Laser Systems Development for the SLAC Linac Coherent Light Source Photoinjector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-04ER83987
Award Id:
69209
Agency Tracking Number:
76244S04-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4699 Nautilus Court South, Unit 205, Boulder, CO, 80304
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Sterling Backus
Dr.
(303) 544-9068
sbackus@kmlabs.com
Business Contact:
Henry Kapteyn
Dr.
(303) 544-9068
hkapteyn@kmlabs.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
76244-New-generation accelerators such as the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC will require new, high-performance laser-driven photoinjectors. This will require a substantial advance in the state-of-the-art for ultrafast laser technology, in order to obtain the required pulse energy, shape and duration, and average power. In this project, a laser system will be designed and constructed to provide light pulses of 10 psec duration (0.5 psec rise/fall) and greater than 25 mJ pulse energy at 800 nm and 120 Hz, for generation of UV pulses to drive the photoinjector. Phase I will upgrade existing design codes in order to: (1) simulate the generation, propagation, and frequency upconversion of a pulse with the required temporal shape; and (2) study thermal loading in the various laser amplifiers. If feasible, proof-of-principle experiments will be conducted to verify pulse-shaping issues. A suitable overall laser design will be developed, with implementation in Phase II to allow for a study of pulse-shape, beam quality, and pulse stability issues. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should be useful for a variety of applications in both research and industry, including photoinjectors for various accelerators and large-scale light sources, research in ultrafast materials dynamics, and precision micromachining.

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