X-Ray and VUV Spectra from the Laser Plasma Produced with “Kanal-2” Facility

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The paper presents experimental results obtained on “Kanal-2” facility. Laser radiation focusing on the surface of plane magnesium targets created the high temperature plasma, which emitted X-ray and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation. This radiation spectrum was investigated with two spectrographs: the mica crystal spectrograph (working range 8.2 ? - 9.6 ?) and the grazing incidence VUV spectrograph (working rage 30 ? - 130 ?). A set of beryllium stepwise attenuators appended the diagnostic complex and allowed us to get an approximated picture of a continuous spectrum within the range of 2.2 ? - 6.2 ?. The estimation of the plasma electron temperature Te from the ratio between the intensity of the dielectronic satellites and the resonance line gives Te ~ 180 eV. The ratio between the intensity of the resonance and intercombination lines gives the electron density of the emitting zone ne ~ 2 × 1019 cm-3. Some lines observed within the spectral range of 8.5 ? - 9.1 ? belong to none of the transitions of Mg ions. Perhaps the observed spectrum is determined by the transitions in so-called hollow ions of Mg, i.e. in the ions with unfilled inner shells. The spectra obtained with the grazing incidence spectrograph and with the minimum-directioned discrepancy iteration method of spectrum reconstruction from the attenuation curve in the beryllium stepwise attenuators are also presented.

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A. Kologrivov, M. Osipov, V. Puzyrev, A. Starodub and O. Yakushev, "X-Ray and VUV Spectra from the Laser Plasma Produced with “Kanal-2” Facility," Journal of Modern Physics, Vol. 5 No. 2, 2014, pp. 92-97. doi: 10.4236/jmp.2014.52015.

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