The application of extreme ultra-violet lasers in plasma heating and diagnosis

Greg J. Tallents, Valentin Aslanyan, Andrew Rossall, Sarah Wilson, Mohammed Shahzad

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Laser-plasma studies have been undertaken for 50 years using infra-red to ultra-violet lasers. We show that a new regime of laser-produced plasmas can be created with capillary discharge and free electron lasers operating in the extreme ultra-violet (EUV). For example, EUV radiation (wavelength < 50 nm) has a critical electron density above electron densities formed by ionization at solid material density and so potentially can penetrate to large depth into a solid density plasma. We explore here the importance of this penetration in ablating solid targets, in creating novel warm dense matter and in the diagnosis of plasmas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationX-Ray Lasers and Coherent X-Ray Sources
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment and Applications XI
EditorsAnnie Klisnick, Carmen S. Menoni
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781628417555
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventSPIE Optical Engineering + Applications - San Diego Convention Centre, San Diego, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201513 Aug 2015
Conference number: XI (Link to Conference Details)

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSPIE Optical Engineering + Applications
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address


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