Applied Physics B

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 13–18

Hydrogen-like recombination X-ray lasers using ps pulse drivers

  • J. Zhang
  • M. H. Key
Article

Abstract

We propose a scheme for producing high gain recombination X-ray lasers on hydrogen-like Balmer α transitions by irradiating fibre targets with a 2 ps Chirped Pulse Amplification CPA beam of a Nd-glass laser facility. Very high gain coefficients for H-like C, N, O, F, Na Balmer α transitions are predicted. The optimum electron density and temperature for maximum gain operation scale approximately asNe ∼ 4 × 1013Z7 cm−3 and Te ∼ 7 × 10−3Z4 eV, respectively, at the time when maximum lasing gain appears. Significant improvement in gain performance of recombination X-ray lasers is predicted by using CPA ps pulse drivers.

PACS

42.60.By 32.30.Rj 32.70.-n 52.50.Jm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Zhang
    • 1
  • M. H. Key
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Atomic and Laser PhysicsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.SERC Rutherford Appleton LaboratoryChilton DIDCOTOxon

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