Terawatt lasers: probing unique material properties with novel diagnostic source

Donald Umstadter

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Short pulse and high intensity lasers can produce bright ultrashort-pulse-duration x-rays, electrons and ions. They also make highly nonequilibrium plasmas that can be used to deposit thin films with unique material properties. We present new experimental results all of these topics. We first report results on the characterization, control, and applications of ultrashort x rays emitted from laser plasmas. It is demonstrated experimentally that the pulse duration may be controlled by adjusting the incident ultrashort-pulse laser flux.1. Figure 1 shows streaked gold x-ray emission using high-contrast conditions for three different laser intensities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2
Number of pages2
JournalLEOS Summer Topical Meeting
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 IEEE/LEOS Summer Topical Meeting - Keystone, CO, USA
Duration: Aug 5 1996Aug 9 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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