Ultra-high Contrast Third-order Autocorrelator TUNDRA

Ultra-high Contrast Third-order Autocorrelator TUNDRA
Measurement Ultra-high Contrast Third-order Autocorrelator TUNDRA

Our third-order autocorrelator measures laser pulse contrast with the highest commercially available dynamic range of up to 12 orders of magnitude. This extreme level of sensitivity allows to identify even lowest background signals and trace tiniest pre- and post-pulse replica for high-field experiments and plasma physics. Its sequential scheme with all-reflective optics ensures measurements without the typical ghost-pulse artefacts. The Tundra reaches its spectacular sensitivity already at 100-200 μJ input energy, making it possible for complex laser systems to search the sources of background contamination already in low-energy stages. The autocorrelator is available for 800 nm and 1030 nm, for a huge range of pulse durations from <20 fs to several picoseconds. With its unique delay range of up to 4 ns the Tundra can find even strongly displaced pre-pulses rising in laser amplification stages from components like Pockels cells or the like.

Highlights:

  • Up to 12 orders of magnitude dynamic range with < 200 μJ input pulse energy
  • No ghost pulse artefacts
  • Up to 3.85 ns scan range
  • Customizable time zero positon
  • Input pulse durations from <20 fs to 3 ps
  • Available wavelengths: 800 nm, 1030 nm, others upon request
  • Easy to setup and align
  • Full user-friendly sofware package
Tundra 4 ns contrast measurements at 1030 nm featuring a 3850 ps delay range, here shifted to negative delays to maximize information about pre-pulses.

Tundra 4 ns contrast measurements at 1030 nm featuring a 3850 ps delay range, here shifted to negative delays to maximize information about pre-pulses. Top: 200 fs, 100 kHz, 200 W high-power amplifier at LEX (Garching, Germany). Bottom: 1.5 ps, 3 kHz pump laser at MPQ (Garching, Germany).

Reference Measurements:

Tundra autocorrelators have been used sucessfully to characterize some of the most powerful and unique Terawatt or Petawatt and high-power laser systems in the world, including

References:

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