Optical source model for the 23.2-23.6 nm radiation from the multielement germanium soft X-ray laser

R.E. Burge, X.C. Yuan, G.E. Slark, M.T. Browne, P. Charalambous, Ciaran Lewis, G.F. Cairns, A.G. MacPhee, D. Neely

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Abstract

Distributions of source intensity in two dimensions (designated the source model), averaged over a single laser pulse, based on experimental measurements of spatial coherence, are considered for radiation from the unresolved 23.2/23.6 nm spectral lines from the germanium collisional X-ray laser. The model derives from measurements of the visibility of Young slit interference fringes determined by a method based on the Wiener-Khinchin theorem. Output from amplifiers comprising three and four target elements have similar coherence properties in directions within the horizontal plane corresponding to strong plasma refraction effects and fitting the coherence data shows source dimensions (FWHM) are similar to 26 mu m (horizontal), significantly smaller than expected by direct imaging, and similar to 125 mu m (vertical: equivalent to the height of the driver excitation). (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-133
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Communications
Volume169
Issue number1-6
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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