Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals



560 TW peak power has been achieved experimentally using a Cr:forsterite master oscillator at 1250 nm, a stretcher, three optical parametrical amplifiers based on KD*P crystals providing 38 J energy in the chirped pulse at 910 nm central wavelength, and a vacuum compressor providing 43 fs pulse duration. To our knowledge, it is a world-record OPCPA system and one of the five most powerful laser systems currently available. (© 2007 by Astro Ltd., Published exclusively by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA)