We demonstrate intense emission in the water-window soft x-ray spectral region by controlling the spectral behavior through changing the balance between emissivity and self-absorption in an expanding plasma. The number of photons obtained from a dual laser irradiated target with a 150-ps pre-pulse was maximized at 3.8 × 1014 photons/sr in λ = 2.34 − 4.38 nm at a pulse separation time of 7 − 10 ns. Enhancement of the number of photons is attributed to efficient coupling with the main laser pulse while maintaining a tiny source size.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics