28 September 2009 X-ray laser developments at PHELIX
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The PHELIX laser at the GSI Helmholtz center for heavy-ion research is dedicated to provide high energy, ultra-intense laser pulses for experiments in combination with energetic ion beams. Development of x-ray lasers is targeting a number of applications in this context, including x-ray laser spectroscopy of highly-charged ions, and Thomson scattering diagnostics of heavy-ion driven plasmas. Recent developments centered on the application of a novel double-pulse pumping scheme under GRIP-like, non-normal incidence geometry for both the pre- and the main pulse for transient pumped Ni-like lasers. This scheme considerably simplifies the set-up, and provides a very stable pumping situation even at low pump energies close to the lasing threshold. The technique was scaled to pulse energies above 100 J for the pumping of shorter wavelength x-ray lasers. In addition, a slightly tunable high-harmonic source using a split-off beam from the Nd:Glass pre-amplifier of PHELIX was developed as a seeding source.
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Thomas Kuehl, Thomas Kuehl, Bastian Aurand, Bastian Aurand, Vincent Bagnoud, Vincent Bagnoud, Boris Ecker, Boris Ecker, Udo Eisenbarth, Udo Eisenbarth, Jérôme Fils, Jérôme Fils, Daniel Hochhaus, Daniel Hochhaus, Dasa Javorkova, Dasa Javorkova, Paul Neumayer, Paul Neumayer, Bernhard Zielbauer, Bernhard Zielbauer, Daniel Zimmer, Daniel Zimmer, Jamil Habib, Jamil Habib, Sophie Kazamias, Sophie Kazamias, Annie Klisnick, Annie Klisnick, David Ros, David Ros, Josef Seres, Josef Seres, Christian Spielmann, Christian Spielmann, Daniel Ursescu, Daniel Ursescu, } "X-ray laser developments at PHELIX", Proc. SPIE 7451, Soft X-Ray Lasers and Applications VIII, 74510M (28 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826212; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.826212
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