J. Phys. IV France 11 (2001) Pr2-79-Pr2-82
Computational modelling of short pulse X-ray laser experimentsR.E. King and G.J. Pert
Department of Physics, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, U.K.
The basic theory of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) for long lived lasers was developed several years ago, allowing a clear understanding of the effects of saturation on the output irradiance to be achieved. The development of ultra-short lasers has necessitated the development of the model to include time dependence. Extending a simple ASE model developed earlier, we have investigated in detail the features of time dependent ASE laser action. The model is compared to more detailed computational simulation, and shows good agreement, whilst revealing the limitations of the model. Simulation shows that the beam is broadened transverse to the propagation direction. Good agreement is shown between simulation and experimental values.
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