Key, M.H., Barr, J.R.M., Barzanti, L., Chang, Z., Damerell, A.R., Danson, C.N., Edwards, C.B., Evans, J.M., Hancock, S., Hanna, D.C., Hooker, C.J., Houliston, J.R., Hutchinson, M.H.R., Kidd, A.K., Luan, S., Mercer, I.P., New, G.H.C., Norreys, P.A., Osvay, K., Pepler, D.A. and Rodkiss, D.
Generation of ultrabright beams in high energy Nd:glass and KrF laser systems.
Perry, M.D. and Corkum, P. (eds.)
OSA Proceedings on Short Wavelength V: Physics with Intense Laser Pulses.
Optical Society of America.
The development of ultrabright lasers is progressing rapidly particularly in the direction of table-top-terawatt systems operating at high pulse repetition rate with relatively low pulse energy. The highest pulse energies and highest absolute powers are being generated by the adaptation of larger-scale high energy laser systems operating in single pulse mode. The maximum focused intensity from either type of laser is determined by the beam brightness B which can be expressed in units of Watts cm where P is the power, lambda the wavelength and S the Strehl ratio, quantifying the ratio of brightness in a beam with less than diffraction limited quality to that in a diffraction limited beam.
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