J. Phys. IV France
Volume 11, Numéro PR2, Juillet 2001
X-Ray Lasers 2000
Page(s) Pr2-11 - Pr2-17
7th International Conference on X-Ray Lasers

J. Phys. IV France 11 (2001) Pr2-11-Pr2-17

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2001202

Generation of a transient short pulse X-ray laser using a traveling-wave sub-ps pump pulse

A. Klisnick1, J. Kuba2, D. Ros1, R. Smith1, P. Fourcade1, G. Jamelot1, J.-L. Miquel3, J.-F. Wyart4, C. Chenais-Popovics5, R. Keenan6, S.J. Topping6, C.L.S. Lewis6, F. Strati7, G.J. Tallents7, D. Neely8, R. Clarke8, J. Collier8, A.G. MacPhee8, F. Bortolotto9, P.V. Nickles9 and K.A. Janulewicz9

1  Laboratoire de Spectroscopie Atomique et Ionique, Université Paris-Sud, bâtiment 350, 91405 Orsay cedex, France
2  Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University of Prague, Brehova 7, 11519 Prague 1, Czech Republic
3  CEA/DIF, BP. 12, 91680 Bruyères-le-Chatel, France
4  Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, Université Paris-Sud, bâtiment 505, 91405 Orsay, France
5  LULI, École Polytechnique, 91123 Palaiseau, France
6  Department of Pure & Applied Physics, The Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, U. K.
7  Department of Physics, York University, Heslington YO10 5DD, U. K.
8  Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0QX, U.K.
9  Max Born Institut, Max-Born-Str. 2 A, 12489 Berlin, Germany

This paper summarises the main results obtained during the two experimental campaigns on TCE X-ray lasers that we have carried out since the last Kyoto X-ray laser Conference in 1998. A two-color ([MATH]) pumping configuration was tested and led to the observation of a strong lasing line at 16 nm, identified to a 4f-4d transition in Ni-like Ag. A strong x 300-400 enhancement of the 13.9 nm Ni-like 4d-4p lasing emission was obtained when a traveling wave short pulse pumping was applied. Finally the temporal history of the 13.9 nm laser pulse was measured with a high-resolution Streak camera. A very short, 2 ps X-ray laser pulse was directly demonstrated for the first time.

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