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Studies of plasmas excited by intense subpicosecond radiation for x-ray generation (Review Paper)
Author(s): Arie Zigler; Philip G. Burkhalter; David J. Nagel; Johndale C. Solem; Keith Boyer; Ting-Shan Luk; L. Armon McPherson; D. A. Tate; Charles K. Rhodes
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Paper Abstract

The use of recently developed high brightness subpicosecond lasers for the study of the interaction of solid matter is leading to the production of powerful incoherent X-ray sources associated with dense plasma environments. The use of these intense pulsed X-ray sources will enable the production of extremely high densities and levels of electronic excitation in materials while leaving the system kinetically cold during the interaction. This general condition is extremely conductive to the amplification of short wavelength radiation. The analysis of a particular case for amplification at a quantum energy of about 1 keV indicates that a total energy of about 1 J of ultraviolet radiation is necessary for excitation. The control of this class of physical processes is expected to lead to a new generation of amplifiers in the X-ray range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 February 1992
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1551, Ultrashort Wavelength Lasers, (5 February 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.134820
Show Author Affiliations
Arie Zigler, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Philip G. Burkhalter, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
David J. Nagel, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Johndale C. Solem, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Keith Boyer, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)
Ting-Shan Luk, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)
L. Armon McPherson, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)
D. A. Tate, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)
Charles K. Rhodes, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1551:
Ultrashort Wavelength Lasers
Szymon Suckewer, Editor(s)

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