Charged Particle Sources
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Laser pulse pickers are acousto-optic modulator (AOM) based devices designed to select pulses of ultrafast laser systems. Ultra-short pulses are in most cases generated by a mode-locked laser in the form of a pulse train, with a repetition rate of 10 MHz to 10 GHz. For various reasons, it is often necessary to pick certain pulses and block others. This can be achieved by using a laser pulse picker. The properties of a pulse picker can be critical based on the application, such as the switching time, maximum repetition rate, energy loss of transmitted pulses, and optical bandwidth, just to name a few.