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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 20, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2003
  • pp: 203–207

Picosecond-laser-driven gas puff neonlike argon x-ray laser

James Dunn, Raymond F. Smith, Joseph Nilsen, Henryk Fiedorowicz, Andrzej Bartnik, and Vyacheslav N. Shlyaptsev  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 203-207 (2003)

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We have performed short-pulse laser-irradiated gas puff target experiments to generate a neonlike argon soft-x-ray laser by using a small laser system. A high-pressure solenoid valve forms a gas column through a narrow slit that is irradiated by two laser pulses containing 10 J of energy. Strong lasing is observed on two transitions, the 3p <sup>1</sup>S<sub>0</sub>→3s <sup>1</sup>P<sub>1</sub> line at 46.9 nm and the 3d <sup>1</sup>P<sub>1</sub>→3p <sup>1</sup>P<sub>1</sub> line at 45.1 nm. We present results from a systematic study in which the gas puff and laser conditions were varied to optimize the x-ray-laser output from a 0.9-cm-long gas column.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7240) Lasers and laser optics : UV, EUV, and X-ray lasers
(260.7200) Physical optics : Ultraviolet, extreme
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

James Dunn, Raymond F. Smith, Joseph Nilsen, Henryk Fiedorowicz, Andrzej Bartnik, and Vyacheslav N. Shlyaptsev, "Picosecond-laser-driven gas puff neonlike argon x-ray laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 203-207 (2003)

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