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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25812–25822

Enhanced Kα output of Ar and Kr using size optimized cluster target irradiated by high-contrast laser pulses

Lu Zhang, Li-Ming Chen, Da-Wei Yuan, Wen-Chao Yan, Zhao-Hua Wang, Cheng Liu, Zhong-Wei Shen, Anatoly Faenov, Tatiana Pikuz, Igor Skobelev, Vladimir Gasilov, Alexei Boldarev, Jing-Yi Mao, Yu-Tong Li, Quan-Li Dong, Xin Lu, Jing-Long Ma, Wei-Ming Wang, Zheng-Ming Sheng, and Jie Zhang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25812-25822 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.025812


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Abstract

We observed that increasing the clusters size and laser pulse contrast can enhance the X-ray flux emitted by femtosecond-laser-driven-cluster plasma. By focusing a high contrast laser (10−10) on large argon clusters, high flux Kα-like X-rays (around 2.96 keV) is generated with a total flux of 2.5 × 1011 photons/J in 4π and a conversion efficiency of 1.2 × 10−4. In the case of large Kr clusters, the best total flux for L-shell X-rays is 5.3 × 1011 photons/J with a conversion efficiency of 1.3 × 10−4 and, for the Kα X-ray (12.7 keV), it is 8 × 108 photons/J with a conversion efficiency of 1.6 × 10−6. Using this X-ray source, a single-shot high-performance X-ray imaging is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
X-ray Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 11, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 11, 2011
Published: December 2, 2011

Citation
Lu Zhang, Li-Ming Chen, Da-Wei Yuan, Wen-Chao Yan, Zhao-Hua Wang, Cheng Liu, Zhong-Wei Shen, Anatoly Faenov, Tatiana Pikuz, Igor Skobelev, Vladimir Gasilov, Alexei Boldarev, Jing-Yi Mao, Yu-Tong Li, Quan-Li Dong, Xin Lu, Jing-Long Ma, Wei-Ming Wang, Zheng-Ming Sheng, and Jie Zhang, "Enhanced Kα output of Ar and Kr using size optimized cluster target irradiated by high-contrast laser pulses," Opt. Express 19, 25812-25822 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-25-25812


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