Abstract

We describe a time-dependent wave-optics propagation model applicable to laboratory x-ray lasers and amplified spontaneous emission devices described in the literature. The model embodies a stochastic treatment of spontaneous emission, counterpropagating beams, diffraction, gain saturation, transverse variation of gain, and refractive effects due to electron density gradients. The model has been used to describe the output beam characteristics and spatial coherence properties of some plausible lasers.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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