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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2010
  • pp: 450–452

Optimization of a tabletop high-repetition-rate soft x-ray laser pumped in double-pulse single-beam grazing incidence

Daniel Zimmer, Bernhard Zielbauer, Moana Pittman, Olivier Guilbaud, Jamil Habib, Sophie Kazamias, David Ros, Vincent Bagnoud, and Thomas Kuehl  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 450-452 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.000450


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Abstract

This Letter reports on the optimization of a tabletop nickel-like molybdenum transient collisionally excited soft x-ray laser (SXRL) at 18.9 nm performed by a double-pulse single-beam grazing incidence pumping (DGRIP). This scheme allows for the first time, to our knowledge, the full control of the pump laser parameters including the pre-pulse duration optimally generating the SXRL amplifier under a grazing incidence. The single-beam geometry of the collinear double-pulse propagation guarantees the ideal overlap of the pre-pulse and main pulse from shot to shot resulting in a more efficient and highly stable SXRL output. SXRL energies up to 2.2 μ J are obtained with a total pump energy less than 1 J for several hours at a 10 Hz repetition rate without realignment under once optimized double pumping pulse parameters including energy ratio, time delay, pre-pulse and main pulse durations, and line focus width.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.7240) Lasers and laser optics : UV, EUV, and X-ray lasers
(340.0340) X-ray optics : X-ray optics
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 4, 2010
Published: February 4, 2010

Citation
Daniel Zimmer, Bernhard Zielbauer, Moana Pittman, Olivier Guilbaud, Jamil Habib, Sophie Kazamias, David Ros, Vincent Bagnoud, and Thomas Kuehl, "Optimization of a tabletop high-repetition-rate soft x-ray laser pumped in double-pulse single-beam grazing incidence," Opt. Lett. 35, 450-452 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-4-450


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