Capillary discharge soft X-ray lasing in Ne-like Ar pumped by long current pulses

G. Tomassetti, A. Ritucci, A. Reale, L. Palladino, L. Reale, S.V. Kukhlevsky, F. Flora, L. Mezi, J. Kaiser, A. Faenov, T. Pikuz

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A capillary discharge soft X-ray laser operating at 46.9 nm on the transition 3p-3s (J = 0-1) of the Ne-like Ar has been realized by exciting the active medium with a long half-cycle duration current pulse of 140 ns. The current is produced by discharging a 10 nF water dielectric capacitor, initially charged to voltages lower than 200 kV by a six stage Marx generator, through a 15-cm long capillary channels. The laser amplification has been obtained by properly adjusting all the other experimental parameters. Utilizing a 3-mm in diameter Al2O3 capillary channel initially filled with 0.3 torr of Ar pressure, a laser beam, which has a 4-mrad divergence and a time duration of 1.3 ns, is characterized by a gain of 0.6 ± 0.1 cm-1. The stability of the plasma compression followed by the laser emission is verified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73 - 77
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Tomassetti, G., Ritucci, A., Reale, A., Palladino, L., Reale, L., Kukhlevsky, S. V., ... Pikuz, T. (2002). Capillary discharge soft X-ray lasing in Ne-like Ar pumped by long current pulses. European Physical Journal D, 19(1), 73 - 77.