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Principles and present state of capillary-discharge-pumped soft x-ray lasers
Author(s): Karel Kolacek
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Paper Abstract

The article reviews the progress in the development of discharge-pumped soft X-ray lasers. Especially the results of the last decade proved that discharge created plasmas in capillaries are sufficiently uniform to allow for soft x-ray amplification. Amplification conditions and population inversion mechanisms are briefly reviewed. Then the activities in individual fields are summarized with emphasis on the gas filled capillaries which obey electron-collisional excitation pumping. Namely these capillaries can work as an efficient, table-top, high average power soft X-ray lasers capable to produce millijoule-level laser pulses at a repetition rate of several Hz, with a corresponding spectral brightness. Finally, some of tested applications are also briefly mentioned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 2003
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 5228, ECLIM 2002: 27th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter, (12 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.537111
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Karel Kolacek, Institute of Plasma Physics (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5228:
ECLIM 2002: 27th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter
Oleg N. Krokhin; Sergey Yu. Gus'kov; Yury A. Merkul'ev, Editor(s)

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