Ablation rates of iron and aluminium measured using an x-ray laser

M. H. Edwards*, P. Mistry, D. S. Whittaker, M. Vopsaroiu, G. J. Pert, G. J. Tallents, B. Rus, T. Mocek, M. Koslovà, J. Polan, A. Praeg, M. Stupka, P. Homer

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    The ablation of plain aluminium foil and aluminium foil with a thin (50 nm) iron coating was observed using a neon-like zinc x-ray laser. The 21.2 nm x-ray laser was produced by a double pass of a 3 cm long zinc target at the PALS centre in Prague. The x-ray laser was used to probe the sample targets as they were heated by a separate laser beam of 10 J, focussed to a 100 micron diameter spot. The data from the experiment are presented and compared with Ehybrid simulations and simple ablation rate calculations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number59190R
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
    EventSoft X-Ray Lasers and Applications VI - San Diego, CA, United States
    Duration: 2 Aug 20053 Aug 2005


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