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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 1995
  • pp: 1907–1909

Fringe formation and coherence of a soft-x-ray laser beam illuminating a Mach–Zehnder interferometer

P. Celliers, F. Weber, L. B. Da Silva, T. W. Barbee, Jr., R. Cauble, A. S. Wan, and J. C. Moreno  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 18, pp. 1907-1909 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.001907


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Abstract

We investigated the fringe visibility produced by a Mach–Zehnder interferometer illuminated by a collisionally pumped yttrium x-ray laser operating at 15.5 nm. Fringe visibility varied as a function both of relative path delay and of relative spatial overlap of the beams. This visibility information was extracted quantitatively from several interferograms and analyzed to produce a characterization of the temporal coherence, yielding a gain-narrowed linewidth of 1.3 pm for the 15.5-nm laser transition and spatial coherence consistent with an effective source size of ≈220 μm ± 50% at the x-ray laser output.

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History
Original Manuscript: May 18, 1995
Published: September 15, 1995

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P. Celliers, F. Weber, L. B. Da Silva, T. W. Barbee, R. Cauble, A. S. Wan, and J. C. Moreno, "Fringe formation and coherence of a soft-x-ray laser beam illuminating a Mach–Zehnder interferometer," Opt. Lett. 20, 1907-1909 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-18-1907


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