Thin carbon fibres, coated with aluminium, are irradiated with approximately=120 ps, 0.53 mu m laser pulses yielding a specific absorbed energy of approximately=4 J cm-1 and time-resolved gain measurements on the n=4-3 and n=5-3 transitions of lithium-like Al XI ions in the recombining plasma are made. In particular, gain on the 4f-3d line at 15.4 nm is measured with alpha max approximately=2-3 cm-1 using both single-shot and multi-shot techniques. Gain measurements from multi-shot data on the 5f-3d line at 10.6 nm indicate alpha max approximately=1.5 cm-1. Observations are compared with theoretical calculations, discrepancies are noted and the need for reproducible plasma conditions in low gain-length product data sets is discussed.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|