Abstract

We demonstrate a novel technique for time-resolved spectroscopic studies of highly excited ions. The technique uses a laser-produced plasma as a short-pulse, soft-x-ray light source with a high repetition rate. A Nd:YAG laser with a pulse duration of 90 psec, a pulse energy of 70 μJ, and repetition rate of 104 pulses per second is focused onto a rotating metal target. Soft x rays from the resulting plasma photoionize a gas surrounding the target, and fluorescence from the gas is detected by using a spectrometer and a high-speed photodetector. Using the technique of time-correlated photon counting, we determined the radiative lifetime and collisional quenching rate of the Xe iii 5s05p6 1S0 state by observing its fluorescence at 108.9 nm. A time resolution of better than 400 psec was obtained. We also measured relative Auger decay yields of a core hole state in xenon using a higher-energy laser-produced plasma light source at a lower repetition rate.

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