Abstract

In the course of conducting laser–target interaction experiments at 20-ps pulse length using Al and Mg targets, to determine the ionization balance of these elements, time-resolved K-shell spectral line strengths were obtained, suggesting population inversions between excited levels in both He-like and H-like ions. Effects of resonance-line opacities need to be analyzed in more detail, but opacity effects alone do not account for the anomalous line-intensity ratios that are observed to persist 200–300 ps after the laser pulse. Comparisons with 50-ps and 100-ps pulse shots do not show evidence of inversion, although nonequilibrium spectral line-intensity distributions are observed.

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