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Development of a laser-triggered ultrafast streak camera for time-resolved x-ray diffraction
Author(s): Christian Y. Cote; Daniel Kaplan; Marcel A. Bouvier; Jean-Claude Kieffer; Gerard A. Mourou; G. Naylor; K. Scheidt; Douglas L. Craig
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Paper Abstract

The advent of CPA femtosecond lasers has opened the way to a new regime of interaction with atoms and molecules. In some experiments like time-resolved x-ray diffraction of laser- excited samples, the signal to be measured can contain very few photons and repetition rates up to 1 kHz are required. The laser-triggered x-ray streak camera system is therefore a promising tool for the study ultrashort x-ray events. We present the results of the characterization tests performed on our subpicosecond x-ray streak camera at the University of Michigan and at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. This new ultrafast diagnostic is triggered by a short laser pulse and can acquire images at rates up to 1 kHz and features a subpicosecond time resolution along with a 40 micrometer spatial resolution. We discuss the different issues related to the interaction between the laser pulse and photo-conductive switches, the synchronization of the detector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3451, Time Structure of X-Ray Sources and Its Applications, (1 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.331838
Show Author Affiliations
Christian Y. Cote, Univ. of Michigan (Canada)
Daniel Kaplan, Alliage (France)
Marcel A. Bouvier, Medox Electro-Optics Inc. (United States)
Jean-Claude Kieffer, INRS-Energie et Materiaux (Canada)
Gerard A. Mourou, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
G. Naylor, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France)
K. Scheidt, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France)
Douglas L. Craig, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3451:
Time Structure of X-Ray Sources and Its Applications
Andreas K. Freund; Henry P. Freund; Malcolm R. Howells, Editor(s)

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