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Coherent beams at soft X-ray (SXR) wavelengths can be generated using extreme nonlinear optics by focusing an intense laser into a gas. In this paper, we discuss phase-matching and quasi-phase-matching techniques that use gas-filled modulated waveguides to enhance the frequency conversion process. This leads to the generation of SXR beams that are both spatially and temporally coherent.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2006