14 September 1998 Tabletop soft x-ray lasers by fast discharge excitation
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Proceedings Volume 3343, High-Power Laser Ablation; (1998) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.321556
Event: High-Power Laser Ablation, 1998, Santa Fe, NM, United States
We review the progress in the development of ultrashort- wavelength lasers based on discharge excitation. The observation of large soft x-ray amplification in Ne-like Ar at 46.9 nm in a capillary discharge created plasma [Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 1476, (1996)] have opened a new path for the development of compact and practical soft x-ray lasers. These results have shattered the earlier perception that discharge- created plasmas are insufficiently stable and uniform for soft x-ray lasing. We report results of a detailed characterization of the capillary discharge Ne-like Ar laser, that include near-field and far-field images of the laser output and the measurement of its spatial coherence. The recent demonstration of lasing in Ne-like S at 60.8 nm in material ablated from a solid target by a discharge is also discussed.
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Jorge J. G. Rocca, Cesar H. Moreno, Brady R. Benware, Mario C. Marconi, Vyacheslav N. Shlyaptsev, C. Maccheitto, Fernando G. Tomasel, Juan J. Gonzalez, Maximo Frati, Juan L. A. Chilla, "Tabletop soft x-ray lasers by fast discharge excitation", Proc. SPIE 3343, High-Power Laser Ablation, (14 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321556; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.321556


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