Characteristics of a saturated 18.9-nm tabletop laser operating at 5-Hz repetition rate
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We report the characteristics of a saturated high-repetition rate Ni-like Mo laser at 18.9 nm. This table-top soft X-ray laser was pumped at a 5-Hz repetition rate by 8-ps 1-J optical laser pulses impinging at grazing incidence into a precreated Mo plasma. The variation of the laser output intensity as a function of the grazing incidence angle of the main pump beam is reported. The maximum laser output intensity was observed for an angle of 20°, at which we measured a small signal gain of 65 cm–1 and a gain-length product g × l > 15. Spatial coherence measurements resulting from a Young’s ...