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Toward a tabletop x-ray laser with Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Engineering Building Room ECCR 105

Speaker Name(s): 

Susanna Brown

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Colorado Boulder
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • COSI Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

An central goal for imaging research is to improve spatial and temporal resolution.  A conceptually straightforward way to achieve this goal is to create images using short-wavelength, ultrafast pulses of light.  High Harmonic Generation (HHG) provides a means to create ultrafast, laser-like x-rays on a tabletop by up-converting infrared or visible driving laser radiation.  This could provide sub-nanometer spatial resolution and attosecond-level time resolution.  We are using a technique called Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) to develop a suitable mid-infrared driving laser for High Harmonic Generation of soft x-rays.