We report use of laser-generated plasmas as ultraviolet continuum sources of high shot-to-shot and long-term reproducibility suitable for photoelectric scanning measurements of absorption spectra. We have used such a source combined with a focusing geometry to obtain resonance-line-absorption profiles from a 30-cm column of hot plasma. This work also confirms and extends the photographic evidence of Carroll et al. that intense and line-free continua can be obtained from such plasmas with suitable choice of target material.
© 1979 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 16, 1979
Published: September 1, 1979
C. G. Mahajan, E. A. M. Baker, and D. D. Burgess, "Use of a laser-produced plasma as a source of focused vacuum-ultraviolet continuum radiation," Opt. Lett. 4, 283-285 (1979)