X-Ray Emission from Laser Irradiated Structured Gold Targets

  • T. Desai
  • H. Daido
  • M. Suzuk
  • N. Sakaya
  • Ariel R. Guerreiro
  • K. Mima


Laser produced plasma is a potential source of X-rays and there has been a substantial work on the generation of such sources14 using various laser parameters like wavelength, pulse duration, laser intensity and also target atomic numbers etc.. X-ray enhancement by micro structuring the target surface59 and target configurationlike spherical cavity10 and half cylindrical grooves11 have been reported. A continuum X-ray spectra in 1–100 nm range can be easily produced by using a laser beam of wavelength ~1 µm, pulse duration ~10 ns, power density ~1012 W/cm2 on a high “z” target materials3 like gold (z =79). Such spectra is obtained due to various transition to N and O shells ie.on the dynamics of the populations of electron energy levels. The purpose of the experiment reported here was to study the possibility of obtaining higher X-ray yield for a given laser parameter and target material. Present results show that we can obtain almost twice the X-ray flux as compared to planar gold slab target by simply modifying the target surface. ie. the size and cost of the laser system to produce a given X-ray flux can be reduced.


Target Surface Structure Target Source Size Ablation Depth Groove Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Desai
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. Daido
    • 1
  • M. Suzuk
    • 1
  • N. Sakaya
    • 1
  • Ariel R. Guerreiro
    • 2
  • K. Mima
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Laser EngineeringOsaka UniversitySuita OsakaJapan
  2. 2.GoLP/Centro de Fisica de PlasmasInstituto Superior TecnicoLisboa CodexPortugal

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