Using a series of 150-ps pulses from the Nova laser to illuminate neodymium slab targets, we observe a 38-psduration lasing pulse at 7.906 nm in nickellike neodymium on the J = 0 → 1, 4d → 4p transition. To overcome the low gain in this system, we used a traveling-wave geometry in conjunction with two slab targets that were coupled lengthwise to increase the effective length and whose surfaces were curved to compensate partially for refraction effects.
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Joseph Nilsen and Juan C. Moreno, "Lasing at 7.9 nm in nickellike neodymium," Opt. Lett. 20, 1386-1388 (1995)