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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3624–3626

Demonstration of a 100 Hz repetition rate gain-saturated diode-pumped table-top soft x-ray laser

Brendan A. Reagan, Keith A. Wernsing, Alden H. Curtis, Federico J. Furch, Bradley M. Luther, Dinesh Patel, Carmen S. Menoni, and Jorge J. Rocca  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 17, pp. 3624-3626 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.003624


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Abstract

We demonstrate the operation of a gain-saturated table-top soft x-ray laser at 100 Hz repetition rate. The laser generates an average power of 0.15 mW at λ=18.9nm, the highest laser power reported to date from a sub-20-nm wavelength compact source. Picosecond laser pulses of 1.5 μJ energy were produced at λ=18.9nm by amplification in a Mo plasma created by tailoring the temporal intensity profile of single pump pulses with 1 J energy produced by a diode-pumped chirped pulse amplification Yb:YAG laser. Lasing was also obtained in the 13.9 nm line of Ni-like Ag. These results increase by an order of magnitude the repetition rate of plasma-based soft x-ray lasers opening the path to milliwatt average power table-top lasers at sub-20 nm wavelengths.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(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)

ToC Category:
X-ray Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 3, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 26, 2012
Published: August 27, 2012

Citation
Brendan A. Reagan, Keith A. Wernsing, Alden H. Curtis, Federico J. Furch, Bradley M. Luther, Dinesh Patel, Carmen S. Menoni, and Jorge J. Rocca, "Demonstration of a 100 Hz repetition rate gain-saturated diode-pumped table-top soft x-ray laser," Opt. Lett. 37, 3624-3626 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-17-3624


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