Abstract

This paper describes calculations and experiments about soft-x-ray amplification by lithiumlike ions in recombining laser-produced plasmas. Time- and space-dependent population inversion densities calculated with a collisional-radiative model used as the postprocessor of a hydrodynamic code are reported. Amplification diagnostic accuracy in plasma experiments is discussed. Time-integrated and time-resolved measurements of gain are presented, especially at 105.7 Å in lithiumlike aluminum. It is shown that, in a plasma produced by a 3-nsec laser pulse, the peak of amplified radiation occurs about 7 nsec after the top of the pulse. The maximum gain–length product measured previously was 2–2.5. A short description of a future experiment designed for producing a much larger gain is presented.

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