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  • Vol. 31, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 1992
  • pp: 4931–4939

Photoionization-pumped x-ray lasers using ultrashort-pulse excitation

Henry C. Kapteyn  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 24, pp. 4931-4939 (1992)

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Recent advances in the production of ultrashort x-ray pulses by using femtosecond laser-produced plasmas coupled with the development of terawatt ultrashort-pulse lasers may make possible ultrashort-pulse photoexcited x-ray lasers. I examine the creation of a population inversion on the K-α transition of neon at 1.5 nm by using the photoionization scheme first suggested by Duguay and Rentzepis in 1967. It is shown that this laser can be produced by using a pump laser of ~ 10 J in 50 fs, provided that a sufficiently bright laser-produced plasma x-ray source can be created. Recent experimental and theoretical results are discussed that verify the potential feasibility of this scheme.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 30, 1991
Published: August 20, 1992

Henry C. Kapteyn, "Photoionization-pumped x-ray lasers using ultrashort-pulse excitation," Appl. Opt. 31, 4931-4939 (1992)

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