Abstract

The laser-produced plasma channel may be a promising means of producing an efficient compact soft-x-ray laser. The plasma parameters in such a plasma waveguide are calculated with a self-similar model. It is shown that nonequilibrium underdense plasmas and candidate ions for recombination laser schemes can be obtained. As an example, the laser gains of the transition 1s3d1s2p of He-like N ions are calculated for given pumping energies and initial gas densities.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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