Abstract

We report the first time-resolved measurements of emission from a double-pass soft x-ray laser cavity. In these experiments the output signal from a selenium x-ray laser had two temporal components clearly identifiable as the single- and double-pass emission, with the double-pass amplified signal more intense than the single pass. In addition to an unequivocal demonstration of double-pass amplification of soft x rays, the data provide information about of the time-dependent gain in these x-ray laser media, suggesting an effective gain-length profile which rises more slowly and falls-off more rapidly than predicted by state of the art hydrodynamics and kinetics codes.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

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