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Optical Engineering

Progress And Trends In X-Ray Laser Research
Author(s): R. C. Elton
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Paper Abstract

Progress in the research devoted to developing x-ray lasers is reviewed as it pertains to one-electron hydrogenic ions created and pumped to inversion in high-density laser-produced plasmas. A simple analysis defines a useful parameter space. Measured gain coefficients for C5+ are in good agreement with modeling for electron-capture pumping. Photon pumping is identi-fied for possible circumvention of radiative-trapping limitations in larger volumes. Preliminary data on aluminum appear promising for shorter wave-length extrapolation. The advantage of efficient x-ray cavities is apparent. Extension of the illustrative analysis provides directions for future quantitative measurements leading to large scale gain experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1982
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 21(2) 212307 doi: 10.1117/12.7972900
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 21, Issue 2
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R. C. Elton, Naval Research Laboratory (United States)


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