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Progress In Pulsed Power Discharge Driven X-Ray Laser Research
Author(s): M. K. Matzen; R. J. Dukart; B. A. Hammel; D. L. Hanson; W. W. Hsing; T. W. Hussey; E. J. McGuire; M. A. Palmer; R. B. Spielman
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Paper Abstract

In experiments performed during the past two years on Proto II (a 10-TW pulsed-power accelerator), we imploded annular plasmas onto thin-walled annular x-ray laser targets in order to create both a radiation pump source and an x-ray laser medium. For x-ray lasing the Z-pinch must be axially uniform, must efficiently produce the pump radiation, yet not destroy the laser medium on the cylindrical axis of symmetry until after the x-ray laser pulse. To characterize the pump source x-rays and lasant conditions, we regularly field a large number of x-ray diagnostics. In recent experiments, we produced over 15 kJ of >1-keV pump radiation with an imploding neon gas-puff load, recorded spectra from the pump source and lasant, and measured the axial pump source asymmetry. We are considering both recombination and resonance-pumped x-ray laser schemes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0688, Multilayer Structures & Laboratory X-Ray Laser Research, (9 April 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.964823
Show Author Affiliations
M. K. Matzen, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
R. J. Dukart, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
B. A. Hammel, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
D. L. Hanson, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
W. W. Hsing, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
T. W. Hussey, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
E. J. McGuire, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
M. A. Palmer, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
R. B. Spielman, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0688:
Multilayer Structures & Laboratory X-Ray Laser Research
Natale M. Ceglio; Pierre Dhez, Editor(s)

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