High brightness optical-field-ionization x-ray lasers driven in plasma waveguides

M. C. Chou, P. H. Lin, R. P. Huang, S. Y. Chen, H. H. Chu, J. Wang, J. Y. Lin

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We experimentally demonstrate that the plasma waveguide can be efficiently produced in a pure Xe, Kr, and Ar cluster jet operated at a high backing pressure with axicon ignitor-heater scheme. The lasing photon number of Ni-like Kr laser at 32.8 nm generated in waveguide is dramatically enhanced by about three orders of magnitude in comparison to that without plasma waveguide, resulting in a photon number of 8×1010 and an energy conversion efficiency of 2×10-6 with a pump pulse of just 235 mJ. Due to the high atom density and long gain length provided by the plasma waveguide, Ne-like Ar laser at 46.9 nm is achieved in OFI plasma channel at the first time and simultaneous lasing in two ion species is also generated in a 10-mm gas jet with Kr and Ar mixtures. With sufficient x-ray photons, we show that x-ray digital holographic microscopy can be achieved in single-shot measurement providing a spatial resolution of < 500 nm and a temporal resolution of < 10 ps.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationX-Ray Lasers 2008 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference
EditorsCiaran L.S. Lewis, Dave Riley
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media, LLC
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781402099236
StatePublished - 2009
Event11th International Conference on X-Ray Lasers, 2008 - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Aug 200822 Aug 2008

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Physics
ISSN (Print)0930-8989
ISSN (Electronic)1867-4941


Conference11th International Conference on X-Ray Lasers, 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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