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X-ray laser developments at PHELIX
Author(s): Thomas Kuehl; Bastian Aurand; Vincent Bagnoud; Boris Ecker; Udo Eisenbarth; Jérôme Fils; Daniel Hochhaus; Dasa Javorkova; Paul Neumayer; Bernhard Zielbauer; Daniel Zimmer; Jamil Habib; Sophie Kazamias; Annie Klisnick; David Ros; Josef Seres; Christian Spielmann; Daniel Ursescu
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Paper Abstract

The PHELIX laser at the GSI Helmholtz center for heavy-ion research is dedicated to provide high energy, ultra-intense laser pulses for experiments in combination with energetic ion beams. Development of x-ray lasers is targeting a number of applications in this context, including x-ray laser spectroscopy of highly-charged ions, and Thomson scattering diagnostics of heavy-ion driven plasmas. Recent developments centered on the application of a novel double-pulse pumping scheme under GRIP-like, non-normal incidence geometry for both the pre- and the main pulse for transient pumped Ni-like lasers. This scheme considerably simplifies the set-up, and provides a very stable pumping situation even at low pump energies close to the lasing threshold. The technique was scaled to pulse energies above 100 J for the pumping of shorter wavelength x-ray lasers. In addition, a slightly tunable high-harmonic source using a split-off beam from the Nd:Glass pre-amplifier of PHELIX was developed as a seeding source.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7451, Soft X-Ray Lasers and Applications VIII, 74510M (29 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826212
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas Kuehl, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Bastian Aurand, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Vincent Bagnoud, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Boris Ecker, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Udo Eisenbarth, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Jérôme Fils, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Daniel Hochhaus, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Dasa Javorkova, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Paul Neumayer, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Bernhard Zielbauer, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Daniel Zimmer, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Jamil Habib, Univ. Paris-Sud 11 (France)
Sophie Kazamias, Univ. Paris-Sud 11 (France)
Annie Klisnick, Univ. Paris-Sud 11 (France)
David Ros, Univ. Paris-Sud 11 (France)
Josef Seres, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Christian Spielmann, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Daniel Ursescu, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (Romania)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7451:
Soft X-Ray Lasers and Applications VIII
James Dunn; Gregory J. Tallents, Editor(s)

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