Abstract

Using a series of 150-ps pulses from the Nova laser to illuminate neodymium slab targets, we observe a 38-ps-duration lasing pulse at 7.906 nm in nickellike neodymium on the J = 0 → 1, 4d →4p transition. To overcome the low gain in this system, we used a traveling-wave geometry in conjunction with two slab targets that were coupled lengthwise to increase the effective length and whose surfaces were curved to compensate partially for refraction effects.

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