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ReLaX: the Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields high-intensity short-pulse laser driver for relativistic laser–matter interaction and strong-field science using the high energy density instrument at the European X-ray free electron laser facility

Laso García, A.; Höppner, H.; Pelka, A.; Bähtz, C.; Brambrink, E.; Di Dio Cafiso, S. D.; Dreyer, J.; Göde, S.; Hassan, M. K. Y.; Kluge, T.; Liu, J.; Makita, M.; Möller, D.; Nakatsutsumi, M.; Preston, T. R.; Priebe, G.; Schlenvoigt, H.-P.; Schwinkendorf, J.-P.; Smid, M.; Talposi, A.-M.; Toncian, M.; Zastrau, U.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T.; Toncian, T.

High-energy and high-intensity lasers are essential for pushing the boundaries of science. Their development has allowed leaps forward in basic research areas, including laser–plasma interaction, high-energy density science, metrology, biology and medical technology. The Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields user consortium contributes and operates two high-peak-power optical lasers using the high energy density instrument at the European X-ray free electron laser (EuXFEL) facility. These lasers will be used to generate transient extreme states of density and temperature to be probed by the X-ray beam. This paper introduces the ReLaX laser, a short-pulse high-intensity Ti:Sa laser system, and discusses its characteristics as available for user experiments. It will also present the first experimental commissioning results validating its successful integration into the EuXFEL infrastructure and viability as a relativistic-intensity laser driver.

Keywords: X-ray Free Electron Laser; High-intensity laser; relativistic intensity laser; Ti:Sa laser

  • Open Access Logo High Power Laser Science and Engineering 9(2021), e59
    Online First (2021) DOI: 10.1017/hpl.2021.47

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Publ.-Id: 33817