Lasing at 52.9 nm in Ne-like chlorine and steps towards shorter wavelength capillary discharge lasers
Significant advances have been obtained in the past few years in the development of soft x-ray lasers. Both, laser-pumped and discharge-pumped schemes have been successfully demonstrated. In particular, a very compact capillary discharge laser has been demonstrated to deliver an average power of several mW in the 46.9 nm line of Ne-like Ar. The work presented in this thesis, that was motivated by the possibility extending the very practical discharge excitation scheme to other short wavelengths laser transitions, can be divided in two parts. The first resulted in the successful demonstration of ...