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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2001
  • pp: 1403–1405

Demonstration of a neonlike argon soft-x-ray laser with a picosecond-laser-irradiated gas puff target

Henryk Fiedorowicz, Andrzej Bartnik, James Dunn, Raymond F. Smith, James Hunter, Joseph Nilsen, Albert L. Osterheld, and Vyacheslav N. Shlyaptsev  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 18, pp. 1403-1405 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.26.001403


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Abstract

We demonstrate a neonlike argon-ion x-ray laser, using a short-pulse laser-irradiated gas puff target. The gas puff target was formed by pulsed injection of gas from a high-pressure solenoid valve through a nozzle in the form of a narrow slit and irradiated with a combination of long, 600-ps and short, 6-ps high-power laser pulses with a total of 10 J of energy in a traveling-wave excitation scheme. Lasing was observed on the 3p 1S0→3s 1P1 transition at 46.9 nm and the 3d 1P1→3p 1P1 transition at 45.1 nm. A gain of 11 cm-1 was measured on these transitions for targets up to 0.9 cm long.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7240) Lasers and laser optics : UV, EUV, and X-ray lasers
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

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Henryk Fiedorowicz, Andrzej Bartnik, James Dunn, Raymond F. Smith, James Hunter, Joseph Nilsen, Albert L. Osterheld, and Vyacheslav N. Shlyaptsev, "Demonstration of a neonlike argon soft-x-ray laser with a picosecond-laser-irradiated gas puff target," Opt. Lett. 26, 1403-1405 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-26-18-1403


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