X-Ray Laser World Wide Progress

  • D. L. Matthews
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 35)


The quest for the demonstration of an x-ray wavelength laser took ~20 years with successful, unambiguous results coming only recently from research efforts in the USA1–3, Great Britain4, and France . Numerous reviews6–8 have been written on the subject, but the most current are actual accounts of various groups’ research in “conference proceedings”9–11. In this manuscript, I will describe the various types of successful lasing schemes employed to date, comment on their status and speculate on their future development. I will not be describing all attempts to make the x-ray laser, nor listing an account of various theoretical designs, or inversion schemes that are not currently used. Successful x-ray lasers have to date, only been demonstrated by forming a plasma with a high power optical or infrared wavelength laser.


Population Inversion Amplify Spontaneous Emission Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Inversion Scheme Gain Length 
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  • D. L. Matthews
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  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLivermoreUSA

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