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Title: Modeling the gain of inner-shell X-ray laser transitions in neon, argon, and copper driven by X-ray free electron laser radiation using photo-ionization and photo-excitation processes

Using an X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) at 960 eV to photo-ionize the 1s electron in neutral neon followed by lasing on the 2p-1s transition in singly-ionized neon, an inner-shell X-ray laser was demonstrated at 849 eV in singly-ionized neon gas several years ago. It took decades to demonstrate this scheme, because it required a very strong X-ray source that could photo-ionize the 1s (K shell) electron in neon on a timescale comparable to the intrinsic Auger lifetime in neon of 2 fs. In this paper, we model the neon inner shell X-ray laser under similar conditions to those used in the XFEL experiments at the SLAC Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), and show how we can improve the efficiency of the neon laser and reduce the drive requirements by tuning the XFEL to the 1s-3p transition in neutral neon in order to create gain on the 2p-1s line in neutral neon. We also show how the XFEL could be used to photo-ionize L-shell electrons to drive gain on n = 3–2 transitions in singly-ionized Ar and Cu plasmas. Furthermore, these bright, coherent, and monochromatic X-ray lasers may prove very useful for doing high-resolution spectroscopy and for studying non-linear processmore » in the X-ray regime.« less
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2468-080X
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Matter and Radiation at Extremes
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Journal Volume: 1; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2468-080X
Science and Technology Information Center, China Academy of Engineering Physics; Elsevier
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Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, CA (United States)
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United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION; photo-pumping; X-ray free-electron laser; X-ray laser
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OSTI ID: 1281691