Trident Laser Laboratory
The Trident Laser Laboratory is dedicated to conducting experiments requiring high-energy laser-light pulses. The facility provides a neodymium-glass laser driver, high-vacuum target chamber, basic optical and x-ray diagnostics suite, and ancillary equipment and facilities.
In addition to the laser, users have access to a suite of target diagnostics including laser backscatter spectral and temporal diagnostics, x-ray streak cameras, and several x-ray framing cameras with 80 ps frames (16 total spread over typically 1 ns).
Users also have access to a darkroom, office space, computing facilities, target fabrication services, and the expertise of the facility's scientific and technical staff.
The services and equipment provided by the facility enable the user to perform his/her research under optimal conditions. During any experiment, the facility and its staff are largely dedicated to that experiment, creating a user-friendly atmosphere praised by outside users. We encourage new partnership activities especially for studies of atomic physics, high-energy-density physics, and x-ray illumination of centimeter-scale samples.
The facility includes a neodymium-glass laser (1054-nm fundamental wavelength) with three beams. The two main drive beams are normally frequency-doubled to a 527-nm wavelength. The third beam has about half the energy of the two main beams and is typically used as a radiography source for x-ray backlighting or as an optical probe to study targets driven by the main beam. At 527 nm, each main beam produces 50 joules in 100 ps or up to 250 joules in 1 ns on target. In a separate target area, the system can produce several-joules pulses of 1054 or 527 nm with pulse widths as short as 0.4 ps.
For more information see the Trident Laser Web Site
The Trident Laser User Facility provides OPEN access to users.