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Experimental And Theoretical Investigation Of Recombination Pumped X-Ray Lasers Driven By High-Intensity, Short Pulse Lasers, Thomas D. Donnelly, L. Da Silva, R. W. Lee, S. Mrowka, M. Hofer, R. W. Falcone Jan 1996

Experimental And Theoretical Investigation Of Recombination Pumped X-Ray Lasers Driven By High-Intensity, Short Pulse Lasers, Thomas D. Donnelly, L. Da Silva, R. W. Lee, S. Mrowka, M. Hofer, R. W. Falcone

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We have experimentally investigated a recombination-pumped soft-x-ray laser on a Lyman-α transition (135 Å) of hydrogenlike lithium. Furthermore, we have modeled the dynamics of this system, including the effects of the multipeaked electron distribution function that is obtained from the sequential, optical-field ionization of an atom. We compare the predictions of our model and our experimental results.


X-Rays From Microstructured Targets Heated By Femtosecond Lasers, S. P. Gordon, Thomas D. Donnelly, A. Sullivan, H. Hamster, R. W. Falcone Apr 1994

X-Rays From Microstructured Targets Heated By Femtosecond Lasers, S. P. Gordon, Thomas D. Donnelly, A. Sullivan, H. Hamster, R. W. Falcone

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We have demonstrated efficient conversion of ultrashort-pulse laser energy to x rays with energies above 1 keV, using laser-produced plasmas generated on a variety of microstructured surfaces. Lithographically produced grating targets generated 0.1 mJ of kilo-electron-volt x rays, and porous gold and aluminum targets emitted 1 mJ. This represents an improvement of a factor of 100 over flat targets. The K-shell emission spectrum of porous aluminum was composed primarily of heliumlike spectral lines.