We have demonstrated an 18.9 nm Ni-like molybdenum soft x-ray laser, pumped by a compact all-diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser. The solid-state pump laser produces 8.5 ps pulses with up to 1 J energy at 10 Hz repetition rate. This diode-pumped laser has the potential to greatly increase the repetition rate and the average power of soft x-ray lasers on a significantly smaller footprint.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Lasers and Laser Optics
Original Manuscript: July 20, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2009
Published: October 27, 2009
Federico J. Furch, Brendan A. Reagan, Bradley M. Luther, Alden H. Curtis, Shaun P. Meehan, and Jorge J. Rocca, "Demonstration of an all-diode-pumped soft x-ray laser," Opt. Lett. 34, 3352-3354 (2009)