J. Phys. IV France
Volume 11, Numéro PR2, Juillet 2001
X-Ray Lasers 2000
Page(s) Pr2-571 - Pr2-574
7th International Conference on X-Ray Lasers

J. Phys. IV France 11 (2001) Pr2-571-Pr2-574

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20012113

Generation of highly ionized cadmium plasma columns for a discharge-pumped Nickel-like Cd laser

M. Frati1, F.G. Tomasel1, B. Bowers1, J.J. Gonzalez1, V.N. Shlyaptsev2 and J.J. Rocca1

1  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, U.S.A.
2  University of California Davis at Livermore, Livermore, U.S.A.

We report the observation of strong line emission from Ni-like Cd ions in a capillary discharge plasma. Spectroscopically pure Cd vapor was produced in a room temperature environment utilizing a capacitive discharge. The metal vapor was injected into a capillary channel where it was subsequently excited with fast current pulses of up to 200 kA. These results open the possibility of observing laser amplification in the 3d94d-3d94p line of Ni-like Cd at 13.2 nm and in laser lines of other Nickel-like ions in a discharge-created plasma.

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