In this paper, we report on the realization of a capillary discharge soft x‐ray laser operating at 46.9 nm pumped by a 30 kA peak value, 150 ns half cycle duration current pulse (corresponding to a mean current slope of about 5 1011 A/s). The slope of the pumping current is sufficiently high to produce the plasma compression and laser amplification on the 3p‐3s, J=0–1 transition of Ne‐like Ar, in 2.4–4 mm in diameter alumina capillary channels. We have analyzed the output pulse characteristics of the produced laser beam, such as the lasing time and the pulse duration, the saturation and the output pulse energy, the near field image as a function of different experimental parameters. Using the same current pulse, the lasing effect has not been observed in polyacetal capillaries, demonstrating the damning role of the wall capillary ablation in the heating and in the stability of the plasma column during the z‐pinch compression. © 2002 American Institute of Physics

Investigation of the output pulse characteristics of a 46.9 nm Ar capillary discharge soft x‐ray laser

PALLADINO, Libero
2002-01-01

Abstract

In this paper, we report on the realization of a capillary discharge soft x‐ray laser operating at 46.9 nm pumped by a 30 kA peak value, 150 ns half cycle duration current pulse (corresponding to a mean current slope of about 5 1011 A/s). The slope of the pumping current is sufficiently high to produce the plasma compression and laser amplification on the 3p‐3s, J=0–1 transition of Ne‐like Ar, in 2.4–4 mm in diameter alumina capillary channels. We have analyzed the output pulse characteristics of the produced laser beam, such as the lasing time and the pulse duration, the saturation and the output pulse energy, the near field image as a function of different experimental parameters. Using the same current pulse, the lasing effect has not been observed in polyacetal capillaries, demonstrating the damning role of the wall capillary ablation in the heating and in the stability of the plasma column during the z‐pinch compression. © 2002 American Institute of Physics
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