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X-ray-induced electron cascades in dielectrics modeled with XCASCADE code: effect of impact ionization cross sections
Author(s): Nikita A. Medvedev
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Paper Abstract

Characterization of a free-electron laser (FEL) pulse can be done with a pump–probe scheme, using an FEL pump and a visible light probe on an optically transparent solid-state target. With such experimental scheme, pulse duration can be monitored on a shot-to-shot basis. It relies on the changes in optical properties induced by the FEL excitation of electrons. Here we analyze effects of different cross sections used in the modeling of electron kinetics. XCASCADE, a Monte Carlo toolkit for modeling x-ray-induced electron cascades (N. Medvedev, Appl. Phys. B 118 (2015) 417), is used for this purpose. Two different cross sections are compared: atomic BEB model vs complex-dielectric function formalism that accounts for collective effects in solids. It is shown that for photon and electron energies above a few tens of eV, the both models coincide very closely. For lower energies in the VUV regime, the difference in the cross sections become more significant, nevertheless producing qualitatively similar electron kinetics and increase in the density of excited electrons.

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Date Published: 12 May 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9511, Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics V, 95110M (12 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2182767
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Nikita A. Medvedev, DESY (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9511:
Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics V
Libor Juha; Saša Bajt; Richard London, Editor(s)

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