Abstract

A strongly saturated waveguide-based optical-field-ionization soft-x-ray laser seeded by high harmonic generation was demonstrated for Ni-like Kr lasing at 32.8nm. Compared with the same laser seeded only with spontaneous emission, seeding with high harmonics yields much smaller divergence, enhanced spatial coherence, and controlled polarization. The integration of high harmonic seeding, optically preformed plasma waveguide, and optical-field-ionization pumping forms one of the optimal archetypes of an ultrashort-pulse soft-x-ray laser.

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