Leading optical technology solutions provider, Cycle GmbH and Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM) have signed a contract for the optical timing distribution system of the 100 PW Laser for the Station of Extreme Light (SEL), which will be a part of Shanghai High Repetition Rate X-Ray Free-Electron Laser (XFEL) and Extreme Light Facility (SHINE).
Pairing the hard XFEL and the world-leading 100 PW laser in SEL will enable exploration of effects such as vacuum birefringence, one of the most prominent strong-field quantum electrodynamic effects, acceleration mechanisms leading to ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, simulation of black hole physics, and generation of new forms of matter. The parameters of SEL are well beyond other existing PW lasers. The coherent x-ray energy from SHINE is in the area of 3 to 15 keV (hard x-rays) produced from the superconducting XFEL. The photon count per pulse of this XFEL is 1012. Its pulse focus-ability is 200 nm with an energy resolution of 0.6 eV. X-ray intensity at focus is as high as 1021 W/cm2.