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X-Ray Lasers as Probes of Plasma Parameters

Tallents, G. J., Booth, N., Edwards, M. H., Gartside, L. M. R., Huang, H., Rossall, A. K., Wagenaars, E. and Whittaker, D. S. (2009) X-Ray Lasers as Probes of Plasma Parameters. In: X-Ray Lasers 2008. Springer Proceedings in Physics, 130 . Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 331-340. ISBN 9781402099236

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General issues relevant to the probing of plasmas with backlighters are first discussed. It is shown that soft x-ray wavelengths (> 10 nm) can generally probe thicker plasmas than harder radiation (< 1 nm) if the plasma is hot (> 100 eV). Demonstration experiments are discussed where the transmission of x-ray lasers through other laser-heated solid targets have been used (i) to measure the rate of laser ablation of solid targets and (ii) to probe the opacity of a plasma material. It is shown that narrow bandwidth radiation, such as from an x-ray laser, offers the ability to probe much more optically thick plasmas than backlighters composed of moderate to wide bandwidth spectral lines.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
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Depositing User: Andrew Rossall
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 12:09
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:58


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