors were then treated with psPEF. The histological changes were observed by hematoxylin‑eosin staining and transmission electron microscopy. The rate of tumor cell apoptosis was determined using a terminal deoxynucleotidyl‑transferase‑mediated dUTP nick end labeling assay. The mitochondrial transmembrane potential of the tumor cells was detected by laser scanning confocal microscopy, and the activity of caspase‑3, ‑8, ‑9 and ‑12 was determined. The inhibitory rate seven days post‑psPEF treatment was also calculated. The results showed that exposure to psPEF led to an increased rate of apoptosis, collapse of mitochondrial transmembrane potential, and activation of caspases. The inhibitory rate was 9.11% at day 7. The results of the present study indicate that psPEF may induce apoptosis in a cervical cancer xenograft through the endoplasmic reticulum stress and caspase‑dependent signaling pathways. PMID:25405328

  14. Picosecond acoustics in vegetal cells: non invasive in vitro measurements at a sub-cell scale

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    Audoin, Bertrand; Rossignol, Clément; Chigarev, Nikolay; Ducousso, Mathieu; Forget, Guillaume; Guillemot, Fabien; Durrieu, Marie-Christine

    2010-01-01

    A 100 fs laser pulse passes through a single transparent cell and is absorbed at the surface of a metallic substrate. Picosecond acoustic waves are generated and propagate through the cell in contact with the metal. Interaction of the high frequency acoustic pulse with a probe laser light gives rise to stimulated Brillouin oscillations. The measurements are thus made with lasers for both the opto-acoustic generation and the acousto-optic detection. The technique offers perspectives for single cell imaging. The in plane resolution is limited by the pump and probe spot sizes, i.e ˜1 μm, and the in depth resolution is provided by the acoustic frequencies, typically in the GHz range. The effect of the technique on cell safety is discussed. Experiments achieved in vegetal cells illustrate reproducibility and sensitivity of the measurements. The acoustic responses of cell organelles are significantly different. The results support the potentialities of the hypersonic non invasive technique in the fields of bio-engineering and medicine.

  15. Ultrafast graphene and carbon nanotube film patterning by picosecond laser pulses

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    Bobrinetskiy, Ivan I.; Emelianov, Alexey V.; Otero, Nerea; Romero, Pablo M.

    2016-03-01

    Carbon nanomaterials is among the most promising technologies for advanced electronic applications, due to their extraordinary chemical and physical properties. Nonetheless, after more than two decades of intensive research, the application of carbon-based nanostructures in real electronic and optoelectronic devices is still a big challenge due to lack of scalable integration in microelectronic manufacturing. Laser processing is an attractive tool for graphene device manufacturing, providing a large variety of processes through direct and indirect interaction of laser beams with graphene lattice: functionalization, oxidation, reduction, etching and ablation, growth, etc. with resolution down to the nanoscale. Focused laser radiation allows freeform processing, enabling fully mask-less fabrication of devices from graphene and carbon nanotube films. This concept is attractive to reduce costs, improve flexibility, and reduce alignment operations, by producing fully functional devices in single direct-write operations. In this paper, a picosecond laser with a wavelength of 515 nm and pulse width of 30 ps is used to pattern carbon nanostructures in two ways: ablation and chemical functionalization. The light absorption leads to thermal ablation of graphene and carbon nanotube film under the fluence 60-90 J/cm2 with scanning speed up to 2 m/s. Just under the ablation energy, the two-photon absorption leads to add functional groups to the carbon lattice which change the optical properties of graphene. This paper shows the results of controlled modification of geometrical configuration and the physical and chemical properties of carbon based nanostructures, by laser direct writing.

  16. Gas-phase lifetimes of nucleobase analogues by picosecond pumpionization and streak techniques.

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    Blaser, Susan; Frey, Hans-Martin; Heid, Cornelia G; Leutwyler, Samuel

    2014-01-01

    The picosecond (ps) timescale is relevant for the investigation of many molecular dynamical processes such as fluorescence, nonradiative relaxation, intramolecular vibrational relaxation, molecular rotation and intermolecular energy transfer, to name a few. While investigations of ultrafast (femtosecond) processes of biological molecules, e.g. nucleobases and their analogues in the gas phase are available, there are few investigations on the ps time scale. We have constructed a ps pump-ionization setup and a ps streak camera fluorescence apparatus for the determination of lifetimes of supersonic jet-cooled and isolated molecules and clusters. The ps pump-ionization setup was used to determine the lifetimes of the nucleobase analogue 2-aminopurine (2AP) and of two 2AP˙(H2O)n water cluster isomers with n=1 and 2. Their lifetimes lie between 150 ps and 3 ns and are strongly cluster-size dependent. The ps streak camera setup was used to determine accurate fluorescence lifetimes of the uracil analogue 2-pyridone (2PY), its self-dimer (2PY)2, two isomers of its trimer (2PY)3 and its tetramer (2PY)4, which lie in the 7-12 ns range. PMID:24983611

  17. Picosecond to nanosecond dynamics provide a source of conformational entropy for protein folding.

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    Stadler, Andreas M; Demmel, Franz; Ollivier, Jacques; Seydel, Tilo

    2016-08-01

    Myoglobin can be trapped in fully folded structures, partially folded molten globules, and unfolded states under stable equilibrium conditions. Here, we report an experimental study on the conformational dynamics of different folded conformational states of apo- and holomyoglobin in solution. Global protein diffusion and internal molecular motions were probed by neutron time-of-flight and neutron backscattering spectroscopy on the picosecond and nanosecond time scales. Global protein diffusion was found to depend on the α-helical content of the protein suggesting that charges on the macromolecule increase the short-time diffusion of protein. With regard to the molten globules, a gel-like phase due to protein entanglement and interactions with neighbouring macromolecules was visible due to a reduction of the global diffusion coefficients on the nanosecond time scale. Diffusion coefficients, residence and relaxation times of internal protein dynamics and root mean square displacements of localised internal motions were determined for the investigated structural states. The difference in conformational entropy ΔSconf of the protein between the unfolded and the partially or fully folded conformations was extracted from the measured root mean square displacements. Using thermodynamic parameters from the literature and the experimentally determined ΔSconf values we could identify the entropic contribution of the hydration shell ΔShydr of the different folded states. Our results point out the relevance of conformational entropy of the protein and the hydration shell for stability and folding of myoglobin. PMID:27425443

  18. Picosecond timing of high-energy heavy ions with semiconductor detectors

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    Eremin, Vladimir; Kiselev, Oleg; Egorov, Nicolai; Eremin, Igor; Tuboltsev, Yuri; Verbitskaya, Elena; Gorbatyuk, Andrei

    2015-10-01

    Construction of new accelerating facilities to investigate reactions with heavy ions requires upgrading of the Time-of-Flight (TOF) systems for on-line ion identification. The requested time resolution of the TOF system developed for Super FRagment Separator in the frame of the FAIR program at GSI, Germany, is in the range of tens of picoseconds, which can be realized by using planar silicon detectors. Such resolution will allow characterization of relativistic ions from Lithium to Uranium. However, fast timing of heavy ions with semiconductor detectors is expected to be limited by the so-called plasma effect due to a high concentration of electron-hole pairs in tracks. Here the results of the experiment with relativistic 197Au ions (the energy of 920 MeV per nucleon) obtained with Si detectors are described, which showed the TOF time resolution around 14 ps rms. The physical mechanism of charge collection from high-density penetrating tracks of relativistic heavy ions is considered and the analysis of timing characteristics is performed taking into account track polarization. Polarization is shown to have a strong influence on the formation of the leading edge of the detector current response generated by relativistic heavy ions, which allows us to explain the observed high time resolution.

  19. Monitoring Photosynthesis in Individual Cells of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 on a Picosecond Timescale

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    Krumova, S.B.; Laptenok, S.P.; Borst, J.W.; Ughy, B.; Gombos, Z.; Ajlani, G.; van Amerongen, H.

    2010-01-01

    Picosecond fluorescence kinetics of wild-type (WT) and mutant cells of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, were studied at the ensemble level with a streak-camera and at the cell level using fluorescence-lifetime-imaging microscopy (FLIM). The FLIM measurements are in good agreement with the ensemble measurements, but they (can) unveil variations between and within cells. The BE mutant cells, devoid of photosystem II (PSII) and of the light-harvesting phycobilisomes, allowed the study of photosystem I (PSI) in vivo for the first time, and the observed 6-ps equilibration process and 25-ps trapping process are the same as found previously for isolated PSI. No major differences are detected between different cells. The PAL mutant cells, devoid of phycobilisomes, show four lifetimes: ∼20 ps (PSI and PSII), ∼80 ps, ∼440 ps, and 2.8 ns (all due to PSII), but not all cells are identical and variations in the kinetics are traced back to differences in the PSI/PSII ratio. Finally, FLIM measurements on WT cells reveal that in some cells or parts of cells, phycobilisomes are disconnected from PSI/PSII. It is argued that the FLIM setup used can become instrumental in unraveling photosynthetic regulation mechanisms in the future. PMID:20858447

  20. Emergent spin

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    Creutz, Michael

    2014-03-15

    Quantum mechanics and relativity in the continuum imply the well known spin–statistics connection. However for particles hopping on a lattice, there is no such constraint. If a lattice model yields a relativistic field theory in a continuum limit, this constraint must “emerge” for physical excitations. We discuss a few models where a spin-less fermion hopping on a lattice gives excitations which satisfy the continuum Dirac equation. This includes such well known systems such as graphene and staggered fermions. -- Highlights: •The spin–statistics theorem is not required for particles on a lattice. •Spin emerges dynamically when spinless fermions have a relativistic continuum limit. •Graphene and staggered fermions are examples of this phenomenon. •The phenomenon is intimately tied to chiral symmetry and fermion doubling. •Anomaly cancellation is a crucial feature of any valid lattice fermion action.

  1. Psychiatric emergencies.

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    Cavanaugh, S V

    1986-09-01

    Psychiatric disorders are common in medical inpatient and outpatient populations. As a result, internists commonly are the first to see psychiatric emergencies. As with all medical problems, a good history, including a collateral history from relatives and friends, physical and mental status examination, and appropriate laboratory tests help establish a preliminary diagnosis and treatment plan. Patients with suicidal ideation usually have multiple stressors in the environment and/or a psychiatric disorder (i.e., a major affective disorder, dysthymic disorder, anxiety or panic disorder, psychotic disorder, alcohol or drug abuse, a personality disorder, and/or an adjustment disorder). Of all patients who commit suicide, 70% have a major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, psychotic organic mental disorder, alcoholism, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. Patients who are at great risk have minimal supports, a history of previous suicide attempts, a plan with high lethality, hopelessness, psychosis, paranoia, and/or command self-destructive hallucinations. Treatment is directed toward placing the patient in a protected environment and providing psychotropic medication and/or psychotherapy for the underlying psychiatric problem. Other psychiatric emergencies include psychotic and violent patients. Psychotic disorders fall into two categories etiologically: those that have an identifiable organic factor causing the psychosis and those that have an underlying psychiatric disorder. Initially, it is essential to rule out organic pathology that is life-threatening or could cause irreversible brain damage. After such organic causes are ruled out, neuroleptic medication is indicated. If the patient is not agitated or combative, he or she may be placed on oral divided doses of neuroleptics in the antipsychotic range. Patients who are agitated or psychotic need rapid tranquilization with an intramuscular neuroleptic every half hour to 1 hour until the agitation and

  2. Emerging technologies

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    Hodson, C.O.; Williams, D.

    1996-07-01

    Among the emerging technologies for air, hazardous waste and water come new ways of looking at pollution, in both the figurative and quite literal sense. The use of microbes for remediation and pollution control is a component in many of the technologies in this report and is the focus of environmental research at many university and industry labs. Bacteria are the engines driving one featured emissions control technology: the air biofilter. Biofilters are probably more acceptable to most engineers as a soil remediation technology--such as the innovative method described in the hazardous waste section--rather than as means of cleaning off-gases, but in many cases bugs can perform the function inexpensively. The authors give the basics on this available technology. A more experimental application of microbes is being investigated as a potential quantum leap in heavy metals removal technology: bio-engineered, metal consuming plants. The effort to genetically engineer a green remediation tool is detailed in the hazardous waste section.

  3. Emerging technologies

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    Lu, Shin-yee

    1993-03-01

    The mission of the Emerging Technologies thrust area at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is to help individuals establish technology areas that have national and commercial impact, and are outside the scope of the existing thrust areas. We continue to encourage innovative ideas that bring quality results to existing programs. We also take as our mission the encouragement of investment in new technology areas that are important to the economic competitiveness of this nation. In fiscal year 1992, we have focused on nine projects, summarized in this report: (1) Tire, Accident, Handling, and Roadway Safety; (2) EXTRANSYT: An Expert System for Advanced Traffic Management; (3) Odin: A High-Power, Underwater, Acoustic Transmitter for Surveillance Applications; (4) Passive Seismic Reservoir Monitoring: Signal Processing Innovations; (5) Paste Extrudable Explosive Aft Charge for Multi-Stage Munitions; (6) A Continuum Model for Reinforced Concrete at High Pressures and Strain Rates: Interim Report; (7) Benchmarking of the Criticality Evaluation Code COG; (8) Fast Algorithm for Large-Scale Consensus DNA Sequence Assembly; and (9) Using Electrical Heating to Enhance the Extraction of Volatile Organic Compounds from Soil.

  4. Picosecond time-gated Raman spectroscopy for transcutaneous evaluation of bone composition

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    Morris, Michael D.; Draper, Edward R. C.; Goodship, Allen E.; Matousek, Pavel; Towrie, Michael; Parker, Anthony W.; Camacho, Nancy P.

    2005-04-01

    For efficacious transcutaneous monitoring of bone mineralization and matrix quality a spatially averaged measurement is needed, often over a large area. This precludes the use of confocal microscopy. We use picosecond pulsed laser excitation and Kerr-gated time-resolved data collection techniques to obtain marker bands of bone condition whilst rejecting interfering Raman scatter from skin, tendon and other overlying tissue. Alternatively, the methodology can be used to collect signals only from these overlying tissues. In all these experiments the 1 ps pulsed laser beam is focused to approximately 1 mm diameter. Raman light is then collected at specific times following the arrival of the pulse at time delays typically from 0 to 10 ps by opening an ultrafast optical shutter based on a Kerr cell that is driven by a second synchronized laser pulse. This permits specific probing of different layers of tissue. Individual delayed spectra are co-added and the resulting correction signal is subtracted from the ungated composite spectrum or from late-arriving time-resolved spectra. We have validated this methodology using tissue from the metacarpus and radius of several strains of laboratory mice. Overlying skin, flesh and tendon was removed from metacarpus and radius of one foreleg of a mouse and the tissue used as a control. The other foreleg served as the test specimen and was prepared by shaving the hair from the tissue, leaving the skin intact. Transcutaneous time-gated Raman spectra were measured on these specimens. With an 800 nm laser spatially resolved spectroscopy with depth penetration to greater than 1 mm was easily achieved. Normal and defective bone tissue were readily distinguished.

  5. Ambient Mass Spectrometry Imaging with Picosecond Infrared Laser Ablation Electrospray Ionization (PIR-LAESI).

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    Zou, Jing; Talbot, Francis; Tata, Alessandra; Ermini, Leonardo; Franjic, Kresimir; Ventura, Manuela; Zheng, Jinzi; Ginsberg, Howard; Post, Martin; Ifa, Demian R; Jaffray, David; Miller, R J Dwayne; Zarrine-Afsar, Arash

    2015-12-15

    A picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) is capable of cutting through biological tissues in the absence of significant thermal damage. As such, PIRL is a standalone surgical scalpel with the added bonus of minimal postoperative scar tissue formation. In this work, a tandem of PIRL ablation with electrospray ionization (PIR-LAESI) mass spectrometry is demonstrated and characterized for tissue molecular imaging, with a limit of detection in the range of 100 nM for reserpine or better than 5 nM for verapamil in aqueous solution. We characterized PIRL crater size using agar films containing Rhodamine. PIR-LAESI offers a 20-30 μm vertical resolution (∼3 μm removal per pulse) and a lateral resolution of ∼100 μm. We were able to detect 25 fmol of Rhodamine in agar ablation experiments. PIR-LAESI was used to map the distribution of endogenous methoxykaempferol glucoronide in zebra plant (Aphelandra squarrosa) leaves producing a localization map that is corroborated by the literature. PIR-LAESI was further used to image the distribution inside mouse kidneys of gadoteridol, an exogenous magnetic resonance contrast agent intravenously injected. Parallel mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) using desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) were performed to corroborate PIR-LAESI images of the exogenous agent. We further show that PIR-LAESI is capable of desorption ionization of proteins as well as phospholipids. This comparative study illustrates that PIR-LAESI is an ion source for ambient mass spectrometry applications. As such, a future PIRL scalpel combined with secondary ionization such as ESI and mass spectrometry has the potential to provide molecular feedback to guide PIRL surgery. PMID:26561279

  6. Effect of defocusing on picosecond laser-coupling into gold cones

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    Bush, I. A. Pasley, J.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Gartside, L.; Sarfraz, S.; Wagenaars, E.; Green, J. S.; Notley, M.; Lowe, H.; Spindloe, C.; Winstone, T.; Robinson, A. P. L.; Clarke, R.; Ma, T.; Yabuuchi, T.; Wei, M.; Beg, F. N.; Stephens, R. B.; MacPhee, A.; MacKinnon, A. J.; and others

    2014-01-15

    Here, we show that defocusing of the laser in the interaction of a picosecond duration, 1.053 μm wavelength, high energy pulse with a cone-wire target does not significantly affect the laser energy coupling efficiency, but does result in a drop in the fast electron effective temperature. This may be beneficial for fast ignition, since not only were more electrons with lower energies seen in the experiment but also the lower prepulse intensity will reduce the amount of preplasma present on arrival of the main pulse, reducing the distance the hot electrons have to travel. We used the Vulcan Petawatt Laser at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and gold cone targets with approximately 1 mm long, 40 μm diameter copper wires attached to their tip. Diagnostics included a quartz crystal imager, a pair of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite crystal spectrometers and a calibrated CCD operating in the single photon counting regime, all of which looked at the copper K{sub α} emission from the wire. A short pulse optical probe, delayed 400 ps relative to the main pulse was employed to diagnose the extent of plasma expansion around the wire. A ray-tracing code modeled the change in intensity on the interior surface of the cone with laser defocusing. Using a model for the wire copper K{sub α} emission coupled to a hybrid Vlasov-Fokker-Planck code, we ran a series of simulations, holding the total energy in electrons constant whilst varying the electron temperature, which support the experimental conclusions.

  7. Picosecond fluorescence dynamics of tryptophan and 5-fluorotryptophan in monellin: slow water-protein relaxation unmasked.

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    Xu, Jianhua; Chen, Binbin; Callis, Patrik; Muiño, Pedro L; Rozeboom, Henriëtte; Broos, Jaap; Toptygin, Dmitri; Brand, Ludwig; Knutson, Jay R

    2015-03-19

    Time dependent fluorescence Stokes (emission wavelength) shifts (TDFSS) from tryptophan (Trp) following sub-picosecond excitation are increasingly used to investigate protein dynamics, most recently enabling active research interest into water dynamics near the surface of proteins. Unlike many fluorescence probes, both the efficiency and the wavelength of Trp fluorescence in proteins are highly sensitive to microenvironment, and Stokes shifts can be dominated by the well-known heterogeneous nature of protein structure, leading to what we call pseudo-TDFSS: shifts that arise from differential decay rates of subpopulations. Here we emphasize a novel, general method that obviates pseudo-TDFSS by replacing Trp by 5-fluorotryptophan (5Ftrp), a fluorescent analogue with higher ionization potential and greatly suppressed electron-transfer quenching. 5FTrp slows and suppresses pseudo-TDFSS, thereby providing a clearer view of genuine relaxation caused by solvent and protein response. This procedure is applied to the sweet-tasting protein monellin which has uniquely been the subject of ultrafast studies in two different laboratories (Peon, J.; et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2002, 99, 10964; Xu, J.; et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 1214) that led to disparate interpretations of a 20 ps transient. They differed because of the pseudo-TDFSS present. The current study exploiting special properties of 5FTrp strongly supports the conclusion that both lifetime heterogeneity-based TDFSS and environment relaxation-based TDFSS are present in monellin and 5FTrp-monellin. The original experiments on monellin were most likely dominated by pseudo-TDFSS, whereas, in the present investigation of 5FTrp-monellin, the TDFSS is dominated by relaxation and any residual pseudo-TDFSS is overwhelmed and/or slowed to irrelevance. PMID:25710196

  8. Investigation of the photoacoustic effect in micellar solutions by the picosecond transient grating method

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    Cao, Yanni

    1997-12-01

    This thesis comprises studies of viscosity and thermal conductivity effects on the photoacoustic wave from a droplet, generation of photoacoustic waves from reversed micellar solutions, and acoustic attenuation in reverse micellar solutions at GHz frequencies. In the first part of the thesis, the coupled equations for pressure and temperature, that describe the photoacoustic effect, are solved for a laser irradiated droplet surrounded by a second fluid to determine the effects of heat conduction and viscosity on the emitted ultrasonic wave. A numerical method of solving the coupled equations is used to give frequency domain expressions for the photoacoustic wave emitted by the droplet. The results show that the range of diameters over which the solution to the wave equation remains valid is quite large, and that deviations from the wave equation solution in experimentally recorded photoacoustic waveforms is not expected until the diameter of the droplet is so small as to approach the viscous or thermal heat conduction lengths of the fluid. Photoacoustic waves can be generated by submicron sized particles that absorb radiation and transmit heat to a surrounding fluid. When the thermal expansion coefficient of the absorbing body is small, a photoacoustic effect is not produced until heat diffuses into the surrounding fluid. Effects of the micelle size, acoustic wave-length and the thermal conductivity ratio on the generation of photoacoustic waves are discussed. The qualitative results both from theory and experiment show that the photoacoustic technique should thus form a diagnostic technique for determining particle radii and two thermal parameters for dilute slurries of particulate matter that can be excited by optical radiation. The propagation properties of ultrasonic waves have been studied by a picosecond transient grating method in AOT reversed micellar solutions. Ultrasonic attenuation exhibits peak values. Experiments show that peak values appear at the GHz

  9. Fiber laser pumped burst-mode operated picosecond mid-infrared laser

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    Wei, Kai-Hua; Jiang, Pei-Pei; Wu, Bo; Chen, Tao; Shen, Yong-Hang

    2015-02-01

    We demonstrate a compact periodically poled MgO-doped lithium niobate (MgO:PPLN)-based optical parametric oscillator (OPO) quasi-synchronously pumped by a fiber laser system with burst-mode operation. The pump source is a peak-power-selectable pulse-multiplied picosecond Yb fiber laser. The chirped pulses from a figure of eight-cavity mode-locked fiber laser seed are narrowed to a duration of less than 50 ps using an FBG reflector and a circulator. The narrowed pulses are directed to pass through a pulse multiplier and to form pulse bunches, each of which is composed of 13 sub-pulses. The obtained pulse bunches are amplified by two-stage fiber pre-amplifiers: one-stage is core-pumped and the other is cladding-pumped. A fiberized acousto-optic modulator is inserted to control the pulse repetition rate (PRR) of the pulse bunches before they are power-amplified in the final amplifier stage with a large mode area (LMA) PM Yb-doped fiber. The maximum average powers from the final amplifier are 85 W, 60 W, and 45 W, respectively, corresponding to the PRR of 2.72 MHz, 1.36 MHz, and 0.68 MHz. The amplified pulses are directed to pump an MgO:PPLN-based optical parametric oscillator (OPO). A maximum peak power at 3.45 μm is obtained approximately to be 8.4 kW. Detailed performance characteristics are presented. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61078015) and the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB311803).

  10. Picosecond Control of Photogenerated Radical Pair Lifetimes Using a Stable Third Radical.

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    Horwitz, Noah E; Phelan, Brian T; Nelson, Jordan N; Krzyaniak, Matthew D; Wasielewski, Michael R

    2016-05-12

    Photoinduced electron transfer reactions in organic donor-acceptor systems leading to long-lived radical ion pairs (RPs) have attracted broad interest for their potential applications in fields as diverse as solar energy conversion and spintronics. We present the photophysics and spin dynamics of an electron donor - electron acceptor - stable radical system consisting of a meta-phenylenediamine (mPD) donor covalently linked to a 4-aminonaphthalene-1,8-dicarboximide (ANI) electron-accepting chromophore as well as an α,γ-bisdiphenylene-β-phenylallyl (BDPA) stable radical. Selective photoexcitation of ANI produces the BDPA-mPD(+•)-ANI(-•) triradical in which the mPD(+•)-ANI(-•) RP spins are strongly exchange coupled. The presence of BDPA is found to greatly increase the RP intersystem crossing rate from the initially photogenerated BDPA-(1)(mPD(+•)-ANI(-•)) to BDPA-(3)(mPD(+•)-ANI(-•)), resulting in accelerated RP recombination via the triplet channel to produce BDPA-mPD-(3*)ANI as compared to a reference molecule lacking the BDPA radical. The RP recombination rates observed are much faster than those previously reported for weakly coupled triradical systems. Time-resolved EPR spectroscopy shows that this process is also associated with strong spin polarization of the stable radical. Overall, these results show that RP intersystem crossing rates can be strongly influenced by stable radicals nearby strongly coupled RP systems, making it possible to use a third spin to control RP lifetimes down to a picosecond time scale. PMID:27108738

  11. Scribing of a-Si thin-film solar cells with picosecond laser

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    Gečys, P.; Račiukaitis, G.

    2010-09-01

    The thin-film technology is the most promising technology to achieve a significant cost reduction in solar electricity. Laser scribing is an important step to preserve high efficiency of photovoltaic devices on large areas. The high-repetition-rate laser with the pulse duration of 10 ps was applied in selective ablation of multilayer thin-film a-Si solar cells deposited on flexible and rigid substrates. Two types of solar cells with flexible and rigid substrates have been investigated. The first type of solar cells was made of 400 nm a-Si layer coated on both sides with 2 μ m transparent ZnO:Al contact layers deposited by CVD technique on the glass plate. The second type of solar cells was made of a flexible polyimide substrate coated with the Al back-contact, a-Si light absorbing layer and the ITO top-contact. Selection of the right laser wavelength is important to keep the energy coupling in a well defined volume at the interlayer interface. Well-defined shapes of scribes were produced by laser ablation through layers of the solar cell on the glass substrate. Localization of the coupled energy at the inner interface led to the “lift-off” type process rather than evaporation of the top ITO layer when the 355 nm radiation was applied. All laser scribes did not indicate any material melting or other thermal damage caused by laser irradiation. Ultra-short picosecond pulses ensured the high energy input rate into absorbing material therefore peeling of the layers had no influence on the remaining material.

  12. Study on third-order nonlinear optical properties of 4-methylsulfanyl chalcone derivatives using picosecond pulses

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    D'silva, E.D.; Podagatlapalli, G. Krishna; Venugopal Rao, S.; Dharmaprakash, S.M.

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Photograph and schematic representation of Z-scan experimental setup used to investigate third order nonlinear properties of the chalcone materials. Highlights: ► Br and NO{sub 2} substituted chalcone derivatives were exposed to picosecond laser pulses. ► Third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties were investigated. ► Compounds show promising third-order and optical limiting properties. ► These materials found suitable for electrical and optical applications. -- Abstract: In this paper we present results from the experimental study of third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of three molecules of Br and NO{sub 2} substituted chalcone derivatives namely (2E)-1-(4-bromophenyl)-3-[4(methylsulfanyl)phenyl]prop-2-en-1-one (4Br4MSP), (2E)-1-(3-bromophenyl)-3-[4-(methylsulfanyl) phenyl]prop-2-en-1-one (3Br4MSP) and (2E)-3[4(methylsulfanyl) phenyl]-1-(4-nitrophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (4N4MSP). The NLO properties have been investigated by Z-scan technique using 2 ps laser pulses at 800 nm. The nonlinear refractive indices, nonlinear absorption coefficient, and the magnitude of third-order susceptibility have been determined. The values obtained are of the order of 10{sup −7} cm{sup 2}/GW, 10{sup −3} cm/GW and 10{sup −14} esu respectively. The molecular second hyperpolarizability for the chalcone derivatives is of the order of 10{sup −32} esu. The coupling factor, excited state cross section, ground state cross section etc. were determined. The optical limiting (OL) property was studied. The results suggest that the nonlinear properties investigated for present chalcones are comparable with some of the reported chalcone derivatives and can be desirable for NLO applications.

  13. Reduction of thermocoagulative injury via use of a picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) in laryngeal tissues.

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    Böttcher, Arne; Kucher, Stanislav; Knecht, Rainald; Jowett, Nathan; Krötz, Peter; Reimer, Rudolph; Schumacher, Udo; Anders, Sven; Münscher, Adrian; Dalchow, Carsten V; Miller, R J Dwayne

    2015-04-01

    The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is routinely used in glottic microsurgery for the treatment of benign and malignant disease, despite significant collateral thermal damage secondary to photothermal vaporization without thermal confinement. Subsequent tissue response to thermal injury involves excess collagen deposition resulting in scarring and functional impairment. To minimize collateral thermal injury, short-pulse laser systems such as the microsecond pulsed erbium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Er:YAG) laser and picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) have been developed. This study compares incisions made in ex vivo human laryngeal tissues by CO2 and Er:YAG lasers versus PIRL using light microscopy, environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), and infrared thermography (IRT). In comparison to the CO2 and Er:YAG lasers, PIRL incisions showed significantly decreased mean epithelial (59.70 µm) and subepithelial (22.15 µm) damage zones (p < 0.05). Cutting gaps were significantly narrower for PIRL (133.70 µm) compared to Er:YAG and CO2 lasers (p < 0.05), which were more than 5 times larger. ESEM revealed intact collagen fibers along PIRL cutting edges without obvious carbonization, in comparison to diffuse carbonization and tissue melting seen for CO2 and Er:YAG laser incisions. IRT demonstrated median temperature rise of 4.1 K in PIRL vocal fold incisions, significantly less than for Er:YAG laser cuts (171.85 K; p < 0.001). This study has shown increased cutting precision and reduced lateral thermal damage zones for PIRL ablation in comparison to conventional CO2 and Er:YAG lasers in human glottis and supraglottic tissues. PMID:25575843

  14. Capturing interfacial photoelectrochemical dynamics with picosecond time-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Neppl, Stefan; Shavorskiy, Andrey; Zegkinoglou, Ioannis; Fraund, Matthew; Slaughter, Daniel S; Troy, Tyler; Ziemkiewicz, Michael P; Ahmed, Musahid; Gul, Sheraz; Rude, Bruce; Zhang, Jin Z; Tremsin, Anton S; Glans, Per-Anders; Liu, Yi-Sheng; Wu, Cheng Hao; Guo, Jinghua; Salmeron, Miquel; Bluhm, Hendrik; Gessner, Oliver

    2014-01-01

    Time-resolved core-level spectroscopy using laser pulses to initiate and short X-ray pulses to trace photoinduced processes has the unique potential to provide electronic state- and atomic site-specific insight into fundamental electron dynamics in complex systems. Time-domain studies using transient X-ray absorption and emission techniques have proven extremely valuable to investigate electronic and structural dynamics in isolated and solvated molecules. Here, we describe the implementation of a picosecond time-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (TRXPS) technique at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) and its application to monitor photoinduced electron dynamics at the technologically pertinent interface formed by N3 dye molecules anchored to nanoporous ZnO. Indications for a dynamical chemical shift of the Ru3d photoemission line originating from the N3 metal centre are observed ∼30 ps after resonant HOMO-LUMO excitation with a visible laser pump pulse. The transient changes in the TRXPS spectra are accompanied by a characteristic surface photovoltage (SPV) response of the ZnO substrate on a pico- to nanosecond time scale. The interplay between the two phenomena is discussed in the context of possible electronic relaxation and recombination pathways that lead to the neutralisation of the transiently oxidised dye after ultrafast electron injection. A detailed account of the experimental technique is given including an analysis of the chemical modification of the nano-structured ZnO substrate during extended periods of solution-based dye sensitisation and its relevance for studies using surface-sensitive spectroscopy techniques. PMID:25415599

  15. Picosecond fiber laser microfabrication of THz wire-grid polarizers on polymer membrane substrates

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    Gerke, Tim D.; Fast, Dylan; Kozlov, Vladimir G.

    2012-03-01

    Ultrafast picosecond lasers provide the gentle cold ablation required to selectively remove a 400 nm metal film from an unsupported ultra-thin polymer membrane without damaging the membrane substrate. Selected areas of the metal film are completely removed in an ablative lift-off process enabled by a single laser pulse. No damage to the polymer membrane is observed even for samples with the metal completely removed over a 50x50 mm area of the membrane. The 400 nm thick metal films can be patterned into arbitrary forms with feature sizes as small as 10 micrometers, and even submicron features are realistically possible with a modification to the processing system. The skin depth of aluminium in the THz regime is significantly shorter than the 400 nm metal thickness, so thicker metal films that are significantly more difficult to machine are not beneficial. As an example, thin-film wire grid polarizers for the THz regime are demonstrated. The thin-film polarizers are much easier and faster to fabricate than polarizers made by winding free-standing wires around a frame and their performance is very comparable. The thin-film polarizers also have the added benefit of a significantly higher potential for functionality deeper in to the THz spectrum due to their capacity for smaller feature sizes. More intricate patterns, such as meshes, can also be made to create THz bandpass filters. This method can be extended to cold ablation processing of multilayer films fabricated on thin polymer substrates for applications such as plastic electronics, displays and solar cells.

  16. Universal picosecond timing system for the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research

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    Bousonville, M.; Rausch, J.

    2009-04-01

    The present article presents a system making it possible to produce time information at spatially separate points with picosecond range precision. By using this time information, the accelerator and storage rings of the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) are to be synchronized. To do this, the rf cavities of these ring accelerators have to be controlled by signals having different phases and frequencies (0.4 to 5.4 MHz). Some frequencies of the signals are variable during acceleration due to what is referred to as ramp control. To enable synchronization of all these different signals, also during acceleration, the signals for controlling the cavities are not sent directly by the timing system, but instead two clock signals of constant frequency are sent. These clock signals are produced phase synchronously at different points up to 1 km apart and represent the time information. With the help of these clock signals, it is then possible to synchronize frequency generators that produce the signals actually needed for the cavities. Because of the universal character of the time information produced, it can be used not only to control the cavities but also to synchronize other processes. To transmit the clock signals, an optical network with dense wavelength division multiplex methods is used. The delay of the clock signals is measured and with the help of the delay information a reference generator produces, at the end of each transmission line, a phase-synchronous and phase-stable time reference. Since the delays of the clock signals are not constant due to environmental influences, they must be determined regularly. Using a prototype of this system, a precision of the time information of 21.2 ps on average was achieved. The short-term jitter exhibits a standard deviation of 7.57 ps. In addition to the description of the system, detailed information on noise characteristics is provided that can also be used to optimize other optical systems for

  17. Watching a protein as it functions with picosecond X-ray crystallography and femtosecond IR spectroscopy

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    Anfinrud, Philip

    2003-03-01

    Proteins are engaged in a myriad of tasks that are essential to life. To understand in mechanistic detail how proteins function, it is crucial to know the time ordering of events that give rise to their designed (or modified) function. Myoglobin (Mb), a ligand-binding heme protein, has long served as a model system for investigating ligand transport and binding in proteins. Using femtosecond time-resolved polarized IR spectroscopy, the dynamics of ligand motion after photodetachment of CO from MbCO have been probed. These studies reveal the time-dependent orientation of CO, the existence of a docking site that mediates the transport of ligands to and from the active binding site, as well as the dynamics of ligand binding and escape. To probe the structural evolution of a protein as it executes its function, a multinational collaboration has been established to acquire time-resolved X-ray crystal structures on the ID09B beam line at the European Synchrotron and Radiation Facility. Recent improvements in the experimental methodology have extended the time resolution down to 150 picoseconds and improved the spatial resolution of the electron density maps to below 2 Å. Using this technique, we have acquired time-resolved high resolution structures of L29F-MbCO, a mutant of myoglobin that exhibits unusually rapid ligand migration dynamics. The frame-by-frame structural evolution allows us to literally "watch" this protein as it functions. Conformational changes far more dramatic than the structural differences between the carboxy and deoxy states are observed. The correlated motion of CO and several side chains provides a structural explanation for the rapid expulsion of toxic CO from the nearby ligand docking site.

  18. Picosecond time-resolved absorption and fluorescence dynamics in the artificial bacteriorhodopsin pigment BR6.11.

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    Brack, T. L.; Delaney, J. K.; Atkinson, G. H.; Albeck, A.; Sheves, M.; Ottolenghi, M.

    1993-01-01

    The picosecond molecular dynamics in an artificial bacteriorhodopsin (BR) pigment containing a structurally modified all-trans retinal chromphore with a six-membered ring bridging the C11=C12-C13 positions (BR6.11) are measured by picosecond transient absorption and picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Time-dependent intensity and spectral changes in absorption in the 570-650-nm region are monitored for delays as long as 5 ns after the 7-ps, 573-nm excitation of BR6.11. Two intermediates, J6.11 and K6.11/1, both with enhanced absorption to the red (> 600 nm) of the BR6.11 spectrum are observed within approximately 50 ps. The J6.11 intermediate decays with a time constant of 12 +/- 3 ps to form K6.11/1. The K6.11/1 intermediate decays with an approximately 100-ps time constant to form a third intermediate, K6.11/2, which is observed through diminished 650-nm absorption (relative to that of K6.11/1). No other transient absorption changes are found during the remainder of the initial 5-ns period of the BR6.11 photoreaction. Fluorescence in the 650-900-nm region is observed from BR6.11, K6.11/1, and K6.11/2, but no emission assignable to J6.11 is found. The BR6.11 fluroescence spectrum has a approximately 725-nm maximum which is blue-shifted by approximately 15 nm relative to that of native BR-570 and is 4.2 +/- 1.5 times larger in intensity (same sample optical density). No differences in the profile of the fluorescence spectra of BR6.11 and the intermediates K6.11/1 and K6.11/2 are observed. Following ground-state depletion of the BR6.11 population, the time-resolved fluroescence intensity monitored at 725 nm increases with two time constants, 12 +/- 3 and approximately 100 ps, both of which correlate well with changes in the picosecond transient absorption data. The resonance Raman spectrum of ground-state BR6.11, measured with low-energy, 560-nm excitation, is significantly different from the spectrum of native BR-570, thus confirming that the

  19. Emergency Contraception.

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    Batur, Pelin; Kransdorf, Lisa N; Casey, Petra M

    2016-06-01

    Emergency contraception (EC) may help prevent pregnancy in various circumstances, such as contraceptive method failure, unprotected sexual intercourse, or sexual assault, yet it remains underused. There are 4 approved EC options in the United States. Although ulipristal acetate requires a provider's prescription, oral levonorgestrel (LNG) is available over the counter for women of all ages. The most effective method of EC is the copper intrauterine device, which can be left in place for up to 10 years for efficacious, cost-effective, hormone-free, and convenient long-term primary contraception. Ulipristal acetate tends to be more efficacious in pregnancy prevention than is LNG, especially when taken later than 72 hours postcoitus. The mechanism of action of oral EC is delay of ovulation, and current evidence reveals that it is ineffective postovulation. Women who weigh more than 75 kg or have a body mass index greater than 25 kg/m(2) may have a higher risk of unintended pregnancy when using oral LNG EC; therefore, ulipristal acetate or copper intrauterine devices are preferable in this setting. Providers are often unaware of the range of EC options or are unsure of how to counsel patients regarding the access and use of EC. This article critically reviews current EC literature, summarizes recommendations, and provides guidance for counseling women about EC. Useful tips for health care providers are provided, with a focus on special populations, including breast-feeding women and those transitioning to long-term contraception after EC use. When treating women of reproductive age, clinicians should be prepared to counsel them about EC options, provide EC appropriately, and, if needed, refer for EC in a timely manner. PMID:27261868

  20. Emergency contraception

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    Langille, Donald B.; Allen, Michael; Whelan, Anne Marie

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Objective To determine the extent to which Nova Scotian FPs prescribe and provide emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) and to explore their knowledge of and attitudes toward ECPs. Design Survey of Nova Scotian FPs using a modified Dillman method. Setting All regions of Nova Scotia. Participants Family physicians registered with Dalhousie University’s Division of Continuing Medical Education. Main outcome measures Sex differences in the provision of ECPs and knowledge and attitudes about the ECP Plan B. Results Of 913 eligible FPs, 155 (17.0%) participated in the survey. Respondents resembled the sampling frame closely. Most physicians (64.0%) had prescribed ECPs in the previous year (mean number of prescriptions, 4.92); only 12.9% provided ECPs in advance of need. Knowledge about Plan B was quite good, except for knowledge of the time frame for potential effectiveness; only 29.2% of respondents answered that question correctly. Respondents generally supported nonprescription availability of ECPs, but 25.0% of FPs were concerned that this could lead to less use of more effective methods of contraception, and 39.2% believed that it would encourage repeat use. Younger FPs provided ECPs more often than their older colleagues, while female respondents had better knowledge about Plan B. In multivariate analysis being younger than 40 years was marginally associated with prescribing Plan B and with prescribing any form of ECP. Conclusion Most Nova Scotian FPs provided ECPs and had generally good knowledge about and attitudes toward providing such contraception without prescription. However, FPs were poorly informed about the length of time that Plan B can be effective, which could potentially affect use when patients consult several days after unprotected sex. There were some concerns about nonprescription availability of ECPs, which could have implications for recommending it to patients. Rarely were ECPs prescribed for advance use, which might represent a lost

  1. Fabrication of broadband antireflective black metal surfaces with ultra-light-trapping structures by picosecond laser texturing and chemical fluorination

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    Zheng, Buxiang; Wang, Wenjun; Jiang, Gedong; Mei, Xuesong

    2016-06-01

    A hybrid method consisting of ultrafast laser-assisted texturing and chemical fluorination treatment was applied for efficiently enhancing the surface broadband antireflection to fabricate black titanium alloy surface with ultra-light-trapping micro-nanostructure. Based on the theoretical analysis of surface antireflective principle of micro-nanostructures and fluoride film, the ultra-light-trapping micro-nanostructures have been processed using a picosecond pulsed ultrafast laser on titanium alloy surfaces. Then fluorination treatment has been performed by using fluoroalkyl silane solution. According to X-ray diffraction phase analysis of the surface compositions and measurement of the surface reflectance using spectrophotometer, the broadband antireflective properties of titanium alloy surface with micro-nano structural characteristics were investigated before and after fluorination treatment. The results show that the surface morphology of micro-nanostructures processed by picosecond laser has significant effects on the antireflection of light waves to reduce the surface reflectance, which can be further reduced using chemical fluorination treatment. The high antireflection of over 98 % in a broad spectral range from ultraviolet to infrared on the surface of metal material has been achieved for the surface structures, and the broadband antireflective black metal surfaces with an extremely low reflectance of ultra-light-trapping structures have been obtained in the wavelength range from ultraviolet-visible to near-infrared, middle-wave infrared. The average reflectance of microgroove groups structured surface reaches as low as 2.43 % over a broad wavelength range from 200 to 2600 nm. It indicates that the hybrid method comprising of picosecond laser texturing and chemical fluorination can effectively induce the broadband antireflective black metal surface. This method has a potential application for fabricating antireflective surface used to improve the

  2. Sub-picosecond time-resolved carrier, phonon, and spin dynamics in Cd(Mn)Te diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Wang, D.; Sobolewski, Roman; Mycielski, A.

    2005-08-01

    We present here our research on time-resolved carrier, phonon, and spin dynamics in the diluted-magnetic semiconductor Cd1-xMnxTe [Cd(Mn)Te] system. Our test samples were the high-quality single crystals with the Mn doping concentrations ranging from 9% to 12%, grown by a modified Bridgeman method. Femtosecond optical pump-probe spectroscopy experiments allowed us to study time-resolved dynamics of both the excited carriers and coherent acoustic phonons. Using pump photons with the energy just exceeding the Cd(Mn)Te energy gap, we observed the bleaching effect as excited carriers occupied essentially all available states at the bottom of the conduction band. With the increase of the pump photon energy, the normalized differential reflectivity (ΔR/R) signal changed sign to positive, being dominated by the electron-phonon relaxation process. All our ΔR/R traces, on the delay-time scale well above 100 ps, exhibited very regular oscillations, which were identified, as the signature of coherent acoustic phonons, generated by an electronic and thermal stress introduced at the sample surface by the pump photons. We have also excited our samples with sub-picosecond magnetic transients, generated by a low-temperature-grown GaAs photoconductive switch, and observed the sub-picosecond magneto-optic (Faraday) effect (Mn-ion spin dynamics). The sub-picosecond Faraday response makes this semimagnetic semiconductor an excellent candidate for practical applications in magneto-optics, such as in time-resolved magneto-optical sampling and imaging techniques, or in ultrafast magneto-optical transducers and modulators. In addition, Cd(Mn)Te is a very promising material for ultrafast spintronic and magnetic memory-type devices.

  3. A picosecond thin-rod Yb:YAG regenerative laser amplifier with the high average power of 20 W

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    Matsubara, S.; Tanaka, M.; Takama, M.; Hitotsuya, H.; Kobayashi, T.; Kawato, S.

    2013-05-01

    A high-average-power, laser-diode-pumped, picosecond-pulse regenerative amplifier was developed using the thin-rod Yb:YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser architecture. This architecture has a complete set of favorable properties for the cost-effective, high-average-power, and high-peak-power lasers. These include low amplified spontaneous emission with high gain and high repetition rate. For the amplifier system, an average output power of 20 W was achieved at a pulse repetition rate of 100 kHz, which corresponds to an output pulse energy of 200 μJ with an output pulse width of 2 ps.

  4. Picosecond soft X-ray absorption measurement of the photo-inducedinsulator-to-metal transition in VO2.

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    Cavalleri, Andrea; Chong, Henry H.W.; Fourmaux, Sylvain; Glover,Thornton E.; Heimann, Phil A.; Kieffer, Jean Claude; Mun, B. Simon; Padmore, Howard A.; Schoenlein, Robert W.

    2004-02-01

    We directly measure the photoinduced insulator-to-metal transition in VO2 using time-resolved near-edge x-ray absorption. Picosecond pulses of synchrotron radiation are used to detect the redshift in the vanadium L3edge at 516 eV, which is associated with the transient collapse of the low-temperature band gap. We identify a two-component temporal response, corresponding to an ultrafast transformation over a 50 nm surface layer, followed by 40 m/s thermal growth of the metallic phase into the bulk.

  5. Picosecond soft X-ray absorption measurement of the photo-inducedinsulator-to-metal transition in VO2.

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    Cavalleri, Andrea; Chong, Henry H.W.; Fourmaux, Sylvain; Glover,Thornton E.; Heimann, Phil A.; Kieffer, Jean Claude; Mun, B. Simon; Padmore, Howard A.; Schoenlein, Robert W.

    2004-02-01

    We directly measure the photoinduced insulator-to-metaltransition in VO2 using time-resolved near-edge x-ray absorption.Picosecond pulses of synchrotron radiation are used to detect theredshift in the vanadium L3edge at 516 eV, which is associated with thetransient collapse of the low-temperature band gap. We identify atwo-component temporal response, corresponding to an ultrafasttransformation over a 50 nm surface layer, followed by 40 m/s thermalgrowth of the metallic phase into the bulk.

  6. X-Lase CoreScriber, Picosecond Fiber Laser Tool for High-Precision Scribing and Cutting of Transparent Materials

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    Kivistö, S.; Amberla, T.; Konnunaho, T.; Kangastupa, J.; Sillanpää, J.

    We have developed various industrial transparent material scribing processes and a laser tool, picosecond MHz-range all- fiber laser X-Lase CoreScriber. The remarkably high peak power, exceptionally good beam quality, and integrability of the X-Lase CoreScriber combined with high achievable material processing speeds provide tempting solutions for high- precision glass processing. Here presented sapphire and Gorilla glass dicing processes are based on transparent material internal modification with short and intense high repetition rate ps-laser pulses. Increased processing speeds and cutting qualities in comparison to other conventional processing methods are presented.

  7. Generation of 0. 7--0. 8. mu. picosecond pulses in an alexandrite laser with passive mode locking

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    Lisitsyn, V.N.; Matrosov, V.N.; Orekhova, V.P.; Pestryakov, E.V.; Sevast'yanov, B.K.; Trunov, V.I.; Zenin, V.N.; Remigailo, Y.L.

    1982-03-01

    Picosecond pulses of 0.7--0.8 ..mu.. wavelengths were generated in an alexandrite laser as a result of electronic--vibrational transitions /sup 4/T/sub 2/ ..-->.. /sup 4/A/sub 2/+h..omega../sub phonon/. Passive mode locking was ensured by the use of DS1 and DTTS saturable absorbers. The duration of the pulses generated using DS1 was 8 psec at wavelengths of 0.725--0.745 ..mu.., whereas the duration of the pulses generated using DTTS was 90 psec in the range 0.75--0.775 ..mu...

  8. Thin disk amplifier-based 40 mJ, 1 kHz, picosecond laser at 515 nm.

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    Novák, Jakub; Green, Jonathan T; Metzger, Thomas; Mazanec, Tomáš; Himmel, Bedřich; Horáček, Martin; Hubka, Zbyněk; Boge, Robert; Antipenkov, Roman; Batysta, František; Naylon, Jack A; Bakule, Pavel; Rus, Bedřich

    2016-03-21

    We report on a frequency-doubled picosecond Yb:YAG thin disk regenerative amplifier, developed as a pump laser for a kilohertz repetition rate OPCPA. At a repetition rate of 1 kHz, the compressed output of the regenerative amplifier has a pulse duration of 1.2 ps and pulse energy of 90 mJ with energy stability of σ < 0.8% and M2 < 1.2. The pulses are frequency doubled in an LBO crystal yielding 42 mJ at 515 nm. PMID:27136770

  9. Two-millijoule, 1-kHz, 355-nm picosecond laser pulse generation in LiBO crystal

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    Chen, Liyuan; Bai, Zhenxu; Pan, Yunlong; Chen, Meng; Li, Gang

    2013-08-01

    A third-harmonic-generation picosecond pulse with several millijoules per pulse at 355 nm has been achieved by nonlinear optical materials LiB3O5 (LBO). The single pulse energy of third harmonic was up to 2 mJ at the repetition rate of 1 kHz. The conversion efficiency was up to 33.3% from 1064 to 355 nm with the M2 factor of 2.4. The system is based on a Nd:YAG regenerative amplifier with a simple double-pass post-amplifier.

  10. EFFECT OF LASER LIGHT ON MATTER. LASER PLASMAS: X-ray spectral diagnostics of plasmas heated by picosecond laser pulses

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    Bryunetkin, B. A.; Skobelev, I. Yu; Faenov, A. Ya; Khakhalin, S. Ya; Kalashnikov, M. P.; Nickles, P. V.; Schnürer, M.

    1993-06-01

    The properties of a magnesium plasma heated by picosecond laser pulses have been determined by x-ray spectral methods. Experiments were carried out at a laser power density ~ 1.5 · 1018 W/cm2. The x-ray spectra were detected by spectrographs with a plane CsAP crystal and a mica crystal bent into part of a spherical surface 10 cm in radius. The experimental data are compared with predictions of a calculation on the time-varying kinetics of multiply charged magnesium ions.

  11. Electron temperature in transient plasmas from quasi-steady ratio of isoelectronic lines: application to picosecond and subpicosecond plasmas

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    Marjoribanks, R. S.; Budnik, F. W.; Chen, H.; Meyerhofer, D. D.

    1996-02-01

    We have extended the technique of plasma temperature measurement by ratio of isoelectronic lines, recently developed with nanosecond laser plasmas, to the diagnosis of picosecond and subpicosecond plasmas. We have found a major benefit-particularly for short-pulse laser plasmas-that even where level populations are far from steady-state values, the ratio of isoelectronic lines may be nearly steady state, which considerably simplifies interpretation. We describe theoretical and experimental investigations for plasmas created from solid targets by 100-fs-10-ps high-intensity laser pulses and report the experimental application of the technique to lambda =1.05 - mu m laser pulses at 1016 W cm -2 .

  12. Observation of coherently enhanced tunable narrow-band terahertz transition radiation from a relativistic sub-picosecond electron bunch train

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    Piot, P.; Sun, Y. -E; Maxwell, T. J.; Ruan, J.; Lumpkin, A. H.; Rihaoui, M. M.; Thurman-Keup, R.

    2011-06-27

    We experimentally demonstrate the production of narrow-band (δf/f ~ =20% at f ~ = 0.5 THz) THz transition radiation with tunable frequency over [0.37, 0.86] THz. The radiation is produced as a train of sub-picosecond relativistic electron bunches transits at the vacuum-aluminum interface of an aluminum converter screen. In addition, we show a possible application of modulated beams to extend the dynamical range of a popular bunch length diagnostic technique based on the spectral analysis of coherent radiation.

  13. Investigations on the nonlinear optical response and losses of toluene at 532 and 1064 nm in the picosecond regime

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    Boudebs, Georges; Wang, Hongzhen; Cassagne, Christophe; Leblond, Hervé; de Araújo, Cid B.

    2016-05-01

    The nonlinear (NL) response of toluene was investigated at 1064 and 532 nm using a Nd:YAG laser delivering pulses in the picosecond regime and its second harmonic. The experiments were performed using the Z-scan D4σ technique. Two different regimes were identified for both wavelengths used: at moderate intensities, NL refractive indices of third- and fifth-order were measured, while above certain intensity, NL losses were phenomenologically estimated according to a cubic intensity dependency. This absorption is mainly attributed to multiphoton ionization. The observed saturation behavior for large intensities indicates the important contribution of free-carriers generation.

  14. [Emergency contraception].

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    Bastianelli, C; Farris, M; Di Miscia, A

    2006-06-01

    A specific formulation has been approved for use in Italy for emergency contraception (EC) in 2000. As expected, marketing of this levonorgestrel (LNG) only formulation has been accompanied by an increased interest and, often, controversies leading to even strong opposition on the part of those ethically opposed to the use of any method that may act after fertilization. At present, several trials on the exact mechanism of action and safety have been conducted, giving good reason for simplifying access, providing it free or over the counter, in several European countries. EC, also known as ''the morning after pill'' or postcoital contraception, is a modality of preventing the establishment of an unwanted pregnancy after unprotected intercourse and thus, probably, of reducing the number of voluntary pregnancy terminations. Two different forms are available: the hormonal and the intrauterine. Hormonal estrogen only EC was first proposed in the 60s and in 1974 Yuzpe following his studies proposed for the first time his combined regimen, that showed better efficacy and lower side effects. More recently, a new regimen, consisting of LNG, administered alone at the dose of 1.5 mg, was introduced and found in clinical trials to be more effective than the Yuzpe regimen, if taken as early as possible, within 72 h, thereby replacing the latter in common use. Mechanism of action of both hormonal preparations used for EC is inhibiting or delaying ovulation, therefore a prefertilization action. No effect has been reported on the process of implantation nor on an ongoing pregnancy. The WHO have developed a third regimen based on the use of the selective progesterone receptor modulator (antiprogestin) Mifepristone and conducted trials with different dosages, reporting similar efficacy and safety compared to LNG. Intrauterine EC was first proposed by Lippes in 1976. It has the advantage of being effective if inserted within 5 days after unprotected intercourse and the disadvantage

  15. Coherent electro-optical detection of THz-wave generated from synchronously pumped picosecond THz parametric oscillator

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    Takida, Yuma; Ohira, Tatsuya; Tadokoro, Yuzuru; Kumagai, Hiroshi; Nashima, Shigeki

    2012-02-01

    Terahertz (THz) radiation via parametric down-conversion of optical pulses in a nonlinear optical crystal is an attractive way to develop frequency tunable THz-wave sources. Therefore, we have focused on developing low-laser-powerpumped THz-wave parametric sources and then successfully demonstrated a synchronously-pumped picosecond THz parametric oscillator (TPO) in pump-enhanced idler-resonant cavity with a bulk 5 mol% MgO-doped lithium niobate (MgO:LN) crystal. In this paper, toward coherent electro-optical (EO) detection of THz waves generated from our synchronously pumped picosecond TPO, we reported time-domain measurements of the THz electric fields using a bowtie- shaped low-temperature grown gallium arsenide (LT-GaAs) photoconductive (PC) antenna as a THz detector. As a result, we obtained temporal waveforms of the THz electric pulses, for the different number of Si-prism couplers, and then found that the radiated THz waves separated multiple unanticipated pulses by use of the arrayed-prism coupling technique. Also, we compared the time-domain system with a Fourier transform Michelson interferometer using a highresistance silicon (Si) beam splitter, from the some viewpoints. The present results reveal great prospects for the realization of THz spectroscopy and imaging applications using our THz-wave source.

  16. All-fiber wavelength-tunable picosecond nonlinear reflectivity measurement setup for characterization of semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors

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    Viskontas, K.; Rusteika, N.

    2016-09-01

    Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) is the key component for many passively mode-locked ultrafast laser sources. Particular set of nonlinear parameters is required to achieve self-starting mode-locking or avoid undesirable q-switch mode-locking for the ultra-short pulse laser. In this paper, we introduce a novel all-fiber wavelength-tunable picosecond pulse duration setup for the measurement of nonlinear properties of saturable absorber mirrors at around 1 μm center wavelength. The main advantage of an all-fiber configuration is the simplicity of measuring the fiber-integrated or fiber-pigtailed saturable absorbers. A tunable picosecond fiber laser enables to investigate the nonlinear parameters at different wavelengths in ultrafast regime. To verify the capability of the setup, nonlinear parameters for different SESAMs with low and high modulation depth were measured. In the operating wavelength range 1020-1074 nm, <1% absolute nonlinear reflectivity accuracy was demonstrated. Achieved fluence range was from 100 nJ/cm2 to 2 mJ/cm2 with corresponding intensity from 10 kW/cm2 to 300 MW/cm2.

  17. Rate-equation model for quantitative concentration measurements in flames with picosecond pump-probe absorption spectroscopy.

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    Fiechtner, G J; King, G B; Laurendeau, N M

    1995-02-20

    Measurement of radical concentrations is important in understanding the chemical kinetics involved in combustion. Application of optical techniques allows for the nonintrusive determination of specific radical concentrations. One of the most challenging problems for investigators is to obtain flame data that are independent of the collisional environment. We seek to obviate this difficulty by the use of picosecond pump-probe absorption spectroscopy. A picosecond pump-probe absorption model is developed by rate-equation analysis. Implications are discussed for a laser-pulse width that is much smaller than the excited-state lifetime of the absorbing atom or molecule. The possibility of quantitative, quenching-independent concentration measurements is discussed, and detection limits for atomic sodium and the hydroxyl radical are estimated. For a three-level absorber-emitter, the model leads to a novel pump-probe strategy, called dual-beam asynchronous optical sampling, that can be used to obtain both the electronic quenching-rate coefficient and the doublet mixing-rate coefficient during a single measurement. We discuss the successful demonstration of the technique in a companion paper [Appl. Opt. 34, XXX (1995)]. PMID:21037640

  18. Effect of different parameters on machining of SiC/SiC composites via pico-second laser

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    Li, Weinan; Zhang, Ruoheng; Liu, Yongsheng; Wang, Chunhui; Wang, Jing; Yang, Xiaojun; Cheng, Laifei

    2016-02-01

    Pico-second laser plays an important role in modern machining technology, especially in machining high hardness materials. In this article, pico-second laser was utilized for irradiation on SiC/SiC composites, and effects of different processing parameters including the machining modes and laser power were discussed in detail. The results indicated that the machining modes and laser power had great effect on machining of SiC/SiC composites. Different types of surface morphology and structure were observed under helical line scanning and single ring line scanning, and the analysis of their formulation was discussed in detail. It was believed that the machining modes would be responsible to the different shapes of machining results at the same parameters. The processing power shall also influence the surface morphology and quality of machining results. In micro-hole drilling process, large amount of debris and fragments were observed within the micro-holes, and XPS analysis showed that there existed Si-O bonds and Si-C bonds, indicating that the oxidation during processing was incomplete. Other surface morphology, such as pores and pits were discussed as well.

  19. A UV-Visible-NIR fluorescence lifetime imaging microscope for laser-based biological sensing with picosecond resolution

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    Urayama, P.; Zhong, W.; Beamish, J. A.; Minn, F. K.; Sloboda, R. D.; Dragnev, K. H.; Dmitrovsky, E.; Mycek, M.-A.

    This article describes the design and characterization of a wide-field, time-domain fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) system developed for picosecond time-resolved biological imaging. The system consists of a nitrogen-pumped dye laser for UV-visible-NIR excitation (337.1-960 nm), an epi-illuminated microscope with UV compatible optics, and a time-gated intensified CCD camera with an adjustable gate width (200 ps-10-3 s) for temporally resolved, single-photon detection of fluorescence decays with 9.6-bit intensity resolution and 1.4-μm spatial resolution. Intensity measurements used for fluorescence decay calculations are reproducible to within 2%, achieved by synchronizing the ICCD gate delay to the excitation laser pulse via a constant fraction optical discriminator and picosecond delay card. A self-consistent FLIM system response model is presented, allowing for fluorescence lifetimes (0.6 ns) significantly smaller than the FLIM system response (1.14 ns) to be determined to 3% of independently determined values. The FLIM system was able to discriminate fluorescence lifetime differences of at least 50 ps. The spectral tunability and large temporal dynamic range of the system are demonstrated by imaging in living human cells: UV-excited endogenous fluorescence from metabolic cofactors (lifetime 1.4 ns) and 460-nm excited fluorescence from an exogenous oxygen-quenched ruthenium dye (lifetime 400 ns).

  20. Compact KGd(WO4)2 picosecond pulse-train synchronously pumped broadband Raman laser.

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    Gao, Xiao Qiang; Long, Ming Liang; Meng, Chen

    2016-08-20

    We demonstrate an efficient approach to realizing an extra-cavity, synchronously pumped, stimulated Raman cascaded process under low repetition frequency (1 kHz) pump conditions. We also construct a compact KGd(WO4)2 (KGW) crystal picosecond Raman laser that has been configured as the developed method. A pulse-train green laser pumped the corresponding 70 mm long KGW crystal Raman cavity. The pulse train contains six pulses, about 800 ps separated, for every millisecond; thus, it can realize synchronous pumping between pump pulse and the pumped Raman cavity. The investigated system produced a collinear Raman laser output that includes six laser lines covering the 532 to 800 nm spectra. This is the first report on an all-solid-state, high-average-power picosecond collinear multi-wavelength (more than three laser components) laser to our knowledge. This method has never been reported on before in the synchronously pumped stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) realm. PMID:27556971

  1. Photoisomerization mechanism of the rhodopsin chromophore: picosecond photolysis of pigment containing 11-cis-locked eight-membered ring retinal.

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    Mizukami, T; Kandori, H; Shichida, Y; Chen, A H; Derguini, F; Caldwell, C G; Biffe, C F; Nakanishi, K; Yoshizawa, T

    1993-01-01

    The primary photochemical event in rhodopsin is an 11-cis to 11-trans photoisomerization of its retinylidene chromophore to form the primary intermediate photorhodopsin. Earlier picosecond studies have shown that no intermediate is formed when the retinal 11-ene is fixed through a bridging five-membered ring, whereas a photorhodopsin-like intermediate is formed when it is fixed through a flexible seven-membered ring. Results from a rhodopsin analog formed from a retinal with locked 11-ene structure through the more flexible eight-membered ring (Ret8) are described. Incubation of bovine opsin with Ret8 formed two pigments absorbing at 425 nm (P425) and 500 nm (P500). P425, however, is an artifact because it formed from thermally denatured opsin or other proteins and Ret8. Excitation of P500 with a picosecond green pulse led to formation of two intermediates corresponding to photo- and bathorhodopsins. These results demonstrate that an appearance of early intermediates is dependent on the flexibility of the 11-ene and that the photoisomerization of P500 proceeds by stepwise changes of chromophore-protein interaction, which in turn leads to a relaxation of the highly twisted all-trans-retinylidene chromophore in photorhodopsin. PMID:8483923

  2. Picosecond-nanosecond bulk damage of fused silica at 1064nm

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    Smith, Arlee V.; Do, Binh T.

    2008-10-01

    We are interested in maximizing the performance of fiber lasers and amplifiers, particularly for amplification of ps-ns pulses. The observed pulse energies from large mode area fiber amplifiers routinely exceed the reported bulk damage threshold of silica. We have undertaken a program to establish the intrinsic damage thresholds of silica that are relevant for fiber applications. We use a single transverse / single longitudinal mode Q-switched Nd:YAG laser focused to an 8-µm spot several Rayleigh ranges deep in silica windows for the nanosecond measurement, and a Q-switched, mode locked Nd:YAG laser for the picoseconds measurements. Our key findings include: 1. The damage threshold is deterministic rather than statistical for both ns and ps pulses. The threshold varies less than 1% from location to location. 2. The intrinsic damage threshold of silica is 475+/-25 GW/cm2 (fluence = 3850 J/cm2) for 8 ns pulses and approximately 3 times higher for 14 ps pulses. 3. There is no difference in damage thresholds among Corning's A0, B1, C1, D1, D2, and D5 grades of silica. 4. A tight focus is required to avoid large self focusing corrections and to avoid SBS for the 8-ns pulses. 5. Damage morphologies are reproducible from pulse to pulse but change with focal spot size and pulse duration. In all cases, damage appears to begin exactly at the focus and then move upstream approximately one Rayleigh range. 6. The dependence of the damage threshold fluence on pulse duration is nearly linear for pulse durations longer than 50 ps. The square root of duration dependence reported by several investigators for the 50 ps to 10 ns range is refuted. 7. The variation of damage fluence with pulse duration from 20 fs to 20 ns and beyond is well described by a single electron avalanche rate equation with three fixed rates for the avalanche, multiphoton ionization, and electron recombination terms. 8. Our damage threshold is consistent with the most reliable DC field breakdown threshold. 9

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  7. All-optical programmable shaping of narrow-band nanosecond pulses with picosecond accuracy by use of adapted chirps and quadratic nonlinearities.

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    Ribeyre, X; Rouyer, C; Raoult, F; Husson, D; Sauteret, C; Migus, A

    2001-08-01

    We experimentally demonstrate pure optical pulse picosecond shaping of narrow-bandwidth nanosecond pulses. The method used is based on the manipulation in the spectral domain of strongly chirped femtosecond pulses and on the use of either frequency addition or frequency difference. PMID:18049553

  8. Picosecond infrared study of intramolecular energy transfer in [(phen)(CO){sub 3}Re{sup I}(NC)Ru{sup II}(CN)(bpy){sub 2}]{sup +}

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    Dyer, R.B.; Peterson, K.A.; Gordon, K.C.; Woodruff, W.H.; Schoonover, J.R.; Meyer, T.J.; Bignozzi, C.A.

    1992-03-01

    The dynamics and mechanism of intramolecular energy transfer in [(phen)(CO){sub 3}Re{sup I}(NC)Ru{sup II}(CN)(bpy){sub 2}]+ following metal-to-ligand charge transfer excitation have been studied using picosecond infrared spectroscopy.

  9. Picosecond infrared study of intramolecular energy transfer in ((phen)(CO) sub 3 Re sup I (NC)Ru sup II (CN)(bpy) sub 2 ) sup +

    SciTech Connect

    Dyer, R.B.; Peterson, K.A.; Gordon, K.C.; Woodruff, W.H. ); Schoonover, J.R.; Meyer, T.J. . Dept. of Chemistry); Bignozzi, C.A. )

    1992-01-01

    The dynamics and mechanism of intramolecular energy transfer in ((phen)(CO){sub 3}Re{sup I}(NC)Ru{sup II}(CN)(bpy){sub 2})+ following metal-to-ligand charge transfer excitation have been studied using picosecond infrared spectroscopy.

  10. Multiemission wavelength picosecond time-resolved fluorescence decay data obtained on the millisecond time scale: application to protein:DNA interactions and protein-folding reactions

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    Beechem, Joseph M.

    1992-04-01

    One of the major aspects of fluorescence spectroscopy which differentiates this technique from many other spectroscopic approaches is the inherent multidimensional nature of the data. For instance, the basic pulsed-laser fluorescence data set is characterized by fluorescence versus: emission wavelength, polarization state (parallel and perpendicular intensities), time of emission (picoseconds to nanoseconds), and time of biological reaction (milliseconds to minutes). Usually, this six-dimensional data set is obtained piecemeal, single dimension at a time; often complete data sets are not even collected. This is especially true of the biological time scale axis. Data acquisition times for picosecond decay data are typically seconds to minutes, and, therefore, it has not been generally possible to perform this experiment in a kinetic mode. What is described in this report is the construction of a parallel multichannel time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) fluorometer which is capable of simultaneous collection of: fluorescence vs. picosecond to nanosecond time vs. emission wavelength vs. polarization state vs. millisecond to second time. Use is made of two multi-anode microchannel plate detectors, each obtaining data at two different polarization states, six different emission wavelengths, along 12 independent TCSPC channels. This instrument is interfaced to a three-syringe stepper motor controlled stop-flow apparatus, and picosecond decay data along all of these channels is stored and collected by two 33 MHz 80486 computers at rates approaching 1200 - 12000 data sets per second.

  11. High efficiency picosecond pulse generation in the 675-930 nm region from a dye laser synchronously pumped by an argon-ion laser. Technical report

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    Bado, P.; Dupuy, C.; Wilson, K.R.; Boggy, R.; Bowen, J.

    1983-04-01

    Picosecond pulses tunable from 675 to 930 micrometers have been obtained from a dye-laser synchronously pumped at 514.5 micrometers by a mode-locked Argon-ion laser. Peak energy conversion efficiencies between 10% and 29% are observed with pulse durations between 1.7 ps and 16 ps as measured by autocorrelation.

  12. Picosecond study of energy transfer between rhodamine 6G and 3,3'-diethylthiacarbocyanine iodide in the premicellar region: förster mechanism with increased local concentration

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    Sato, Hiroyasu; Kusumoto, Yoshihumi; Nakashima, Nobuaki; Yoshihara, Keitaro

    1980-04-01

    The mechanism of enhancement in the energy transfer between rhodamine 6G and 3,3'-diethylthiacarbocyanine iodide by sodium lauryl sulfate in the premicellar region was studied by a picosecond laser technique. The Forster mechanism with an increased local concentration suggesting dye-rich induced micelle formation was concluded from the shape of the decay curve.

  13. Incubation and nanostructure formation on n- and p-type Si(1 0 0) and Si(1 1 1) at various doping levels induced by sub-nanojoule femto- and picosecond near-infrared laser pulses

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    Schüle, M.; Afshar, M.; Feili, D.; Seidel, H.; König, K.; Straub, M.

    2014-09-01

    N- and p-doped Si(1 0 0) and Si(1 1 1) surfaces with dopant concentrations of 2 × 1014-1 × 1019 cm-3 were irradiated by tightly focused 85-MHz repetition rate Ti:sapphire laser light (central wavelength 800 nm, bandwidth 120 nm) at pulse durations of 12 fs to 1.6 ps. Dependent on pulse peak intensity and exposure time nanorifts, ripples of period 130 nm as well as sponge-like randomly nanoporous surface structures were generated with water immersion and, thereafter, laid bare by etching off aggregated oxide nanoparticles. The same structure types emerged in air or water with transform-limited 100-fs pulses. At a pulse length of 12 fs pronounced incubation occurred with incubation coefficients S = 0.66-0.85, whereas incubation was diminished for picosecond pulses (S > 0.95). The ablation threshold strongly rose with dopant concentration. At similar doping level it was higher for n-type than for p-type samples and for Si(1 0 0) compared to Si(1 1 1) surfaces. These observations are attributed to laser-induced defect states in the bandgap which participate in photoexcitation, deactivation of dopants by complex formation, and different densities of interface states at the boundary with the ultrathin native silicon dioxide surface layer. The threshold increase with pulse length revealed predominant single-photon excitation as well as multiphoton absorption.

  14. Surface nano-texturing of silicon by picosecond laser irradiation through TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Babu, K. E. Sarath Raghavendra; Duraiselvam, Muthukannan

    2015-10-01

    This article presents, nano-texturing of crystalline silicon by irradiating picosecond laser with variable spatial intensity, caused by optically non-linear TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTA). Along with micro-scale surface structure, highly ordered laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) was observed at nano-scale. The periodicity (Λ) of the LIPSS generated was near to the laser wavelength (532 nm). Surface morphology at micro-level was characterized by optical microscopy (OM) and white light interferometer (WLI) and at the nano-scale by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The results highlight the potential use of TNTA as a single step process to produce micro/nanostructures without any gas/liquid medium under ambient condition.

  15. Megahertz-level, high-power picosecond Nd:LuVO4 regenerative amplifier free of period doubling.

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    Gao, Peng; Lin, Hua; Li, Jinfeng; Guo, Jie; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Liang, Xiaoyan

    2016-06-27

    We report on a high repetition rate, high-power picosecond Nd:LuVO4 regenerative amplifier. Period doubling caused energy instability was eliminated at megahertz-level repetition rate with the modified seeding source. A multi-pass cell was used to improve the seed pulse energy to achieve complete suppression of the onset of bifurcation. At a maximum repetition rate of 1.43 MHz, the system produced 7.0-ps-long pulses with an average output power of 25.1 W, corresponding to a pulse energy of 17.6 μJ. At 100 kHz, the pulse energy increased to 205 μJ with an average power of 20.5 W. Moreover, the injected pulses with pulse duration of 5.1 ps broadened to 8.9 ps because of gain narrowing in the amplifier. PMID:27410559

  16. Low-noise, high-brightness, tunable source of picosecond pulsed light in the near-infrared and visible.

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    Mosley, Peter J; Bateman, Samuel A; Lavoute, Laure; Wadsworth, William J

    2011-12-01

    We have built a flexible source of picosecond pulsed light in both the near-infrared and visible spectral regions. A photonic crystal fiber (PCF) was pumped with a pulsed 1064 nm fiber laser to generate four-wave mixing (FWM) sidebands at 947 nm and 1213 nm. This process was seeded at the idler wavelength with a tunable diode laser to limit the spectral width of the sidebands to less than 0.5 nm. Subsequently the idler was mixed efficiently with the residual pump in a nonlinear crystal to yield their sum frequency at 567 nm. All three outputs were tunable by adjusting the seed wavelength and all had very low pulse-to-pulse amplitude noise. This technique could be extended to different wavelength ranges by selecting different seed lasers and PCF. PMID:22273925

  17. Far-field infrared super-resolution microscopy using picosecond time-resolved transient fluorescence detected IR spectroscopy

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    Sakai, Makoto; Kawashima, Yasutake; Takeda, Akihiro; Ohmori, Tsutomu; Fujii, Masaaki

    2007-05-01

    A new far-field infrared super-resolution microscopy combining laser fluorescence microscope and picosecond time-resolved transient fluorescence detected IR (TFD-IR) spectroscopy is proposed. TFD-IR spectroscopy is a kind of IR-visible/UV double resonance spectroscopy, and detects IR transitions by the transient fluorescence due to electronic transition originating from vibrationally excited level populated by IR light. IR images of rhodamine-6G solution and of fluorescent beads were clearly observed by monitoring the transient fluorescence. Super-resolution twice higher than the diffraction limit for IR light was achieved. The IR spectrum due to the transient fluorescence was also measured from spatial domains smaller than the diffraction limit.

  18. High-Brightness Picosecond Proton Beam Source Based on BNL TW CO2 Laser: Proof-of-Principle Experiments

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    Pogorelsky, I. V.; Pavlishin, I. V.; Yakimenko, V.; Shkolnikov, P. L.; Pukhov, A.

    2006-11-27

    We initiate study of a high-brightness multi-MeV ion and proton beam source driven by a picosecond CO2 laser. High-energy, collimated particle beams will originate from the rear surface of laser-irradiated foils by a process called Target Normal Sheath Acceleration (TNSA). The expected advantage of using a CO2 gas laser for this application rather than the ultra-fast solid state lasers is the 100-fold increase of the electron ponderomotive potential for the same laser intensity due to a 10 times longer CO2 laser wavelength. This promises to provide substantial enhancement in energy efficiency and particle yield, and will facilitate the advancement of the TNSA technique towards practical applications.

  19. High energy green nanosecond and picosecond pulse delivery through a negative curvature fiber for precision micro-machining.

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    Jaworski, Piotr; Yu, Fei; Carter, Richard M; Knight, Jonathan C; Shephard, Jonathan D; Hand, Duncan P

    2015-04-01

    In this paper we present an anti-resonant guiding, low-loss Negative Curvature Fiber (NCF) for the efficient delivery of high energy short (ns) and ultrashort (ps) pulsed laser light in the green spectral region. The fabricated NCF has an attenuation of 0.15 dB/m and 0.18 dB/m at 532 nm and 515 nm respectively, and provided robust transmission of nanosecond and picosecond pulses with energies of 0.57 mJ (10.4 kW peak power) and 30 µJ (5 MW peak power) respectively. It provides single-mode, stable (low bend-sensitivity) output and maintains spectral and temporal properties of the source laser beam. The practical application of fiber-delivered pulses has been demonstrated in precision micro-machining and marking of metals and glass. PMID:25968688

  20. Yb:YAG single-crystal fiber amplifiers for picosecond lasers using the divided pulse amplification technique.

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    Lesparre, Fabien; Gomes, Jean Thomas; Délen, Xavier; Martial, Igor; Didierjean, Julien; Pallmann, Wolfgang; Resan, Bojan; Druon, Frederic; Balembois, François; Georges, Patrick

    2016-04-01

    A two-stage master-oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) system based on Yb:YAG single-crystal-fiber (SCF) technology and designed for high peak power is studied to significantly increase the pulse energy of a low-power picosecond laser. The first SCF amplifier has been designed for high gain. Using a gain medium optimized in terms of doping concentration and length, an optical gain of 32 dB has been demonstrated. The second amplifier stage designed for high energy using the divided pulse technique allows us to generate a recombined output pulse energy of 2 mJ at 12.5 kHz with a pulse duration of 6 ps corresponding to a peak power of 320 MW. Average powers ranging from 25 to 55 W with repetition rates varying from 12.5 to 500 kHz have been demonstrated. PMID:27192304