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We report the near-field imaging characterization of a 10 Hz Ni-like 18.9 nm molybdenum soft-x-ray laser pumped in a grazing incidence pumping (GRIP) geometry with a table-top laser driver. We investigate the effect of varying the GRIP angle on the spatial behavior of the soft-x-ray laser source. After multiparameter optimization, we were able to find(More)
To facilitate the use of the extended nuclear shell model (NSM), a FERMI module for calculating some of its basic quantities in the framework of MAPLE is provided. The Moshinsky brackets, the matrix elements for several central and non-central interactions between nuclear two-particle states as well as their expansion in terms of Talmi integrals are easily(More)
A transient collisionally pumped X-ray laser (XRL) driven by the infrared pulses from the PHELIX laser preamplifier at GSI has successfully been put into operation. Strong lasing at 22 nm has been observed in nickel-like zirconium. Experimental data from the optimization of the XRL energy output support the conclusion that inverse Bremsstrahlung plays a key(More)
Intense and stable laser operation with Ni-like Zr and Ag was demonstrated at pump energies between 2 J and 5 J energy from the PHELIX pre-amplifier section. A novel single mirror focusing scheme for the TCE x-ray laser ~XRL! has been successfully implemented by the LIXAM0MBI0GSI collaboration under different pump geometries. This shows potential for an(More)
A pump scheme with one long and two short pump pulses is proposed, in a grazing incidence pumping x-ray laser (XRL) configuration. A 360 ps long pulse, prepares a plasma in a low charge state. Then, an initial short pulse ionizes the plasma to an optimal charge state, while the second short pulse induces strong collisional excitation in the gain region.(More)
Characterization of the chirp in stretched laser pulses is performed with a novel, simple method, based on the use of a plasma mirror switch coupled with a spectrometer. For a 36nm full width half maximum bandwidth and 360ps chirped laser pulse, the spectral phase of the pulse was measured in few hundred of points. Besides the chirp measurement, the(More)
Silicon substrates were irradiated at normal incidence with a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser (Quatronix, 90 fs pulse duration, 1 kHz repetition rate, M(2) ~ 1.2, maximum energy peak 350 mJ ) operating at a wavelength of 400 nm and focused via a microscope objective (Newport; UV Objective Model, 37x 0.11 N.A.). The laser scanning was assisted by liquids(More)
We have investigated a new scheme for laser plasma transient collisional soft x-ray lasers based on the use of an additional laser to produce the preplasma. Soft x-ray emission measurements made for different solid targets are presented and discussed. A significant enhancement of the SXRL emission as compared to double-pulse single-beam grazing incidence(More)
Development of efficient soft x-ray laser plasma amplifiers adapted to seeded operation, requires a better control over amplifier transverse spatial extent, brilliance control and gain lifetime. Here it is shown that pumping the plasma amplifier with one long and two short pump pulses (1L2S) provides advantages in terms of control for the specified(More)
We report the major achievements of the construction of the Petawatt High-Energy Laser for Heavy-Ion Experiments (PHELIX) that will be capable of producing pulses up to the peak power of one PW (10 W) in 500 fs and 4 kJ in 10 ns. In July and August, the commissioning of the main amplifier (MA) of PHELIX was started employing the stretched pulses of the(More)