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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 5 — Mar. 10, 2014
  • pp: 6194–6202

High flux coherent super-continuum soft X-ray source driven by a single-stage, 10mJ, Ti:sapphire amplifier-pumped OPA

Chengyuan Ding, Wei Xiong, Tingting Fan, Daniel D. Hickstein, Tenio Popmintchev, Xiaoshi Zhang, Mike Walls, Margaret M. Murnane, and Henry C. Kapteyn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 5, pp. 6194-6202 (2014)

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We demonstrate the highest flux tabletop source of coherent soft X-rays to date, driven by a single-stage 10 mJ Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier at 1 kHz. We first down-convert the laser to 1.3 µm using a parametric amplifier, before up-converting it to soft X-rays using high harmonic generation in a high-pressure, phase matched, hollow waveguide geometry. The resulting optimally phase matched broadband spectrum extends to 200 eV, with a soft X-ray photon flux of > 106 photons/pulse/1% bandwidth at 1 kHz, corresponding to > 109 photons/s/1% bandwidth, or approximately a three order-of-magnitude increase compared with past work. Finally, using this broad bandwidth X-ray source, we demonstrate X-ray absorption spectroscopy of multiple elements and transitions in molecules in a single spectrum, with a spectral resolution of 0.25 eV, and with the ability to resolve the near edge fine structure.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(300.6560) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, x-ray
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)

ToC Category:
X-ray Optics

Original Manuscript: January 23, 2014
Revised Manuscript: February 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2014
Published: March 7, 2014

Chengyuan Ding, Wei Xiong, Tingting Fan, Daniel D. Hickstein, Tenio Popmintchev, Xiaoshi Zhang, Mike Walls, Margaret M. Murnane, and Henry C. Kapteyn, "High flux coherent super-continuum soft X-ray source driven by a single-stage, 10mJ, Ti:sapphire amplifier-pumped OPA," Opt. Express 22, 6194-6202 (2014)

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