The NanoMovie project started in November 2016, when cofounding through the European Regional Development Fund could be secured. The laboratory is currently under construction. When operational, the NanoMovie laboratory will enable fundamental and applied research with ultrashort soft x-rays pulses. Focus areas are
- nanospectroscopy and scattering with soft X-rays
- study of dynamical processes at the nanometer scale
- providing an experiment and testing platform for external users,
- development of laser-based soft x-ray technology
The project comprises the development of suitable, high average power laser systems for the efficient generation of soft x-rays via high harmonic generation as well as the shaping and delivery of the radiation via suitable optics to experimental end stations for spectroscopy, scattering and imaging. During the first phase of the project a 2.1 µm OPCPA laser system will be developed. The NanoMovie application laboratory is established in the rooms of the former High Field Application Laboratory, which was completely reconstructed in 2017 for this purpose. The new laboratory also hosts a powerful few cycle Ti:Sapphire laser in the context of project 4.1.
The 500 W pumplaser DIRA 500 produced by Trumpf Scientific went online in June 2018 (cf. photo). The lab foto shows the pumplaser, the installed frontend from FastLite (cf. view on optics when pumped) for the broadband 2.1 µm light and the blue boxes covering OPA I and OPA II stages. Recently 10 W (at 10 kHz) output from OPA I was obtained, the animated photo shows colorful parasitic light when the crystal stage is pumped.
This project is cofunded via the European Regional Development Fund.