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)