Modeling of laser-created plasmas and soft x-ray lasers
This dissertation describes the development of computer models to simulate laser created plasmas used to generate soft x-ray lasers. These compact short wavelength lasers have substantial average powers and very high peak brightness, that make them of significant interest for many applications. A better understanding of the plasmas is necessary to advance the development of these lasers into more compact, efficient, and higher power sources of coherent soft x-ray light. The plasma phenomena involved are complex, and require a detailed computer model of the coupled magneto-hydrodynamic and ...
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