Control of bright picosecond X-ray emission from intense subpicosecond laser-plasma interactions

J. Workman, A. Maksimchuk, X. Liu, U. Ellenberger, J. S. Coe, C. Y. Chien, D. Umstadter

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Using temporally and spectrally resolved diagnostics, we show that the pulse duration of laser-produced soft x rays emitted from solid targets can be controlled, permitting a reduction to as short as a few picoseconds. To enable this control, only a single parameter must be adjusted, namely, the intensity of the high-contrast ultrashort laser pulse (400 fs). These results are found to be in qualitative agreement with a simple model of radiation from a collisionally dominated atomic system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2324-2327
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1995


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