Applied Physics A

, Volume 96, Issue 1, pp 23–31

Modelling and optimisation of fs laser-produced Kα sources

  • P. Gibbon
  • M. Mašek
  • U. Teubner
  • W. Lu
  • M. Nicoul
  • U. Shymanovich
  • A. Tarasevitch
  • P. Zhou
  • K. Sokolowski-Tinten
  • D. von der Linde
Article

Abstract

Recent theoretical and numerical studies of laser-driven femtosecond Kα sources are presented, aimed at understanding a recent experimental campaign to optimize emission from thin coating targets. Particular attention is given to control over the laser–plasma interaction conditions defined by the interplay between a controlled prepulse and the angle of incidence. It is found that the x-ray efficiency for poor-contrast laser systems in which a large preplasma is suspected can be enhanced by using a near-normal incidence geometry even at high laser intensities. With high laser contrast, similar efficiencies can be achieved by going to larger incidence angles, but only at the expense of larger x-ray spot size. New developments in three-dimensional modelling are also reported with the goal of handling interactions with geometrically complex targets and finite resistivity.

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52.38.-r 52.38.Ph 52.65.-y 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Gibbon
    • 1
  • M. Mašek
    • 1
    • 2
  • U. Teubner
    • 3
    • 4
  • W. Lu
    • 5
  • M. Nicoul
    • 5
  • U. Shymanovich
    • 5
  • A. Tarasevitch
    • 5
  • P. Zhou
    • 5
  • K. Sokolowski-Tinten
    • 5
  • D. von der Linde
    • 5
  1. 1.Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Institute for Advanced ComputingForschungszentrum JülichJülichGermany
  2. 2.Institute of PhysicsAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Fachbereich Technik–Naturwissenschaftliche Technik–Bereich Photonik, Fachhochschule Oldenburg/Ostfriesland/WilhelmshavenUniversity of Applied SciencesEmdenGermany
  4. 4.Institut für PhysikCarl von Ossietzky Universität OldenburgOldenburgGermany
  5. 5.Institut für Experimentelle PhysikUniversität Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany

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