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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 22 — Oct. 24, 2011
  • pp: 21855–21865

Spectral encoding of x-ray/optical relative delay

Mina R. Bionta, H. T. Lemke, J. P. Cryan, J. M. Glownia, C. Bostedt, M. Cammarata, J.-C. Castagna, Y. Ding, D. M. Fritz, A. R. Fry, J. Krzywinski, M. Messerschmidt, S. Schorb, M. L. Swiggers, and R. N. Coffee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 22, pp. 21855-21865 (2011)

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We present a new technique for measuring the relative delay between a soft x-ray FEL pulse and an optical laser that indicates a sub 25 fs RMS measurement error. An ultra-short x-ray pulse photo-ionizes a semiconductor (Si3N4) membrane and changes the optical transmission. An optical continuum pulse with a temporally chirped bandwidth spanning 630 nm – 710 nm interacts with the membrane such that the timing of the x-ray pulse can be determined from the onset of the spectral modulation of the transmitted optical pulse. This experiment demonstrates a nearly in situ single-shot measurement of the x-ray pulse arrival time relative to the ultra-short optical pulse.

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OCIS Codes
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)
(120.4825) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical time domain reflectometry
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

ToC Category:
X-ray Optics

Original Manuscript: September 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 6, 2011
Published: October 20, 2011

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Mina R. Bionta, H. T. Lemke, J. P. Cryan, J. M. Glownia, C. Bostedt, M. Cammarata, J.-C. Castagna, Y. Ding, D. M. Fritz, A. R. Fry, J. Krzywinski, M. Messerschmidt, S. Schorb, M. L. Swiggers, and R. N. Coffee, "Spectral encoding of x-ray/optical relative delay," Opt. Express 19, 21855-21865 (2011)

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