The generation of a quasi-single-cycle laser light pulse is a goal in many laser applications experiments. Some involve in High Harmonic Generation (HHG) and Attosecond Sciences. The demand for ultrafast laser facilities has grown; the techniques and availability of materials have changed; thereby posing new design challenges in building Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) laser facilities. The concepts and challenges are discussed in detail in the development of two laser systems within the Laser Plasma Laboratory, HERACLES and PhaSTHEUS. This dissertation also gives insight to the challenges that are encountered in other cutting edge OPCPA laser facilities. An overview of the design challenges that need to be addressed in any OPCPA laser facility either high energy or high average power that is suitable for high intensity laser physics is discussed in this dissertation.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
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Doctoral Dissertation (Campus-only Access)
Bodnar, Nathan, "Design and Engineering Criteria for Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplifier Systems" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6065.