Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Realigning the laser pulse stretcher

It's very hard to increase the output energy from the second amplifier, even optimizing the cavity more carefully. The problem might come from the front end, we traced the beam and found it's very weak after the stretcher. So it took time to realign the laser path and made the dim laser dot became very bright.

The first amplifier output energy without the saturater was around 5 mV (normally ~4 mV), it's about more than 2 mV with the saturater (normally ~1 mV). The output from second amplifier reached about 400 mV. The beam was delivered into the spatial filter and measured the profile using the CCD camera. The diffraction pattern indicated there was a dust or damage on some mirror surface.

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