Yvonne Carts-Powell

Finer Control from an X-ray Laser

In beautiful, Science, technology, writing on February 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Ionized neon atom provides population inversion

Most lasers with visible and infrared wavelengths use population inversion to create lasing; but X-rays lasers—while theoretically capable of being created this way—have used alternative schemes, partially because X-ray sources could not act as adequate pumps.

Now, they have. And that pleases me, because there’s something elegant and delightful about population inversion for stimulated emission.

Read more in my article: Finer Control from an X-ray Laser from Optics & Photonics News.

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