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High energy density science with FELs: intense short pulse tunable x-ray sources
Author(s): R. W. Lee; S. J. Moon; H. K. Chung; R. C. Cauble; S. Glenzer; O. L. Landen; S. J. Rose; H. A. Scott; G. Gregori; D. Riley
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Paper Abstract

Short pulse (< 100 fs) tunable X-ray and VUV laser sources, based on the free electron laser (FEL) concept, will be a watershed for high energy density research in several areas. These new 4th generation light sources will have extremely high fields and short wavelength (~0.1 nm) with peak spectral brightness -photons/(s/mrad2/mm2/0.1% bandwidth- 1010 greater than 3rd generation light sources. We briefly discuss several applications: the creation of warm dense matter (WDM), probing of near solid density plasmas, and laser-plasma spectroscopy of ions in plasmas. The study of dense plasmas has been severely hampered by the fact that laser-based probes that can directly access the matter in this regime have been unavailable and these new 4th generation sources will remove these restrictions. Finally, we present the plans for a user-oriented set of facilities that will incorporate high-energy, intense short-pulse, and x-ray lasers at the first x-ray FEL, the LCLS to be opened at SLAC in 2009.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6261, High-Power Laser Ablation VI, 626101 (7 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.674424
Show Author Affiliations
R. W. Lee, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. J. Moon, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
H. K. Chung, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. C. Cauble, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. Glenzer, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
O. L. Landen, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. J. Rose, Oxford Univ. (United Kingdom)
H. A. Scott, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
G. Gregori, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. Riley, Queen's Univ. Belfast (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6261:
High-Power Laser Ablation VI
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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