X-ray laser research at the lawrence livermore national laboratory nova laser facility

Dennis L Matthews, M. Rosen, S. Brown, N. Ceglio, D. Eder, A. Hawryluk, C. Keane, R. London, B. Mac Gowan, S. Maxon, D. Nilson, J. Scofield, J. Trebes

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We describe our optical-laser-pumped x-ray laser program. Our long-term goal is to develop and utilize a fullycoherent, gigowatt-power-level sub-44-Å laser. To this end we have been studying the characteristics of theexploding-foil amplifier coupled with various inversion schemes: Ne-like and Ni-like collisional excitation as wellas H-like three-body recombination. Most of our experimental results to date are for the Ne-like schemes; we haveobserved ˜15 laser transitions in Se, Y, and Mo having wavelengths from 26.3 to 10.6 nm. Output power to at least 1MW has been observed for the Se J = 2 to 1 lines at 20.6 and 20.9 Å along with geometrical divergence patterns forthe beam. We have also observed time-dependent beam refraction from these amplifiers and have been able todemonstrate double-pass amplification by using a multilayer mirror operated at normal incidence. Future plansfor improving beam coherence and producing lasing at wavelengths shorter than 44 Å are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-587
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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X-ray laser research at the lawrence livermore national laboratory nova laser facility. / Matthews, Dennis L; Rosen, M.; Brown, S.; Ceglio, N.; Eder, D.; Hawryluk, A.; Keane, C.; London, R.; Mac Gowan, B.; Maxon, S.; Nilson, D.; Scofield, J.; Trebes, J.

In: Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1987, p. 575-587.

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Matthews, DL, Rosen, M, Brown, S, Ceglio, N, Eder, D, Hawryluk, A, Keane, C, London, R, Mac Gowan, B, Maxon, S, Nilson, D, Scofield, J & Trebes, J 1987, 'X-ray laser research at the lawrence livermore national laboratory nova laser facility', Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 575-587. https://doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.4.000575
Matthews, Dennis L ; Rosen, M. ; Brown, S. ; Ceglio, N. ; Eder, D. ; Hawryluk, A. ; Keane, C. ; London, R. ; Mac Gowan, B. ; Maxon, S. ; Nilson, D. ; Scofield, J. ; Trebes, J. / X-ray laser research at the lawrence livermore national laboratory nova laser facility. In: Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics. 1987 ; Vol. 4, No. 4. pp. 575-587.
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