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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2007
  • pp: 427–429

Ultrafast x-ray pulses emitted from a liquid mercury laser target

Christian Reich, Christopher M. Laperle, Xiaodi Li, Brian Ahr, Frank Benesch, and Christoph G. Rose-Petruck  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 4, pp. 427-429 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.000427


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Abstract

We report the generation of ultrashort, hard-x-ray pulses from a liquid mercury target irradiated by 5 kHz laser pulses. The new x-ray source is designed for time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy as well as imaging applications. This marks the first laser-driven plasma x-ray source that continuously recycles the target material, facilitating maintenance-free operation. Theoretical calculations show mercury targets emit shorter x-ray pulses than targets of lighter elements under identical illumination and x-ray detection conditions.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(300.6560) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, x-ray
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(340.7440) X-ray optics : X-ray imaging
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 20, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 7, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2006
Published: January 26, 2007

Citation
Christian Reich, Christopher M. Laperle, Xiaodi Li, Brian Ahr, Frank Benesch, and Christoph G. Rose-Petruck, "Ultrafast x-ray pulses emitted from a liquid mercury laser target," Opt. Lett. 32, 427-429 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-4-427

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